Even if you feel you’re leading a fit lifestyle with sufficient exercise and healthy eating, you may have some habits that could be slowing down your metabolism and your weight-loss efforts. Everyday habits, even those that are unrelated to weight loss, can affect you negatively.
We are offering this article to help you figure out just how you can mitigate those habits and live a healthier life, and just how cumin seeds can help you get started on a roll today. We shall first talk about how you can boost your metabolism with ease.
Sprinkling on some hot sauce or adding freshly chopped chilies while cooking your meals is a surefire way to eat less. This could be up to 30 percent less than when you eat a milder meal, according to one study. Peppers contain the compound capsaicin that helps in regulating your appetite-inducing hormones, thus significantly speeding up your metabolism rate.
Not surprisingly, sitting at a desk or in front of the screen several hours a day is harmful to your health. Scientists caution that sitting for long hours, also called the ‘Sitting Disease’, may have a similar impact on one’s health as smoking.
Studies show that even those who meet exercise guidelines can have a 74% higher risk of metabolic syndrome if they sit for more than 3 hours a day. This metabolic slowdown happens because your muscles aren’t working hard at all while you sit. You’re burning less fat and you’re lowering your insulin sensitivity.
While fat is a stubborn piece of mass that refuses to budge or do much for your weight loss, your muscles are always at work, helping you burn calories throughout the day- even when you’re asleep. Not weight training enough leads to low muscle mass and poor metabolism. To rev up the burning rate of your calories, try to go for at least two sessions of weight training a week.
If you want to build muscle, you have to consume enough proteins as well. It takes more calories to digest protein than it does to digest carbohydrates or fats. Since proteins digest slowly, they keep you feeling ‘full’ for longer and also prevent you from overeating. Some great sources of protein are lean cuts, poultry, low-fat dairy, nuts and seeds, legumes, and whey protein.
You need water for a myriad of functions in your body, including your metabolism. Dehydration slows down the body’s processes and makes you feel tired and dizzy. To combat fatigue and elevate your metabolism, focus on drinking at least 8 to 9 glasses of water every day. Keep a bottle with you at all times, including one in your car to make sure you’re hydrated all day long.
Now here’s a shocker- some people do not prefer drinking plain water. There are three smart ways in which they can proceed, as follows:
1. If you dislike drinking plain water, try adding slices of fresh berries, ginger, or oranges or throwing in some mint leaves to infuse the water with a better flavor.
2. You can also focus on having 2-4 cups of green tea a day as this can supplement your water intake. Studies show that regular consumption of green tea may increase your calorie burn to up to 20 percent per day.
3. You can consider Cumin water as the end-all solution to all your metabolism woes. We are discussing it next!
Cumin seeds (Hindi: Jeera) is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum. It is a member of the Apiaceae family that’s commonly known as the celery, carrot or parsley family, a family of mostly aromatic plants with hollow stems. Cumin seeds are used for their distinctive flavor and aroma.
It is globally popular and an essential flavoring in many cuisines in South Asian, Northern African, and Latin American regions. These seeds are very famous for their medicinal properties, spicy flavor, and a slightly bitter taste. It has lots of pharmacological effects on human body health because of its anti-tumor, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, immunologic, and antimicrobial properties.
Let's explore some of the major benefits of including cumin seeds in your daily dietary requirements:
Daily consumption of cumin water helps to aid the strategy of weight loss. It helps to do so by stimulating the appetite and also removing the toxins from the body. It treats various digestive disorders like bloating and gas that pose a hindrance to weight loss.
Want to boost your metabolism levels? Cumin is said to increase the heat in the body thus making metabolism rate higher and more efficient.
The presence of thymol and other essential oils in cumin seeds stimulate the salivary glands thereby helping in the better digestion of food. Apart from this, it strengthens a sluggish digestive system. Hence, if you suffer from indigestion/constipation problems try to include timely intake of cumin water to improvise it.
Detoxification of the body is also very important for a healthy living. Cumin seeds are full of dietary fibers, which remove the toxic materials in the body and also cleanse the skin to make it clean, fresh, and rejuvenate.
Regular intake of cumin water helps in treating the sleep disorder and enhances the sound sleep. You should consider drinking a glass of cumin water before going to bed to ensure a fulfilling good night’s sleep.
Cumin seeds have a high level of potassium. This mineral helps in maintaining the electrolyte balance in the body, regulating cell production and maintaining blood pressure, and boosting heart rate. Cumin’s regulatory properties also make it a must-have for patients who have heart diseases.
Cumin is rich in flavonoid phenolic antioxidants like zeaxanthin, carotenes, and lutein which have anti-inflammatory properties. These seeds also help with breathing difficulties, bowel movements, joint infections, umbilical hernia, intestinal diseases, eye problems, and toothache.
To ensure that you don't miss your daily intake of this super seed, have a glass of cumin water in the morning. It is very simple to make it, just follow the simple steps: -
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Water 250 ml
In a glass, soak the cumin seeds overnight.
In the morning, strain it into your cup and drink it.
Take a pan and add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds to it.
Heat it a little on low flame for about 5 seconds.
Now pour water into it and let it boil.
After boiling, let it be covered and kept aside for about 4-5 mins.
Strain it into your cup and enjoy it warm.
You can add honey or a pinch of salt into it as per your requirements!
Tip: Don't forget to take this in the morning to boost your metabolism and eventually lose weight faster!
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