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Four Carbs That'll Slow Down Your Metabolism

Note from Patty: Sometimes making small changes can make a big difference in how we feel and in our dietary endeavors. This article shares 4 simple things to cut down on (or easily eliminate) from having too often. Life is all in the details, right?

(Surprise: Pasta is not on this list!)

No foods should be completely off limits. But if you are trying to lose weight and increase your metabolism, there are certain carbs that are best when eaten in moderation. These refined carbohydrates are examples of foods that are high in sugar, but low in fiber content and other important nutrients. They won’t fill you up like whole, unrefined carbs, proteins, and healthy fats and can contribute to other health issues like an increased risk of cardiovascular disorder and Type 2 diabetes.

Here are four carbs no one over 40 should be eating anymore because they slow down your metabolism.

Sugar-Filled Cereals

It’s a sad day when you realize the breakfast cereals you once believed were healthy are seriously lacking in nutrients. Many processed cereals are high in sugar — some (like raisin bran) can have as much as 18 grams of sugar per small 1 cup serving. There are cereals out there that are made with whole grains and are high in fiber and low in sugar, but it becomes increasingly important to read labels when picking and choosing cereals.

Flavored Yogurt

Yogurt is a probiotic-rich food that is high in calcium, protein, and other vitamins and minerals — as long as you’re choosing the right kind of yogurt. There is a major difference between plain, low-fat Greek yogurt and flavored, or fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts. And that difference comes down to sugar content. Always choose plain varieties and dress them up yourself with toppings like berries or nuts and seeds.


It’s the very definition of empty calories: one can of soda contains 39 grams of sugar and 150 calories — with absolutely no vitamins, minerals, protein, nada.

A much, much better bet is to make a refreshing and tasty water or sparkling water beverage infused with fruit, cucumbers, and herbs like mint.

Fried Carb Treats

They’re the highlight of every street fair — and should be enjoyed at every street fair. But fried carb treats like Zeppole are high in sugar and saturated fat and low in just about every nutrient. Good news for Zeppole fans: these oven-baked Zeppole are still every bit as delicious, without being deep friend in oil.


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