Spices to Aid Your Weight Loss Goals

The myth that starving yourself to death is the most efficient way to lose weight has been debunked a long time ago. We now know that as long as you eat healthy and rationally, you can reach your goals in a much more pleasant and convenient way. What’s still largely unknown is just how important spices can be in this process. Yes, something that seems so insignificant can be a very strong and natural catalyst to your weight loss efforts (and in a very tasty manner too); it seems very appropriate to take a quick look at some of them.

Black Pepper

Let’s start with the more obvious spices, and what’s more obvious to see on a table than a good old pepper shaker. If you are wondering how sneezing is good for burning fat, you are on the right track. Piperine is a constituent in pepper that makes you sneeze. Even if sneezing adds absolutely nothing to the weight loss process, piperine prevents the creation of new fat cells and burns more calories. So, be free to indulge in your gastronomic urges and abuse pepper as much as you want.

Turmeric

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“God, I love the sweet taste of India”, Steven Tyler’s celebrated affection is probably the product of turmeric being the main ingredient in numerous dishes in India, including the all important curry. Aside from being delicious and exotic, turmeric also has a number of amazing health benefits. Namely, it has been suggested by renowned physicians that turmeric can alleviate stress, lower cholesterol, and make you less likely to store fat by counteracting the resistance of insulin in your body.

Dandelions

Looking at dandelions only as a pestilent weed is nothing more than one perfectly good opportunity to lose fat wasted. Dandelions are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. This ideal supplement also contains diuretic properties that provide quick weight loss. Just be sure not to eat them raw off the ground; dried leaves and powders are a much better way to go, and fresh leaves can be added to salads.

Ginger

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Various studies have shown that ginger may boost your metabolism, thus helping the fat-burning process. Ginger can also be used as a natural medicine that cures many aliments. There are several other benefits of adding ginger into your diet. Ginger stimulates digestive enzymes, and helps your body to avoid bad nutrients and absorb the good ones faster. Gingerols, the oils we can find in it, have antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. Oh yeah, it also cuts your cravings and reduces overall appetite.

Mustard

Although it’s usually associated with junk food, mustard is anything but that. On the contrary, this spice seems to have a thermogenic effect on your body. In other words, it helps you to burn more calories as you digest food, and contains only 5 calories per serving on its own. Hot mustard, naturally, causes a stronger thermogenic effect; feel free to season other foods than hot dogs with this tasty addition. If raw mustard is too strong for you, you can enjoy it mixed into sauces or even with other spices like garlic and turmeric.

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon has been present in the culinary world since forever, but its wide array of amazing health benefits is still largely unknown to the general population. That’s really unfortunate considering that cinnamon is filled with calcium, fiber, iron and manganese, which can cure infection, prevent stomach ulcers, and lower blood sugar levels. What’s most important to people trying to lose weight is that it also metabolizes glucose in order to help food digestion and prevent fat storage.

These are our top six choices of healthy, fat burning spices that will help you to lose fat without renouncing food ever again. All you have to do now is to find your old cookbook, and use this new knowledge to make your own wonders.

About Norah Martin

Norah has been struggling with her weight for some time, and has been researching efficient ways to stay healthy and fit for years. She is now on a mission to share some of the things she's learned. She is also one of the editors behind High Style Life, an up-and-coming lifestyle magazine.
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