Spice Up Your Life!

By: Health Local Staff May 04, 2011
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weight loss

Tired of being told what not to eat? Get ready because here's a list of 5 spices that can potentially help you lose weight.

When you’re trying to lose weight, whether to shave off a couple excess pounds or are dropping a few dozen, it is rare to hear the words, “Eat more,” in reference to anything!  You may want to sit down, because you’re about to hear them in reference to not one, but five things, and it will sound like music to your ears.

Eating more of these weight- trimming spices won’t replace an all around healthy diet and plenty of exercise, but increasing their presence in your diet will supplement your efforts.

And just what spices aid in weight loss? Drum roll, please:

  • Black pepper
  • Curry
  • Mustard seeds
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon

 

Black Pepper

In addition to its other health benefits – assisting digestion and nutrient absorption – freshly ground black pepper contains something called Piperine, which along with flavor, gives your metabolism a boost. Following your meal sprinkled with pepper, expect up to a 10% increase in boost to last for a few hours.  The more the better, so grab that pepper grinder and crank it!

 

Curry

In this case, the term “curry” refers to the collective spices garlic, turmeric and cumin.  Each of these on their own is regarded as a powerful ally in the struggle to burn fat and triumph over unhealthiness. These spices as a team compliment each other to become stronger than they could ever be on their own. Curry helps you lose weight in 2 ways. First by helping burn fat and second by helping your meals be more satisfying.  If you are already a curry lover, you know that foods cooked with it are more exciting and taste better.

 

Mustard Seeds

Mustard seed gives a powerful but short-lived boost to your body’s ability to burn fat.  One teaspoon of mustard seeds boosts your metabolism by 25 percent for a couple of hours, automatically burning about 1/10th of the calories from said meal.

 

Cayenne Pepper

While some of these miracle weight loss spices are contested, one of the few that every source agrees on is that cayenne pepper does actually work. If you haven’t already caught on, to lose weight with spices, you’ve got to like spicy food. Cayenne Pepper contains capsaicin, which boosts your body’s ability to oxidize fat. Capsaicin also plays a lovely little trick on your nervous system by stimulating it to produce heat. This enables your body to burn more calories, therefore helping you lose more weight.  If you can’t handle spicy food, all is not lost. You can always take a cayenne pepper capsule rather than putting it in your food.

 

Cinnamon

The other weight loss spice upon that experts have no problem agreeing on is cinnamon. Studies are promising and show that just a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day offers you three incredible benefits.

  • It boosts your body’s ability to break down complex carbohydrates – which are the kind you should be eating if you want to lose weight
  • It and reduces your blood glucose levels in type II diabetics
  • It also lowers your LDL (the bad cholesterol)

 

Don’t over do it on the cinnamon however, it can cause toxicity. So don’t start downing an entire bottle of yummy cinnamon hoping to lose ten pounds by tomorrow; moderation is the key here.

Cooking your own food in general is a good way to help you lose weight. It offers you complete control over what goes into your body.  Now that you’re aware of these spices, you can make them part of your everyday diet to complement your diet and exercise efforts.

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