If your metabolism is healthy and running as it should, it burns off your calories and keeps you feeling excellent. Exercise and plenty of sleep also help your metabolism function optimally, but did you know that certain foods you eat could be sabotaging your efforts?
These six foods could be slowing down that burn you count on your metabolism for to keep things running optimally.
Are you consuming any of these metabolism-busters regularly?
1. Refined grains
There's a difference between whole grains that fuel your body and refined grains. Refined grains are stripped of that necessary fibre and nutrients your body needs. These grains are refined in the interest of taste and texture, but they leave your metabolism slower. You can bypass this issue by choosing whole grains that haven't gone through the refining process.
2. Sugary drinks
Sugar is dangerous, especially in liquid form. Sodas, energy drinks, or even sports drinks can all drag your metabolism down. If you want to make sure your efforts at the gym aren't wasted, stop drinking your calories. Save the sugar for a rare treat, like a little slice of birthday cake on your big day. It's a much better tradeoff!
3. Processed vegetable oils
They might sound healthy with names like sunflower oil or soybean oil. But these processed vegetable oils, which include canola oil, have a higher risk for heart disease. If necessary choose coconut oil instead. But ultimately it’s best avoid the oils altogether.
4. Artificial sweeteners
Perhaps the only thing worse than sugar itself is artificial sweeteners. You may think you're making a healthier choice, but choosing sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin are all linked to health issues you certainly want to avoid. They can also mess with the good bacteria in your gut, which could hinder your weight loss efforts. Avoid artificial sweeteners -- if you need to use a sweetener, use something natural such as stevia, pure maple syrup or raw honey.
5. Non-organic produce
Organic produce might cost more, but in the end, you'll wind up spending less on healthcare by staying healthier. When you buy non-organic, you're getting more pesticides which slow down the metabolism, not to mention cause high insulin levels and glucose intolerance. Take a look at the 2019 Clean Fifteen/Dirty Dozen list to see the items you should always buy organic, and the ones you can opt to buy conventionally.
It seems like a healthy choice, but the granola you find in your supermarket often contains hidden sugars and added ingredients that don't do you any favours. When you take in more sugar than you think, you cause an overload known as leptin resistance. This makes you hungrier while slowing that metabolism to a crawl. If you love granola, you can make your own by selecting fresh seeds, nuts, and oats to enjoy the taste and get true health benefits.
Now that you know what foods might be harming your metabolism get started on cutting them from your diet.
If it's hard to rid soda from your life, start weaning until you no longer crave it. Replace it with water flavored with fresh fruits, and you'll be on your way to looking and feeling better from the inside out!
Even with dietary changes it can take up to 12 months to rebalance your metabolism and hunger-hormones. Including essential oils are another way to support you body cutting out these foods and getting your metabolism back on track.
To be honest I completely dismissed doTERRA’s Slim & Sassy blend during my first year educating people about oils. I’m a big believer that when it comes to weight loss that there’s no short cuts - slow and steady is the only way to go. So no way was I going to tell someone to just start using this oil and all their weight would drop off.
Turns out I didn’t truly understand the role of plants in supporting weight loss.
Let’s delve into this….
doTERRA’s metabolic blend contains cinnamon, ginger, peppermint, lemon and grapefruit. Each oil plays a specific and synergistic role in supporting weight loss and balancing metabolism.
Cinnamon helps to support steady blood sugar balance. With blood sugars are out of whack and the spikes and dips that goes along with it you’ve got a recipe for overeating and cravings. Cinnamon balances by influencing how insulin works to bring the glucose into your cells and burn it for energy rather than converting it to fat for storage.
Ginger is famous for it’s ability to help support healthy digestion. If we are digesting and absorbing more nutrients from the food we eat then our body will feel more nourished leaving you less likely to have food cravings. Ginger also helps to support better fat metabolism. Which basically means it’s helping our body at the cellular level to metabolise fat more effectively.
Peppermint - who doesn’t know it for its digestive support. Peppermint eases digestive discomfort by reducing inflammation along the gut lining. Even if you don’t actually experience discomfort, due to the typical western & environment we live in you are likely to have some degree of inflammation along the gut-lining. This inflammation hampers your ability to absorb nutrients leading to…..you guessed it -food cravings.
Lemon & grapefruit are both similar in their roles. But grapefruit has an added effect - Grapefruit acts like an appetite thermostat. If you have an under active appetite you’re likely going long periods without eating and skipping meals. This causes your body to go into starvation mode leaving you wondering why you’re not losing weight when you eat so little!
On the other hand you might have an over active appetite. You’re eating all your meals and picking like crazy in between.
But get this - grapefruit will up regulate the under active appetite and down regulate the over active appetite just like a thermostat.
All citrus oils are also great for cleaning our bodies of unwanted toxins by binding toxins and removing them more effectively.
Over the years it’s likely you’ve built up toxin stores in your cells. When your body is struggling to keep up with eliminating excess toxins your body encapsulates these fat-soluble toxins in fat cells to protect you from them and get them away from your vital organs….hello love handles and queasy thighs.
That fat becomes very resistant. Your body doesn’t want to burn these fat cells for energy because if it does then we have toxins on the loss again. So you’re left with this resistant fat.
Citrus oils help bind these toxins and eliminate them - which has become known as the ‘toxic backlash’. With toxins been eliminated from these fat cells your body won’t need to hold onto them and you can start to metabolise those cells for energy.
And just incase your body, based on a history of unhealthy habits still wants to produce fat cells which you don’t want - more fat cells equals more storage capacity, citrus oils also help your body to metabolise those fat cells, so you basically better fat burner.
Hell no! I don’t shy away from recommending this blend now.
It’s not a panacea for weight loss, but let’s face it our bodies have a lot to deal. Just a little added support from therapeutic plants can help your body do want it naturally wants to do.
Your turn: Have you made changes that effected your metabolism? Have you tried essential oils to support your metabolism?