So what’s your perfect idea for weight loss? Most people will agree with the concept of adding more protein to their diet, cutting out on carbohydrates, and drinking more water. Some may also ad brown rice, quinoa, and other fancy items to expedite the weight loss process. Well, here you may be missing out on some of the major ingredients proven by research that help body burn fat.
So what are these? You may have tough time guessing these. These are herbs and spices! Surprised? Well, you don’t have to be. Herbs and spices help add flavor to food. The best part is that these can be added for no additional calories, sodium, sugar, junk etc.
Research has revealed that when you don’t like the taste of something, there are less chances for sticking to that diet, regardless of how determined and disciplined you are. Adding herbs and spices will flavor up the food. These are also very helpful in boosting your metabolism and facilitate quicker burning of fat in the body.
Here are some of the most effective herbs and spices backed by science that help you lose weight:
The brightly colored yellow spice is very helpful in burning body fat. Studies revealed that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric helped lose more fat in individuals than those on the same diet sans curcumin. This is a “warming spice” that increases body heat and boosts metabolism.
The garnishing spice will aid your efforts to lose weight. It is a natural diuretic and helps ease bloating. The high fiber content will help with digestion and movement of food along the tract. Eugenol, a volatile oil in parsley lowers blood sugar levels allowing diabetics to manage their weight.
The spice balances blood sugar and curbs cravings, keeping one feeling full for longer. Add it to your oatmeal, salads, drinks, and other foods to help lose weight.
Loaded with antioxidants possessing anti-inflammatory properties that help counter hyperglycemia and decrease fasting blood glucose levels, rosemary makes for an effective herb for weight loss. It can also keep metabolic disorders at bay. The carnosic acid in the spice holds anti-obesity potential.
The warming spice raises body temperature and boosts metabolism. Addition of this spice to food can burn up to 100 calories per meal.
Loaded with bioactive compounds such as flavonoids and polyphenols capable of inhibiting enzymes DPP-IV (dipeptidyl peptidase IV) and PTP1B (tyrosine phosphatase 1B), oregano promotes sugar regulation and metabolism to help those with diabetes to lose weight. The spice helps ease constipation, and reduce bloating. Oregano helps bile juices flowing to aid digestion. Also the scent of the herb could help you lose weight as it triggers the release of your happy hormone serotonin.
A teaspoon added to a meal each day will let you burn up to three times more body fat. Cumin can be added to almost any food for flavor.
Peppermint smell has an appetite-suppressing effect which makes you feel less hungry. It reduces cravings making you take fewer calories lose weight. The oil extracted from leaves of the herb relieves gas, indigestion, and acidity. An improved digestive system will maximize the nutrients your body gets from food consumption to receive more by eating less.
It controls blood sugar and effectively prevents spike in glucose levels post a sugar- or carb-rich meal. It has fat-burning, or thermogenic, properties that help you lose weight.
The spice is helpful in cases of obesity related to hormonal imbalance (polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)). Lower estrogen levels leads to menopausal weight gain. Spearmint will help in boosting estrogen levels naturally. Herbal tea prepared from spearmint will reduce free testosterone levels in the body and increase estradiol levels, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone.
Consuming this herb will promote fat burning.
Sometimes iodine deficiency results in thyroid problem. This can be resolved by consuming kelp (a sea herb). It improves thyroid function. Hypothyroidism leads to sluggish metabolism and weight gain. Thyroid related weight gain can be relieved with kelp.
13. Black Pepper
The spice is loaded with fat-burning properties and can block the formation of new fat cells. This prevents weight gain. So add black pepper to everything you eat.
Stress can actually cause weight gain. So a weight gain despite healthy diet could be a product of stress. Cortisol, the stress hormone wreaks havoc with blood sugar levels and also increases fat storage to gain weight. It may even induce stress eating. Sage will help combating the issue via relieving stress, easing anxiety, and having a calming effect on your mind and body.
A thermogenic spice, it is very helpful in boosting temp of body and metabolism. You can mix it with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to prepare chai (Indian tea).
Chefs and home cooks are widely using this spice to add flavor to drinks and meals. It offers weight loss benefits and reduces bloat.