Spices are a gift from Mother Nature. They have numerous benefits for your health. Here, I will tell which herbs will not only make your food tastier, but help you lose your belly! Yes, spicing up your food can help you to get in the dream shape!
You can add them to every recipe included in your personalised meal plan.
Cinnamon is a top spice when it comes to fat burning and improving body composition. As you already know from previous articles, cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity. It has a major role in glucose partitioning, making carbs to be stored in the muscles, rather than as fat. (So you build muscles and burn fat at the same time). Sprinkle it on top of your higher-carb meals, such as oats, even on the rice or the sweet potatoes; mix in your coffee instead of creamer; in smoothies, or in your protein shake.
2. Black Pepper
Black pepper stimulates the central nervous system and the hormone activity, and this way increases your metabolism. The main compound in black pepper, called piperine, interferes with genes in the body which control fat cells generation. Piperine also improves nutrient absorption and digestion. Other compounds in black pepper stimulate the breakdown of fats in the body.
3. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne’s active ingredient – capsaicin –aids weight loss by decreasing appetite and making your body use fats instead of carbs for energy. It also has a thermogenic effect.
4. Mustard seeds
A research has found that adding mustard to your meal speeds up the metabolism by up to 25% for couple of hours after eating. Mustard seeds are also rich in the mineral Selenium, which also aids in weight loss.
The active compound in turmeric is curcumin. In one study researchers found that curcumin induces the browning of white adipose tissue by stimulating the production of one neurotransmitter ‒ norepinephrine. Put simply, the more brown fat you have (instead of white), the more calories you will burn on a daily basis.
Ginger, just like hot peppers, also enhances fat burning by increasing thermogenesis and suppressing the appetite. It also improves digestion and helps clearing the body from toxins, which helps you shed those last pounds.