Spices That Can Help You Lose Weight
Spices and other natural seasonings can add more flavor to your food, but they also have several health benefits and they can even help you lose weight. You can find these eight spices at almost any grocery store, and the HCG diet utilizes several of them because of their ability to help you burn fat. Spices are a great way to flavor your food and the calories they add to your meal are negligible.
Adding more spices to your food is an easy way to add more flavor without the calories, and the HCG diet encourages the use of spices with its recipes because they make an excellent substitute for sugar and fat in the diet. Studies also show that the more spices that you use in your diet, the less likely that you are to overeat. Spices help you indulge your senses without having to use ingredients that can be harmful to your health or cause weight gain, and adding more of them in your diet can have a very positive impact on your overall health.
We previously discussed the weight loss benefits of these spices: garlic, cayenne, mustard, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, curcumin, lemon zest, ginger and cinnamon, but there are several other seasonings that can help you lose weight. Consider adding these seasonings into your diet for their fat burning ability and many other health benefits as described below:
Fat burning spice #1 - Ginseng
Ginseng is well known for its ability to help the body burn fat, and it increases metabolism in a similar way as caffeine without some of the side effects like nervousness and jitters. Ginseng should not always be used by everyone, and you should discuss using this herb as a supplement with your medical doctor prior to taking it, as it can have some very mild side effects and it may also interact with certain medications such as warfarin, depression medications and some medications for diabetes among others.
Fat burning spice #2 - Cardamom
Cardamom is used in Ayuverdic medicine for a variety of purposes, and it has very a potent thermogenic and metabolism boosting effect. It acts as a digestive aid and it helps the body detoxify itself. Along with the metabolism boosting effect of this spice, it provides a large amount of dietary fiber and helps with lowering cholesterol and it has several cancer fighting compounds. This spice is commonly used in chai tea but it can be used in several other recipes and it is very aromatic and
Fat burning spice #3 - Cumin
Cumin is a very popular spice and it has a potent metabolism boosting effect. Cumin helps provide the body with oxygen and improves the digestion process, and helps the body produce digestive enzymes. Similar to cayenne, cumin increases the temperature of the body and naturally improves the body's ability to burn fat by up to 25 percent. It helps the body stabilize and manage blood sugar levels and can is a healthy spice for people with diabetes. Cumin seeds also have a detoxifying effect and can help the body rid itself of built up toxins in the digestive system.
Fat burning spice #4 - Red pepper flakes
Red pepper flakes are thermogenic like cayenne and they burn fat by increasing the temperature of the body and speeding up the metabolism. Studies have proven many times that red pepper flakes and other spices with capsaicin can help maintain a healthy weight and they even reduce calorie consumption. They are a great way to help control excess eating, and they add plenty of flavor. They are also rich in disease fighting antioxidants and they improve circulation. They may prevent against certain types of cancer and they are a potent anti-inflammatory spice as well.
Fat burning spice #5 - Coriander seeds
Coriander seeds have several health benefits and they are commonly used in Ayuvedic medicine. They are helpful for controlling blood sugar and can promote a healthy insulin response. They are also rich in antioxidants which can help prevent against cardiovascular illnesses and can lower LDL cholesterol levels. The seeds are also rich in several important minerals such as copper, iron, zinc, potassium, and manganese which are involved in several different metabolic processes such as blood pressure, fat metabolism, and hormone responses.
Fat burning spice #6 - Paprika
Paprika has been heavily studied lately for its cholesterol lowering effects and potential fat burning effects. It has been shown to assist with weight loss in animal studies and helps the body produce glycogen from glucose. It is also very rich in antioxidants and they contain a wide variety of different types of antioxidants. The spice has also been shown to have potential anti-cancer properties in animal studies and may be helpful at preventing skin and pancreatic among other cancers.
Fat burning spice #7 - Coriander leaves
We discussed the weight loss and health benefits of coriander seeds, but the leaves are another source of several health and fat loss benefits and they are commonly used in a wide range of different cuisines and recipes. Coriander leaves are also known as cilantro and they can help control blood sugar in a similar way as the seeds. The leaves can be used to help relieve certain digestive symptoms such as indigestion and nausea, and it can also aid with digestion. It adds tremendous flavor to a variety of different foods can help the body detox and lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol.
Fat burning spice #8 - Cloves
Cloves have a similar effect as cinnamon and they help the body regulate blood sugar levels. They also increase metabolism and help the body burn excess fat. Cloves and cinnamon are two of the best spices for preventing diabetes, and they have proven to improve insulin function for people with diabetes. They also help the body digest and metabolize high fat meals. You may have to use this spice sparingly because it is strong, but a small amount of this spice on a regular basis can definitely help you maintain a healthy weight.
Adding these spices into your regular routine can be very easy, and there are thousands of great weight loss recipes that you can find online if you need some ideas. In general, you should try to substitute spices for sugar and fat whenever possible in your diet. The HCG diet is a very low calorie diet, but there are dozens of delicious recipes that have been developed for the diet throughout the years primarily with the use of spices.
The HCG diet allows the use of several of these and other spices in your own recipes, and their potent weight loss benefits and other health benefits are a great incentive to start including more of them in your regular diet. Get more information about the HCG diet by clicking here, or speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical about how the HCG diet can help you lose weight now.