5 Foods That Slow Your Metabolism More Than Anything Else

Updated 10/30/17

We pick the brains of models day in and day out. We’re constantly prying into their medicine cabinets and kitchen cupboards, trying to uncover their elusive model secrets. We hear a lot about eating clean and avoiding sugar, but rarely do we hear diet 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 (she has be able to put her knowledge into practice, right?), and today she’s sharing her 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 you're eating healthy. Curious to know what those hidden culprits may 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—as nutritional benefits are stripped away in the process—but the trace amount of fiber left behind 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 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.


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You may think that granola is 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 has 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.


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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.


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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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