Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Add Spices and Lose Weight

You probably knew spices add a lot to food, but more than likely you didn’t realize that they can help you lose weight! There are a few different ways they do this. For example, some spices will speed up your metabolism, others are spicy which causes you to eat less while there are others that affect your body in a way encourages weight loss. Below are some common spices believed to help weight loss:

Cayenne Pepper – While cayenne pepper is known for spicing up the temperature of various foods, a little known fact is that it actually increases the speed of the body’s metabolism. In fact, it can speed it up by 25 percent! Finally, due to the heat that comes with cayenne pepper, most people drink more water with it, which helps you feel full and eat less.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon acts as a regulator for your body. It maintains your body’s metabolism towards carbohydrates, while lowering blood sugar and possibly cholesterol. A perfect spice for those looking to shed a few pounds and improve their overall health!

Turmeric – While you may not like the tint of yellow this spice gives foods, you will like the fact that it helps aid in the prevention of fat absorption. Previous studies on mice have shown that one of the curcumin, a component in turmeric, inhibited growth in fat tissue. It is also often believed that when turmeric is combined with cumin and ginger, turmeric’s weight-loss effects are actually enhanced.

Black Pepper – Black pepper has a chemical in it called piperine, which has been proven to stimulate the nervous system. When you stimulate your nervous system, you may actually be speeding up your metabolism a little. Therefore, don’t be shy with the pepper! However, there is a slight catch – to get the greatest benefit out of piperine, use freshly ground pepper.

Mustard – Mustard is one of the best weight-loss spices for the simple fact that it has a lot of flavor with little to no calories! In addition to being extremely low in calories, mustard helps regulate blood with the selenium found within it. It also has been said to increase metabolism, as well!

Ginger – Ginger helps you lose weight because it boosts digestion and possibly speeds up metabolism. When your body is digesting foods well, then you’re most definitely have a better weight-loss result. Adding ginger to your daily diet is pretty easy as you can add it to soups, teas, stir-fry meals and much more!

The great thing that all of the above spices have in common is that they are packed full of flavor, making them easy to include in your daily diet. Plus, some of the spices will help reduce the amount of food you eat because they will increase the temperature of your food!

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