March 25, 2018 | Categories: Weight Loss & Nutrition
What if we told you that what you eat could help you burn more fat—even while you sit? Adding certain fat-burning ingredients to your diet can have a thermogenic effect on your body (simply put, it makes your body use up more energy to process the food), igniting metabolism so your body can burn more calories.
Learn which spices you should add to every meal and snack to fire up your fat-burning furnace!
According to new research out of University of Michigan this November, researchers discovered that an essential oil in cinnamon can fat cells and could be used as a treatment to fight obesity, according to a story on USAToday.com. This brown bark helps regulate blood sugar by lowering fasting glucose levels, according to studies. Add a dash or two of cinnamon to your coffee or oatmeal in the morning to kick-start your body’s fat-burning sources for the day.
Swapping mayo for mustard on your sandwich will not only save you fat and calories, but it could help burn more calories the rest of the day! Mustard can boost your metabolism by about 25 percent. Dark mustards tend to boost your metabolism more than the lighter mustards. Learn more about metabolism-boosting spices here!
Adding spices like cayenne to your foods can help fire up metabolism. That’s because this spice contains capsaicin, which “heats up” your body, producing that thermogenic effect. Consider adding hot sauce to popcorn, eggs, or opting to top off your grilled chicken with a spicy salsa. 10 Ways to Burn More Fat During Your Workout
This spicy root can help with bloating. You can make ginger tea, make a belly-flattening beverage with ice water and lemon, add ginger to your sushi dinner, or use ginger in a chicken or veggie stir-fry.
Adding this powder to your diet might help you reduce body fat, according to research from Iran’s Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences. In a randomized trial of 88 obese or overweight women, the women were divided into two groups. One group added 3 grams of cumin (about a teaspoon) to their yogurt at two meals for three months. After 90 days, the women in the experimental group showed significant improvement in weight, BMI, waist circumference, fat mass and body fat percentage were also significantly reduced. They also showed improved numbers for fasting cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL and increased HDL. Sprinkle cumin into non-fat Greek yogurt for a savory snack, or use it in stir-fries and rice dishes.
These peppers have the same thermogenic effect as cayenne, says one study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. It’s that chemical, capsaicin, which makes peppers spicy, and induces thermogenesis, the process by which cells convert energy into heat. It’ll make the body feel warm, but it’s also using energy, which is what you want when you’re at rest.
Research suggests eugenol, a flavor component of the nutmeg clove, may inhibit enzymes that are involved in glucose metabolism, encouraging fat breakdown. Mice studies link eugenol with reduced glucose levels, alleviating adverse effects of diabetes.
This spice has gained popularity in recent years, thanks to its many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have been done on a component of turmeric, curcumin, and say that it can help with regulation of the body’s inflammation response, blood sugar levels, blood fat levels, fat oxidation, and more.
Salt-free spices are great options to add to plain dishes to season foods by maximizing flavor.
This article originally appeared on DoctorOz.com.
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