4 Worst Drinks Slowing Your Metabolism, Say Dietitians — Eat This Not That

What you sip on plays a big role in how your body functions—and these drinks have been known for slowing down your metabolism.

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Age, hormone shifts, and natural changes in muscle mass are just some of the factors that could be causing your metabolism to slow. While we can’t do much about some of these natural progressions, there are several lifestyle factors that could be causing a slower metabolism, too. Many lifestyle habits, like what you eat, drink, and how much you sleep can influence your metabolism, and the good news is you have a say in improving these factors.

When it comes to what you’re drinking, here are the four worst drinks slowing your metabolism. Read on, and for more, don’t miss 4 Eating Habits That Slow Your Metabolism After 50, Say Dietitians.

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Whether soda, sweetened coffee or tea, juice, or your afternoon energy drink, beverages loaded with refined sugar could be causing your metabolism to slow. Not only can these types of drinks make weight loss more challenging, but they are also linked to several chronic conditions, like diabetes, fatty liver disease, obesity, heart attack, and stroke, according to Harvard Health.

While there is some mixed data on how sugary drinks impact metabolism, one study found when overweight and obese participants consumed 25% of their total calories from fructose-sweetened beverages, resting energy expenditure decreased significantly from baseline. It is important to note the fructose that naturally occurs in fruit is different than the fructose sweetener used in drinks, like high fructose corn syrup. While the fructose in fruit is not in question here, the processed fructose sweetener used in many beverages appears to be a factor leading to reduced metabolism.