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Weight Loss: Spice up your life and trick yourself into believing that it’s possible!

Psychology and our love to eat some of the choicest delicacies can play a crucial role in satiating our hunger way early than you would have imagined, recent research has concluded. We are offering this article in two halves so you could go your way in and have the best weight-loss experience ever. Let’s start with spices, the organic substances that zing up our foods and lives together!

a.) Spices

Did you know that certain spices could help you lose weight? If you’re trying to shed off those extra pounds, you might want to ditch the salads and start indulging in curries. Studies have shown that Indian and Asian spices can help suppress appetite, speed up the metabolic rate, and even stop fat-forming 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 the 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 helpful in the weight loss process as it shoots up the metabolism levels. Not only this, but 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 an immense number of health benefits and in the 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 the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics on animals showed that the use of cinnamon reduced the accumulation of belly fat. Not only this, but various studies explained in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also highlighted that using cinnamon while cooking a starchy meal may help stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes.

Cinnamon 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 was recently conducted to evaluate the role of mustard seeds in weight loss. It highlighted that the use of these seeds helped in increasing the metabolic rate of participants by 25%. Though mustard is high in fat and is usually bad for weight loss, yet 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.

7. Pepper

It is one of the most common spices which is used for cooking. The main component that is responsible for the flavors of this spice is piperine, which 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. It also 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- and since cumin has a high iron content, it boosts 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 a 25% increase in their metabolism levels. Capsaicin, a substance found in peppers, gives them their characteristic flavor and 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. Next up we are discussing the curious case of using psychology to your advantage.

b.) Psychology

It’s time you sit by the side of some reverse psychology to get going with your next weight-loss plan today. This would need no tricks to kick start or rev-up your weight loss plan. There would be no fad diets, no insane workouts- just some very clever ways to trick your brain. Read on for some exciting tips to train your mind to sculpt your body in better shape.

1. Eat in smaller dinnerware:

Ever noticed the size of plates at a buffet is often smaller than a la carte? It’s a way for restaurants to cut costs and reduce food wastage. Our brains perceive the same amount of food served in a smaller plate or bowl as substantial. Large plates make the same serving of food look smaller.

It’s an optical illusion that’s very effective in tricking our brain into believing we’ve eaten more than we have. You can put this trick to use at home. Eat healthy foods like salads in larger plates. Eat desserts in smaller bowls. Use tall thin glasses for high-calorie drinks.

2. Be a leftie at the movies:

Are you one of those people that can’t enjoy a movie without digging into a bag of popcorn? You’re not hungry, the popcorn is stale but you eat it anyway out of habit. Try eating with your non-dominant hand. You’ll find it slows you down considerably and the amount of buttery salty popcorn you eat is substantially less.

Note: Eat with your right hand if you are a left-hander.

3. Switch off the idiot box:

Are your mealtimes centered around the television? This is a distraction that can easily lead to overeating. Your brain is so wired with the images and sounds from the TV that it does not perceive a sense of satiety and you end up chomping down on food without stopping when you’re full. Instead, make mealtimes all about the food and relish what you’re eating without distractions.

4. Go grocery shopping when you’re stuffed:

You’re more likely to buy unhealthy, sugar-loaded, calorie-dense food when you’re hungry. Do your grocery shopping after a heavy meal. It’s easier to exercise your willpower and buy only healthy food when you’re feeling full. This will mean there are no unhealthy snacks to reach out for at home. You can’t eat what’s not there.

5. Mirror, mirror on the (kitchen) wall:

Something as simple as a mirror on your refrigerator or in your kitchen can influence your eating habits. Seeing your reflection just as you’re about to reach for the cream cheese can be the signal your brain needs to stop and make a healthier choice.

We believe these smart tips would put you on a path to a better life. The key that we have employed here is the relative ease that you can call upon to get it all going in your favor without worrying too much about heavy workouts and lifting dead weights.

However, please note that the steps mentioned above will guarantee foolproof results and that you would need to use your common sense and a lot of hard work to get that perfect shape.

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