Is your idea of an ultimate weight loss meal consists of just plain fish or chicken? Added with brown rice and salad?
If yes, then you are missing out on the perfect weight loss ingredients that help burn body fat, these are spices and herbs. Spices and herbs are the best way to add flavor to any food at no extra calories, sodium and even sugar.
According to research, if you do not like the taste of what you eat, you are much less likely to stick to any diet, no matter how much disciplined you are.
Spices and herbs can add a flavor to food and can turn, a piece of plain chicken into a restaurant-worthy meal. That is thanks to just a little amount of paprika, rosemary, ground pepper and sea salt. It can also help boost your metabolism and help your body burn fat quickly.
Below are Spices and herbs proven to help you loss weight:
1. Black Pepper
Black pepper contains plenty of fat-burning properties. This spice has been been shown to help block the formation of new fat cells, which helps prevent weight gain.
You can try adding black pepper to everything you eat. Even in traditionally sweetened foods such as oatmeal, yogurt and cottage cheese.
Cayenne raises your body temperature, helping in boosting your metabolism. Adding this spice into your food can help burn up to 100 calories per meal. You can sprinkle ground cayenne on soups, roasted nuts, scrambled eggs, or homemade dressings or dips for that extra kick.
Cardamom is one of those thermogenic spices, which means it helps boost body temperature and metabolism. This is commonly found in Indian cuisine, and is fantastic mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves for a homemade curry blend or chai tea. You can also try adding some of this citrus spice to baked goods, coffee, or meats like lamb.
Cinnamon is known to be a classic holiday spice and has been known to balance blood sugar, thus helping to curb cravings, keeping you feeling full for much longer.
You can add cinnamon into your diet by sprinkling some cinnamon in oatmeal, mixing the spice in cottage cheese, plain yogurt and into your favorite tea. It is also a great addition to your marinades.
Cumin is the spice that by adding just 1 teaspoon to your meals daily, can help burn up to 3 times more body fat. Since cumin is so universal, you can try adding it to almost any food for added flavor. You can add it in stews, soups, dressings, marinades, flatbreads and and dips to stir-fries.
Dandelions are becoming more popular among home cooks and chefs, as a nutritious way to add flavor to drinks and meals. This plant has some weight loss benefits, too and helps to minimize bloating, while increasing intake of vitamins such as A, C, and E, along with minerals such as potassium and iron.
Ginger helps control blood sugar, which means in can help prevent a spike in glucose levels after a carb or sugar-rich meal. This spice also has the same fat-burning properties like cayenne and turmeric.
You can add grated fresh ginger into baked fish, stir-fries, fish, fruit salad and even tea.
8. Mustard Seed
Mustard seed can help increase your metabolic rate by up to 25%. You can burn additional 45 calories an hour, just by eating 3/5 of a teaspoon of mustard seeds daily. It is also very low in calories, has zero fat content and carbs.
Turmeric has a wide-range of benefits, like better heart health, improved cognitive function, lower risk of cancer and diabetes. All these health wonders are due to its active compound known as curcumin.
This compound helps in fat loss. It helps combat unwanted fat by helping fat cells to self-destruct through the process of apoptosis or cell death. Curcumin attach itself to fat cells and encourages them to contract ans shrink by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form fat tissue. Lastly, it has the ability to help reduce insulin resistance and reduce blood sugar levels, which are know contributors to weight gain.