We all know that herbs and spices can infuse flavor into otherwise boring dishes. But did you know that consuming some of these can actually help you lose weight? Here are a few that you should always keep handy on your spice rack.
Numerous studies have shown the fat-burning properties of spicy food. Capsaicin, the compound that gives peppers their heat, has been known to help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering blood fat levels, and increasing metabolism. Consuming spicy food also causes people to eat more slowly, which may mean you eat less in the long run. So don’t be afraid to add a generous dash of chili powder to your sauces, stews, soups, and dips.
Ginger is another spice that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that is known to help help soothe and relax one’s intestinal tract. Ginger is said to have thermogenic properties that help boosts metabolism and is an appetite-suppressant effect when consumed. You can sprinkle ground ginger onto Asian-inspired meals or use it as a base ingredient for your cakes and desserts.
Turmeric, which is often used in Indian curry, is another spice that can help weight loss. This bright yellow-orange spice contains curcumin, which helps reduce the formation of fat tissue by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form it. Thus, it can help lower body fat and body weight gain. For an easy side dish, add a dash of turmeric to cauliflower or broccoli before roasting.
Whether consumed fresh or in powdered form, garlic can help you metabolize carbohydrates and fats more efficiently. Its strong flavor can help you take smaller, slower bites which prevents overeating. Use garlic liberally in soups, vegetable and meat dishes and you may just drop the pounds sooner than expected.