Ten Super Spices that make weight loss easier
Super Spices make food not only tastier but can also help with weight loss as well. In Indian and Asian cuisine spices are used to make the food delicious and aid digestion. In the kitchen of these countries, a variety of spices is always available and there are even used ready mixed for different curries.
It is really like art to composing the right spices for these mixes like Masala for example. The research found that these spices can increase metabolism, but not only this, there are other benefits as well which help to lose weight and stay healthy.
Read below what these super spices can do for you.
Ten Super Spices That Help To Lose Weight
- Combine pepper with ginger to boost calorie-burning properties
- Turmeric prevents the growth of new fat cells after weight loss
Experts say that the spices used in Indian and Asian food can help speed up the metabolic rate, suppress appetite, and even stop fat cells from reappearing after weight loss.
They claim a single teaspoon of cumin, eaten every day, can shift three pounds of weight, and indulge in a spicy meal made with pepper and chilies has been found to burn the same amount of calories as taking a 20-minute walk.
Incorporate spices into your diet to help shave off the pounds
The ten spices can help aid weight loss.
A staple in Korean and Chinese cuisine, ginseng roots can be purchased at specialty supermarkets such as Asian grocers. It can be found in capsule form in health food shops.
‘Ginseng provides energy when required, and helps combat stress and fatigue when you are under pressure.’
Ginseng root boosts energy levels and speeds up metabolism. As well as aiding with weight loss, cinnamon also helps reduce blood glucose levels
2. Cayenne pepper
Capsaicin, a substance found in peppers and is what gives peppers their heat.
It’s also what helps fight weight gain and obesity as it decreases calorie intake and lowers blood fat levels.
Dr. Glenville clarified: ‘The capsaicin’s heat may help with a process called thermogenesis where your body can convert fat into heat.’
This means you are burning more fat which adds to weight loss.
‘Including these thermogenic ingredients in your diet may boost your metabolism by up to five percent, and increase fat burning by up to 16 percent,’ she said.
Try: Add half a teaspoon of paprika to your mayonnaise.
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Common in curries and often appearing in apple pies, this super spice is yet another secret metabolic rate booster.
‘Studies also show that cinnamon helps to reduce blood glucose levels and improve insulin resistance in those with Type 2 diabetes,’ she explained.
Incorporate cinnamon into your diet by sprinkling a teaspoon on your porridge or into herbal tea each day.
Try: Sprinkle a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon in pastry fillings.
4. Black pepper
Those little pods we carelessly grind to season our meals have a substance called piperine.
Piperine has similar effects to capsaicin in chilies and is what gives black pepper its heat.
Seasoning with smarts: If you combine black pepper (right) and ginger (right) you will burn the same amount of calories as if you had walked for 20 minutes
It’s the heat that helps prevent the formation of new fat cells, especially if you decide to indulge in a mouth-searing meal featuring pepper and chili.
‘When black pepper is combined with other spices such as capsaicin, it has been found to burn the same amount of calories as taking a 20-minute walk,’ she explained.
Try: Season your food with pepper instead of salt.
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Eat dandelions for their fiber content and health-boosting benefits including liver purification
While you can pick your own dandelions to make salads, it’s best to head to a farmers market or specialist website if you’re planning on including its yellow blooms in your diet.
For many people, dandelions are an irritating garden weed but traditionally, the roots and leaves of the plant have been used as medicines for bloating and digestive disorders.
‘Dandelions contain fiber so can help you feel full longer and so help control your appetite,’ Dr. Glenville explained.
And the much-maligned weed isn’t just good for weight loss as it has a host of other beneficial properties.
‘The leaves of the plant are very rich in vitamins, including A, C, D, and B-complex. They also have high levels of minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon,’ she said.
As it is so nutrient-rich dandelion leaves can be a good herb for women who are approaching menopause or whose diet is poor.
Turmeric contains curcumin which stops the regrowth of fat after weight loss. Have cardamom (right) after your meal to aid with digestion
But steer clear of the root; it will make you want to eat.
‘The root can be an appetite stimulant,’ she said.
Try: Add dandelion leaves to a salad or drink dandelion tea once a day.
Super capsaicin comes to the fore once again with its metabolic boosting and fat-burning qualities.
She explained: ‘Mustard is part of the cruciferous family of vegetables which are thought to have many health benefits. Other cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
‘If you are buying ready-made mustard make sure that it does not contain sugar as this is going to be counter-productive for your weight.’
Try: Skip sugar-laden ketchup and make mustard the condiment of choice. A spoonful a day is all you need.
The yellow spice which is made from a root, turmeric is what gives the curry a deep yellow hue.
Its active ingredient is curcumin and although the research has not shown that curcumin can actually help with weight loss, it is thought to stop the regrowth of fat after someone has lost weight,’ she said.
‘This could be helpful as many people end up putting back the weight they have lost after a diet.’
Try: Mix half a teaspoon into the water for a cleansing drink or add to stir-fries.
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Ginger may also have the same thermogenic effects as capsaicin because it has warming effects in the body, which all adds up to the more fat-burning activity.
She advised: ‘Try simmering a few slices of ginger root in boiling water to make a ginger root tea which will aid digestion. Ginger in food has the same effect.’
Try: Add a few slices when steaming vegetables or fish.
Adding just one teaspoon of cumin (left) a day to your food can result in a weight loss of three pounds. Capsaicin in cayenne pepper and chilies (right) may help with a process called thermogenesis
Another curry staple, according to Dr. Glenville, dieters who incorporate cumin seeds into their healthy eating plans lose more weight than those who don’t.
She said: ‘Research has shown that adding just one teaspoon a day of cumin to yogurt for three months will help you lose three more pounds than those who don’t.
‘And those taking the cumin each day lost three times as much body fat (nearly 15 percent) as the group just taking the yogurt along without the cumin added,’ she continued.
Try: Add a teaspoon a day into your yogurt or cook into Bolognese sauce.
The little green highly-scented pods have been known for their digestive qualities but cardamom can also help burn fat.
‘Cardamom is thought to help increase fat burning by improving metabolism,’ she said.
It is also thought to be good for digestion by reducing flatulence and general digestive discomfort.’
Try: Cook three or four pods in curries or add to rice pudding.
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