Have you noticed that some people can eat kilos of junk foods at night and stay lean?

“This is due to good metabolism” - say enviously those, who gain weight after eating a small piece of bread.

Metabolism (also called metabolic rate) is a system of chemical reactions, which generate and use energy necessary for your life. In short, this is the rate you burns calories.

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Actually your body expends energy not only during exercises and other sorts of physical activity. Breathing, maintaining optimal body temperature and even digesting foods requires certain amounts of calories.

How much energy your body spends, performing its functions, depends mainly on genetic features.

So, if you're lucky to have high metabolic rate, you burn many calories, when resting and sleeping.

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Things go worse for others, who live with low metabolism and need to eat less in order to prevent weight gain.

However numerous studies found that your lifestyle and dietary choices can significantly change your hormone balance, metabolic rate and appearance.

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While we know a lot about coffee, green tea, ginger and other “metabolism boosters”, there is few information about the foods that can impair the way, your body spends calories.

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So, let's get acquainted with products, which can slow down your metabolic rate and make it hard to lose weight.

#1. Soda – all these sugar-full beverages contain high amounts of fructose, which builds up in the liver and often turns into fat. Drinking too much soda and packaged fruit juice (yes, dear, commercial juices contain as much sugar, as fizzy drinks do) can switch off sense of fullness and boost production of hunger-hormone ghrelin. This commonly results in overeating and weight gain.

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#2. Granola – you may be surprised that granola, widely known as health food, can add several pounds to your weight. The reason is that manufacturers often put glucose syrups or processed honey to make the product more delicious. To have tasty breakfast without gaining extra pounds, make homemade granola, using whole cereals, raisins, nuts and cinnamon.

#3. Processed vegetable oils – you've probably heard that vegetable oils are much healthier options for your health than butter, dairy products and other sources of saturated fats. In reality, many commercial vegetable oils like safflower, canola and sunflower oils are genetically modified and filled with solvents. When vegetable oils are used during processing foods, they get oxidized that promotes inflammation and disrupts metabolism.

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#4. Artificial sweeteners – aspartame and sucralose are widely considered to satisfy your sweet cravings without widening your waistline. However they can boost your appetite and trigger cravings for high-carb foods. Increased appetite is something, people find very difficult to struggle with. Therefore, artificial sweeteners may increase calorie consumption.

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#5. Refined grains – it seems that cereals are the most health-friendly foods. But in reality, taking refined flour, pasta, crackers etc. is associated with changes in gut microbiome, metabolic rate and with chronic inflammation.

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The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!

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