Mistakes That Slow Metabolism: Sometimes a carrot stick is just a carrot stick. But for many of us, it’s a crunchy, bright orange vehicle for decadent dip—blue cheese, perhaps, or a nice herbed ranch. And as you dunk your sixth or seventh spear into that delicious dressing, you might tell yourself, Well, at least I’m eating a hearty serving of veggies right now. True—but you’re also consuming quite a lot of salt, fat, and calories.
Mistakes That Slow Metabolism wrecking our otherwise healthy food picks along with our waistlines is often beyond our control. In his book The End of Overeating, former FDA commissioner David Kessler, MD, explains that when you smell, see, or even think about “highly palatable” foods—ones that are high in fat, sugar, or salt—your brain can trigger the release of dopamine, the reward-seeking neurotransmitter. Just walking by a Krispy Kreme can cause your brain to send the “eat me” signal loud and clear. So in a way, you can blame the dopamine surge for forcing you to eat that glazed doughnut.
The fact is, it’s possible to stop your pleasure-seeking brain from making menu decisions—you just need to know what to look for and be knowledgeable about what counts as a “pitfall.” Check out these common acts of food sabotage, plus our easy strategies for steering clear of them, so that more often than not, you can keep delicious, healthy food top of mind, even in the face of temptation.
1. Eating Mistakes That Slow Metabolism you dunk veggies into fat traps.
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While it may seem like a good idea to watch TV with a plate of crisp crudités on the coffee table in front of you, that jar of peanut butter sitting right next to it can spell trouble. Sure, peanut butter provides healthy fat and protein, but it also has 94 calories per tablespoon. And 2 tablespoons of creamy dressing can pack 145 calories and 15 g of fat. “Eating just one hundred calories more each day can translate to about a 10-pound weight gain over the course of a year,” says Brian Wansink, PhD, author ofMindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.
Fix it! If you’re dying to dip, mix fat-free plain Greek yogurt with salsa or zingy seasonings such as horseradish or curry powder. Prepared hummus or black-bean dips coat raw veggies with protein, fiber, and flavor.