Spice Up Your Weight Loss Routine!

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Everybody seems to have their own ideas on how to lose weight. When Beyonce Knowles admitted to lost 20 pounds in 14 days by following the cayenne pepper and maple syrup diet before filming Dreamgirls. Supermodel Naomi Campbell is said to do the said diet 3 times a year to keep her figure. Reportedly American actor Jared Leto lost 62 pounds as well. Since then, many weight loss experts were appalled at the extreme regime. Among them, certain herbs and spices can actually help you maintain a healthy body weight by promoting weight loss.

When looking to lose weight, sometimes you only need to look as far as your kitchen. Sugar and spice and all things nice? Sugar certainly does not help you lose weight, but rather other spices.

Herbs and spices are great for adding some flavor to your foods, additionally, common herbs and spices may also help protect against certain chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. So if you’re trying to lose a few or more pounds, consider being very generous when adding the following spices to your food.

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Cayenne pepper is the queen of all spices that promote weight loss. The main ingredient of cayenne pepper is capsaicin. Capsaicin which is generally a part of almost all spicy food does have health benefits. It binds to receptors on the tongue and also in the small intestine, where it activates a nerve that sends a message to the brain that you’re full. Stimulating the nerve also triggers your nervous system, increasing the amount of energy you use.

It is recommended to get about 20-30 grams a day for maximum benefits.

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Ginseng is a powerful herb that can increase energy, boost your metabolism, increase strength, and increase endurance. Ginseng helps you to lose weight in two ways. First it speeds up metabolism, with a faster metabolic rate even if you eat the same amount of food, you end up having less calories to be converted into fat. Many forms of ginseng are effective in speeding up metabolism rate and hence help body burn out more calories. Panax ginseng, in particular, has been linked to weight loss benefits.

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Cinnamon causes weight loss by heating up the body and stabilizing blood sugar by making cells more responsive to insulin.  It also has impressive benefits for blood sugar regulation, making it an ideal seasoning for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. It also boosts metabolism and decreasing negative effects that overweight and obesity may have on your health. Moreover, it is a great source of fiber and calcium which are highly important in your efforts to lose weight and build muscle.

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Ginger causes your tissues to use more energy thus burning more calories. This beneficial spice can suppress appetite, aid in digestion, remove toxins and raise body temperature (with excellent thermogenic properties, which help shed extra pounds) to boost metabolism.

Want to lose weight? Try ginger tea. Just steep 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root in water for 15 minutes, strain, and enjoy with honey or lemon. Additionally, ginger in other forms (dried, powdered, cooked) can be effective as well.

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From ancient times, black pepper is one of the most widely traded spices in the world.

Black pepper contains a substance called piperine, which not only gives it its pungent flavor, but also blocks the formation of new fat cells. Piperine is the substance in black pepper responsible for its pungency. The amount of piperine varies from 1-2% in long pepper, to 5-9% in the white and black peppers. Black pepper detoxifies your body by releasing hydrocholoric acids which are essential for breaking down foods. Black Pepper also protects against bacterial growth, particularly in the intestinal tract. Just like other spices, black pepper has a thermogenic effect when ingested. The spice stimulates your metabolism and thus temporarily increases body heat.

Adding certain herbs and spices to daily diet not only improves health but also adds taste and flavor to food. But the best way herbs and spices aid weight loss is that they’re calorie-free and add flavor to your meals without adding any calories. However, keep in mind that excess of anything can be harmful and can have adverse effect. Therefore, be wise and stay healthy.