Spice Up To Lose Weight!

Did you know that certain spices could actually help you lose weight? If you’re trying to shed off those extra pounds you might want to ditch the salads and start indulging into curries. Studies have shown that the spices used in Indian and Asian food can help suppress appetite, speed up the metabolic rate, and even stop fat cells from reappearing. Here’s the list of magical spices that you should add to your pantry to fasten up your weight loss process:-

1. Ginger

Ginger helps to boost up the metabolism levels and lowers the appetite. It also helps in better digestion which is a key to faster weight loss. Along with this, it has the same thermogenic effects as capsaicin because it has warming effects in the body, which all adds up to more fat-burning activity.

2. Turmeric

The yellow spice which is made from a root, turmeric is what gives the curry a deep yellow hue. Turmeric proves to be really helpful in weight loss process as it shoots up the metabolism levels. Not only this, it also helps in preventing the weight gain after the initial loss as it prevents the re-growth of fat cells.

3. Garlic

Garlic has immense number of health benefits and in context of weight loss it proves useful as it is a powerful detoxifier, boosts your metabolism, eliminates fat from the cells and regulates the ups and downs in your blood sugar levels!

4. Cinnamon

A study conducted by Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics on animals showed that the use of cinnamon reduced the accumulation of belly fat. Not only this, various studies explicated in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlighted that using cinnamon while cooking starchy meal may help stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes.Cinnamon basically consists of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols that are proven to alter body composition and improve insulin sensitivity.

5. Cardamom

They are rich in digestive qualities and also help in burning fat. The green scented pods are considered helpful in digestion as they reduce flatulence and general digestive discomfort.

6. Mustard/ Mustard seeds

A British study that was conducted to evaluate the role of mustard seeds in weight loss highlighted that the use of these seeds helped in increasing the metabolic rate of participants by 25%. Though mustard is high in fat which is usually bad for weight loss; the good side is that it induces the feeling of fullness and curbs appetite for hours. Mustard is also high in dietary fiber which helps in digestion and helps you feel fuller for longer periods of time.

7. Pepper

It is one of the most common spice which is used for cooking. The main component that is responsible for the flavors of this spice is piperine, which apparently stimulates the central nervous system. This composite working of pepper is one which is responsible for its metabolism-boosting properties!

8. Cumin

Another curry staple, CUMIN is also likely to boost up the weight loss process. Research has highlighted that the people who use cumin in their diets lost 3 times the body fat in comparison to those who didn’t. Along with this, a study has highlighted that it increases metabolism, especially when used in curry spice blends. Lack of iron is also a common reason for the lower level of energy and fatigue, as cumin has high iron content it helps you in exercising more and thus boost up the weight loss process!

9. Chili pepper (Cayenne)

A study conducted in England explicated that people who consumed a tsp of red or cayenne pepper with each meal had 25% increase in their metabolism levels. Capsaicin, is a substance found in peppers which not only gives them their flavor, but also helps in fighting weight gain and obesity as it decreases calorie intake and lowers blood fat levels. The spicy nature of cayenne is sometimes attributed to its ability to help people lose weight as people tend to eat less (fewer calories) and drink more!

So, use these amazing spices to not only make your favorite foods and dishes tasty but also fasten up the weight loss process!

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