Everyone knows that to lose weight you’ve got to change your eating habits. Reducing the amount of junk food and sugar you eat, eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising daily, drinking more water . . . these are all important parts of a healthy lifestyle that promotes weight loss.
But you may not know that there are several spices that you can add to your food that will help boost your metabolism and promote fat burning.
Below are 3 of the most common spices that promote weight loss:
Ginger elevates your body temperature and boosts your metabolism so you burn more fat, especially when it’s used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise plan. Beyond its weight loss properties, ginger is also known to be helpful in reducing motion sickness and general nausea, heartburn, and inflammation.
Ginger comes in root form, powdered form, and even tea. It’s got a crisp, spicy flavor that goes well with many meat dishes, stir-fry, and even desserts.
Cinnamon also promotes fat burning by thermogenesis (raising body temperature), but it also has an added benefit of helping to regulate blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar is known to cause excess insulin in the bloodstream, which promotes the storage of fat in the body. Sprinkling cinnamon on yogurt, cereal, tea, toast and even green vegetables can have a beneficial effect on your metabolism and other bodily processes, which can help you burn more fat.
– Cayenne Pepper
Hot peppers like cayenne, jalapeno, and habanero really elevate your body temperature, so they are even more effective than milder spices at promoting weight loss. A word of warning about hot peppers, however – they can be painful if you overdo it! Not only can they burn your mouth and esophagus, they can exacerbate acid reflux. As long as you don’t have a problem with spicy food, you’ll enjoy including a few of these in your daily diet.
Other good spices that promote thermogenesis are turmeric, garlic, onion, mustard, and black pepper. Add a little spice to all of your meals and you’ll boost your metabolism and lose weight more easily – not to mention actually enjoying the flavor of your meals more than you ever did before!
If you don’t enjoy spicy foods, remember that you don’t need to add a LOT of spice in order to enjoy the same fat burning benefits. A little goes a long way.
The HealthStatus editorial team has continued that commitment to excellence by providing our visitors with easy to understand high quality health content for many years.
Our team of health professionals, and researchers use peer reviewed studies as source elements in our articles.
Our high quality content has been featured in a number of leading websites, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Live Strong, GQ, and many more.