Spices are not only a great way to add flavour to your food, but also to help you lose weight. Most spices have been used for thousand of years for their medicinal properties and health benefits. Some even have properties that prevent fat gain and/or stimulate the body to burn more fat.
Here are 3 fat burning spices that can boost your weight loss…
Insulin resistance or reduced insulin sensitivity leads to metabolic syndrome such as excess belly fat, high blood sugar, hypertension and high cholesterol. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.
Components in cinnamon have been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar. This prevents or reduces belly fat and weight gain, and the associated risks factors due to metabolic syndrome.
There are many ways to include cinnamon to your daily meals. Add it to your pancake, yogurt, oatmeal, hot drink or pumpkin pie. Sprinkle it on baked pumpkin, fruit slices or toast.
Ginger has been traditionally used to relieve nausea, bloating, gas, digestive problems and athritis.
But do you know that this fat burning spice that can help you lose weight? The 2 compounds in ginger, 6-gingerol and 6-shogaol, can reduce production of fat cells in 2 ways:
- by triggering specialised cells, known as PPARy, to make peripheral cells more sensitive to insulin, so glucose is broken down and stored in the muscle (rather than as fat).
- by increasing the levels of adiponectin, a type of hormone secreted by fat cells that regulates glucose and lipid (fat) metabolism
The anti-inflammatory effect of ginger can prevent metabolic and obesity-related diseases.
Here’s how I use ginger in my meals/drinks:
- ginger slices in soup, vegetable and meat stir fry
- ginger powder in crustless pumpkin pie, salad dressing, green smoothie, juice or tea
Capsaicin is the substance that gives cayenne/red/chilli pepper the hot and spicy tast. It has been shown to have anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties.
This fat burning spice promotes weight loss by:
- increasing thermogenesis (energy expenditure)
- increasing fat oxidation
- suppressing appetite
For people who are not able to tolerate the hot and burning sensation of capsaicin, you can still lose excess belly fat by taking capsaicin in a capsule form. Make sure you choose a high quality capsaicin supplement, such as Prograde Metabolism. Why? The capsaicin in Prograde Metabolism is specially encapsulated so that it is only released when it has reached the small intestine. As a result, there is no heat, pain or discomfort (as capsaicin is not released in the stomach). It also contains ginger and other metabolism boosting ingredients such as raspberry ketone and bitter orange.
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