5 Foods That Slow Down Your Metabolism

Updated 11/21/19

We pick the brains of models day in and day out, trying to learn their elusive secrets. We hear a lot about eating clean and avoiding sugar, but rarely do we hear health tips from a model who also happens to have her degree in nutritional science. That’s exactly what we found in Alicia Rountree. The Mauritian model (she’s got the island hair and bronzed glow to prove it) is also a certified nutritionist and a restaurateur (talk about putting your knowledge into practice, right?), and she shared her best secrets with us.

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So you're eating right and hitting the gym, but it still feels like your weight has plateaued. It's easy to look past everyday items in your fridge that you consider "healthy" but are actually filled with processed ingredients and added sugar. Reading labels on the items you pick up on weekly grocery runs is a smart way to ensure what you're eating is actually good for you. Curious to know what those hidden culprits might be?

Read on for five foods that can slow your metabolism.

Simple Carbs

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Think white bread, cookies, sugary cereals, candy—any white, refined carbs are likely to stagnate your metabolism. Not only do these foods lack nutritional value, but also the trace amount of fiber they provide isn't enough to burn extra calories. Opt for foods high in fiber like barley, brown rice, and whole wheat bread to rev up your metabolism.

Processed Oils

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Processed oils are not only stripped of nutritional value but also can be manufactured with harmful solvents and chemicals. Soybean and canola oil also contain higher amounts of trans fat compared to other options like olive oil and raw coconut oil, which serve as excellent substitutes.

Granola

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Granola may seem healthy, but too often it's coated with added sugar and made up of overly processed grains, making it high in calories. Store-bought granola also contains honey that's been so pasteurized that it's lost its enzymes and health benefits. Buying your granola at health food stores is a smart way to ensure you're investing in the right grains—just be sure to read the label carefully for any added sugar.

Yogurt

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Be wary of flavored yogurt. Filled with sugar and coloring, these simple carbs are quickly digested, making you feel hungry shortly after. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of high-quality Greek yogurt—it's actually good for you and your metabolism. It provides you with a high protein concentration and probiotics. This revs up your metabolism, plus probiotics are wonderful for the gut.

Sleep

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Alright, so this isn't a food, but it is one of the most crucial reasons why your metabolism could be running slow. Make sure you get enough sleep every night. It’s a good idea to keep a rhythm of going to bed and waking up at the same time. Set a schedule and stick to it.

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Up next, read on to see Alicia's picks for the best natural metabolism boosters.

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