10 Foods and Drinks That Are Messing With Your Metabolism (And Making Those Beautiful Muffin Tops)

New year, new you. Or at least, that’s what you’re hoping for when you drum up your resolutions. One of them is likely to lose weight. (Hey, no shame. We blame quarantine.) To that end, you might have decided to hit the ground running, bike more, or lift weights. But no matter how hard you sweat, if your diet is suboptimal, you won’t drop those pounds. (Weight loss is, after all, about calories consumed versus calories burned.) Even worse, if you eat the wrong foods, your metabolism (aka your body’s incinerator) will get wrecked, rendering your efforts useless.

That’s why we’re here – to shine a light on the dark underbelly of eating and expose the foods that are holding you back from your beach bod. Cut these edible devils out of your diet and you’ll start reaping the benefits of a well-tuned metabolism immediately. (Dad bod is so 2015.) These are the 10 foods that are messing with your metabolism (and making those beautiful muffin tops).

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