Spices for Weight Loss
Spices add zest and flavor to food. In fact, they are part of what make food so delicious. While many foods taste good naturally, they can sometimes become boring if you have them day in and day out. It’s nice to know that in addition to flavor alone, there are plenty of spices for weight loss, too.
Spices and seasonings can be combined in a wide variety of ways to improve the flavor and change it, making healthy meals even more delicious; they can take even the most mundane meals, and put a whole new ‘spin’ on them.
Before we launch into the most powerful spices for weight loss though, let’s talk about one caveat. Spices will aid in your weight loss plans, and they will also improve your overall health. However, they will not alone make you healthy and fit. You also need to make sure that you are following a healthy diet and fitness plan. Just make sure that you’re not relying solely on spices for your weight loss goals.
With that said, let’s move on to the top spices for weight loss and overall health.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, ginseng is something of a miracle spice. It boosts energy levels within an hour of consumption, and it also increases the overall metabolism speed. It is best when consumed fresh or dried. In other words, don’t buy it in a pill.
When consumed regularly, it helps to decrease blood sugar levels. It also helps to control blood pressure and assists in the restoration of liver. Its restorative uses for the liver can help in healing your liver after regular consumption of sugar and alcohol.
Unless it has added sugar, mustard is one of the best zero calorie seasonings and spices you will ever consume. It boosts the immune system and increases metabolism. It has also been found to improve the sense of smell and focus. Not only that, but it has also been found to suppress the appetite as well.
The components of fresh mustard, in particular, lead to fuller feelings of satiety, particularly when combined with meat like beef.
Cayenne pepper is another excellent spice for weight loss. Its primary compound is capsaicin. It performs triple duty when consumed by shrinking fat tissues, lowering blood sugar levels, and suppressing the appetite.
The heat of the cayenne pepper makes you stop eating naturally when your tolerance for spicy food has been satisfied. It also triggers greater consumption of fluids, meaning that water is filling your stomach instead of food.
According to the International Journal of Obesity in “Thermogenic Ingredients and Body Weight Regulation,” regular consumption can lead to a metabolic increase of 5% and a fat burning increase of 16%.
Cinnamon provides spice and flavor as well as a hint of sweetness without being sugary. It can be used to flavor coffee and tea. However, it also has impressive health benefits. It boosts the metabolism significantly while also helping to control sugar cravings.
In addition to this, it has been found to lower triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels. Bear in mind though that the best cinnamon is very strong. You will want to use it gradually as it can easily overpower a dish.
Also, just because it is a sweeter flavoring as compared to mustard and cayenne, does not mean that you cannot use it to season meat. It is a popular seasoning for chicken in Ethiopia along with cardamom and ginger.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Top 10 Herbs and Spices to Help You Lose Weight,” Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/26/herbs-and-spices.aspx (2012).
Hursel R. Westerterp-Plantenga MS, “Thermogenic Ingredients and Body Weight Regulation,” International Journal of Obesity (2010).