Beware Of These Metabolism-Slowing Foods And Drinks

Contrary to popular belief, you can change your metabolism. Proper diet, exercise, and sleep can speed up your metabolism. But certain foods slow it down. Even “healthy” foods, such as bread and unwashed fruits and vegetables, can make you gain weight. If you want to stimulate your metabolism, avoid these foods and drinks.

Why White Bread Causes Weight Gain

White bread is made of refined grains, which are stripped of fiber and nutrients and loaded with sugar. Because of this, these grains can worsen your metabolism. In 2014, a study in The American Journal of Nutrition found that refined grains are much worse for your metabolism than whole grains.

Homemade Hokkaido wheat toast bread is sliced on white cloth on table.
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White bread is made from simple carbs, which are easy to break down. This can cause your metabolism to relax instead of vamping up. The good news is that switching to whole grains will boost your metabolism, says a 2017 study from the same journal.