Dr. Josh Axe, a physician and certified nutritionist, appeared on the Dr. Oz show to discuss what he calls "metabolism death foods."(1) Wow. As the eye-opening name suggests, they're foods people should stay far away from if they want to shed pounds and keep their body functioning properly.
"Most women are eating foods that are absolutely wreaking havoc on their metabolism," he says.
Dr. Josh Axe says that certain foods act like toxins in the body, disrupting its ability to rev up the metabolism. As such, he suggests making these dietary changes:
Swap whole grains for sprouted grains and coconut flour
Dr. Axe explains that whole wheat products contain phytic acid, which blocks the body's ability to absorb certain nutrients. Learn more about why wheat can be bad for you here.
Instead, he suggests alternatives like sprouted grains and coconut flour (the latter he refers to as "a dieters best friend") because they do not have phytic acid. In fact, they work to boost metabolism, help thyroid problems and improve digestion.
Swap peanut butter for almond butter
Referring to peanut butter as something that is like "death to your gut," Dr. Axe advises switching to almond butter which has an amino acid that helps "set the metabolism on fire." He says about one tablespoon daily can aid in the process of building lean muscle and burning fat.
Swap canola oil for grass-fed butter (yes, butter)
Canola oil is loaded with blends of oils that contribute to inflammation in the body.
"Your belly loves butter," says Dr. Axe, who explains that over 30 studies have shown that butter contains healthy fatty acids proven to burn belly fat. Look for grass-fed butters which may have the words, "pasture butter" on the label.
Making these changes is very likely to not only aid in the weight-loss process, but improve overall health. Win-win!
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Jennifer Lea Reynolds is a weight loss success story who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle. A fan of the elliptical, roasted asparagus and remembering to put the lid on the blender, she’s appeared in many national and local print publications. She lives in New England where she writes professionally about health and wellness in online publications including Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and more.