10 Common Foods That Are Completely Messing with Your Metabolism
Your metabolism—the internal furnace that burns calories to keep you running—slows as you get older. Don’t make things worse by eating stuff that reduces metabolism to a flickering flame.
The news is grim: With each passing year, your natural calorie burn slows further. It’s a big reason many people find that as they age, they gain weight even though they’re eating the same. (Just make sure you don’t have one of the nine medical causes of slow metabolism). Artificial sweeteners are a problem because they can change gut bacteria, causing blood sugar to spike and thereby raise your risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to research published in the respected journal, Nature. Instead, opt for water. Not drinking enough water is a major metabolism mistake. “When you feel thirsty, you’re likely already one to two percent dehydrated,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN. “Water may help you feel fuller and help you eat less at meals. It might even help temporarily boost pre-meal metabolism.” Gorin goes on to site one study in which obese British adults were asked to drink about two cups of water before eating each of their daily meals. They lost more than nine pounds in about three months, which is a lot more than the people who didn’t drink water before meals.