4. Fruit Juice -
Contrary to popular belief, fat isn’t the first thing that will make you fat — it’s consuming too much sugar. Drinking fruit juice and consuming too much sugar will absolutely wreck your metabolism!
Fruit juice including most apple, orange and grape juice is basically chemically laden sugar water! I know something like apple juice sounds healthy, but the process of turning an apple into juice is as follows.
First, they press the apple and remove all of the fiber, then they heat it up through pasteurization at 280 degrees, then it’s dried and turned into a concentrate, then finally, they add in sugar, food coloring and flavorings and that is the apple juice you buy today.
One eight-ounce glass of fruit juice contains 30 grams of sugar, while a soda contains 28 grams of sugar!
Also, you should avoid other forms of sugar which can hide under names like: corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, juice concentrate, maltodextrin, raw sugar and brown sugar.
What to do instead: To replace fruit juice, I recommend making homemade lemonade, mixing real lemon juice, water and stevia. Kombucha is another great option as well as herbal tea mixed with raw honey. Or, drinking coconut water, which is nature’s gatorade, is another great option!
5. Whole Grains
Whole grains may be the No. 1 offender when it comes to ruining your metabolism and weight loss efforts. I know it may seem like “whole grains” like wheat bread are healthy, but most are far from helping your metabolism.
Three of the main compounds in grains hurt your metabolism include gluten, starch and phytic acid. Gluten causes inflammation, which is the root of all diseases — starch turns into sugar quickly and phytic acid binds to minerals, so you’re not getting most of the minerals and vitamins from whole grains that could have helped your metabolism.
Some of the biggest whole grain offenders include: bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, muffins, desserts, flours, chips and granola bars.
What to do instead: A better option for fat loss is replacing your daily intake of grains with fruits and vegetables or consuming up to one piece daily of a sprouted grain bread (like Ezekiel bread) or sourdough. Also, the best flour replacement to use instead of wheat flour is coconut flour. Coconut flour is a dieter’s best friend because it’s high in fiber, which supports rapid fat loss and contains fats your body can burn as fuel.
Article written by Dr. Josh Axe