You don’t need some crazy diets to help you lose weight. At the end of the day, eating good, real food is the simplest way to maintain a healthy weight. We all have to eat, so you might as well add on these spices to help keep your metabolism working at its peak performance.
Cinnamon has the strange ability to imitate the activity of insulin in the body. Insulin is the chemical that helps your body regulate the levels of blood sugar or glucose. Maintaining a blood sugar level is important as spikes that are either too high or too low can be dangerous, even for non-diabetics. Increased blood sugar levels can cause excess fat to be stored, making it harder for people to maintain or lose weight. Cinnamon, strangely enough, helps regulate your levels so this excess fat does not build up.
Eating cinnamon causes a metabolic reaction to occur in your body that increases your metabolism because it takes a extra energy to metabolize the cinnamon. This boost in metabolism allows you to burn more calories, which is helpful for weight loss.
Cinnamon is also know to slow down the process of moving food into your stomach, which will suppress your appetite and help to keep you full , longer.
Try sprinkling a teaspoon on your oatmeal, tea, coffee, yogurt, fruit juice or protein shake!
Spicy foods have a natural chemical in them – capsaicin – that fire up your metabolism. This chemical is also what helps your body burn more energy. Simply put, spicy peppers cause the body temperature to rise, and when it does, your body burns more calories as it goes through the cooling process. Unfortunately, the more accustomed your body becomes to to spicy foods, it may take more spice to raise your body temperature.
Try adding cayenne powder into some of your favorite recipes for a spicy kick and boost to your metabolism. You can add cayenne powder to soups and stews in a small amount, one to two pinches, without much of a boost in spiciness, but you will still see a boost in your metabolism s.
Can’t handle red peppers? Even just a pinch of cayenne has been shown to boost metabolism by up to 25 percent for three hours after you eat, while also curbing hunger.
Garlic’s ability break down fat increases metabolism. A person’s metabolic rate determines how efficiently the body burns calories. While calories fuel your body, the extra calories of a slow metabolism are converted into fat; however, eating garlic helps to lower unhealthy fats in the blood that lead to high cholesterol levels.
Garlic also works to reduce fat in the body’s fat cells. Oils in garlic promote peristalsis, which loosens fat and then helps to flush it from your body. Additionally, eating garlic raises your body temperature – similar to cayenne pepper – helping to burn fat more efficiently.