The recipe to any good weight loss plan: eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep. There’s no way to get around this, and there’s no magic pill or formula that will allow you to cut corners. If you want to lose fat, you’re going to have to eat lots of good, clean food, exercise on the regular, and hit the hay, hardcore.
This said, you can maximise your fat loss efforts with some informed food choices. One of the most powerful? Adding a little spice to your diet! That’s right: spices for fat loss. It’s real. No, spices will not undo a crap diet, but they will give you an edge if you have a good one.
Read on. Here are the top 8 spices for fat loss.
For our first contestant, we have everyone’s sweetheart: cinnamon. Cinnamon isn’t just the perfect addition to your sweet treats; it gives a powerful punch to meats too –think jerk chicken. This savory auburn spice suppresses hunger, has an anti-diabetic effect for up to 29% reduction in fasting blood sugar levels, stabilizes blood sugars, is an antioxidant and carries anti-inflammatory benefits; all of which help make this a savory weight loss ally.
Say hello to our friend, black pepper, “the King of Spices.” A dash of black pepper has been shown to burn body fat and stop fat from forming. Piperine is what makes this black gold so unique. Add some pepper to your meals for better digestion of fat and carbs and for increased absorption of turmeric and beta-carotene. More bioavailability for greater health benefits!
From the king of spices to this yellow superspice! Turmeric and it’s little buddy curcumin is what makes this a powerful medicinal superspice. It’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich and in one study it helped overweight individuals lose up to 5% weight and took pounds off their middle when taken twice daily. Unfortunately, turmeric doesn’t absorb readily so take it with black pepper and fatty (it’s fat soluble) to increase its potency.
Woah, did someone just crank up the heat? You want to boost your metabolism into hyperdrive, add a teaspoon of cayenne - just keep some water close by. Capsaicin the active ingredient, when consumed with every meal suppresses appetite, burns up to 16% more calories (spicy food causes your body temp to rise which triggers your body to cool the fire by burning calories) and cranks up your metabolism (up to 5% faster) to convert food into energy instead of storing it as fat.
Everybody needs some ginger in their life, if you’re in need - here’s your new weight loss pal. In recent studies ginger has been attributed to a 12% decrease in fasting blood sugar levels (in diabetics) and in another study supplementing ginger sped up participants metabolisms thanks to it’s thermogenic properties (like cayenne) which equates to more calories burned and stomach flab.
Get excited over this nutty dynamo because cumin is about to receive high praise for its mad weight loss skills. Thanks to a recent study conducted on overweight women, just one teaspoon of cumin a day will help you burn 3x more fat! Cumin also speeds up digestion, and it may also play a part in controlling blood sugar levels.
Pass on the ketchup, and go for the all natural mustard - the one with all the seeds! Mustard seeds pack a one-two-punch, just ⅗ teaspoon per day and you’ll burn an extra 45 calories and boost your metabolism by 25%. Not to mention all the other amazing health perks like improving digestion!
Another thermogenic spice that’ll crank up your body temp to help you shed those unwanted pounds. Cardamom is beginning to receive attention in weight loss studies, so far what we know is that rats fed a high-fat diet, lose belly fat. Cardamom is also useful for digestive concerns like ulcers, and with its anti-inflammatory properties and as a metabolism booster, this spice is right to help you reach your fat loss goals!
Spice Up Your Weight Loss with these Power Spices!
Add a pinch of black pepper and a dash of turmeric to your omelet or mustard seed to your dry rub and reap the double bonus of big flavor and quantifiable weight loss results. Don’t let your spices waste away, make them join forces with you on your weight loss journey and say goodbye to that muffin top and hello, to the new you! In fact, we encourage you to raise a toast to the spices in your life and to their ongoing efforts to prevent you from eating bland diet meals!
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