You’ll improve the flavor of your next meal and your potential to lose weight when you add the right spices to your next meal. Many spices can improve weight loss. They may work in different ways, but each has something to offer. When you use spices wisely, you’ll not only improve the flavor of your meal, but you’ll also watch your weight diminish and boost health benefits. Before modern medicine, many spices were part of the physician’s tools to help cure diseases. Some modern medicines are based on the chemicals found in spices.
Boost your metabolism with cayenne pepper.
Spicy-hot peppers contain capsaicin is a known appetite suppressant. It’s also known for increasing metabolism. It increases thermogenesis, the calories burned to change food into calories. Capsaicin also aids in reducing fat accumulation and suppressing appetite. It boosts the body’s ability to burn more calories. Even though the increased calorie burning is short-lived and small, it’s one extra way to help you on your way to weight control.
Cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels.
Controlling blood sugar levels is vital for reducing cravings that can lead to overeating. High insulin levels can lead to insulin resistance, making weight loss even more difficult. The cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon is responsible for increasing metabolism and reducing inflammation, another cause of weight gain. Adding cinnamon to your daily diet may help improve insulin sensitivity. Be aware there are two types of cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, and Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is what you normally find in the grocery, while Ceylon cinnamon is more difficult to find. Both are high in antioxidants, but cassia cinnamon contains higher amounts of coumarin that can cause liver damage if consumed in high doses.
Turmeric became a popular herb for seniors worrying about Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric contains a phytochemical called curcumin. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory. It’s been considered an aid to prevent Alzheimer’s due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Curcumin also may help prevent beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. What does that have to do with weight loss? It’s those very anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent obesity. Reducing inflammation can help increase insulin sensitivity which plays a role in obesity.
- Make some ginger tea to help battle weight gain. This spicy tea aids in appetite reduction and makes you feel full. The gingerol in ginger is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Studies show ginger had positive effects on weight loss.
- You’ll keep vampires away and improve your potential for weight loss when you add garlic to your diet. The allicin in garlic reduces fat cells and suppresses the appetite. It also reduces insulin resistance and inflammation.
- One recent study found that adding one teaspoon to your meals each day increases the body fat burned up to three times. You can use cumin to spice almost any food.
- A popular spice most people have is black pepper. It has fat-burning properties and blocks the formation of fat cells. It also increases the benefits of turmeric when combined with it.
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