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Spices to help you lose weight

Diet and physical activity are the basis of weight loss – but besides, it is worth using various clever metabolism accelerators. And some of them are in your kitchen. Learn about the spices that are most effective at helping you burn fat and accelerate weight loss.

Spices, especially those with a spicy flavor, are a valuable support for people who want to quickly lose a few unnecessary kilograms. In most cases, this is due to capsaicin: a substance present in spicy, expressive spices that affects the process of thermogenesis and speeds up metabolism.

Capsaicin also increases the rate of calorie burning by up to 10 percent. Thanks to this, you can afford a little more during the diet, or simply achieve the desired effect faster.

But not only spices rich in capsaicin are helpful in losing weight, but also those that regulate digestive processes, reduce appetite, improve the functioning of the intestines or prevent the storage of sugar.

Here are the spices that best help you lose weight.


Chili

Powdered chili pepper is a rich source of capsaicin. A small pinch of this spice added to a meal adds energy and has a warming effect, affects the resting metabolism (increases the process of thermogenesis, i.e. the conversion of energy into heat), also increases – and prolongs – the feeling of fullness after even a small meal.

It’s very spicy, so it’s best to start with really small amounts and gradually increase the dose as your taste buds get used to it.


Cinnamon

You can sprinkle cinnamon on coffee, muesli, porridge, add to compote or fish dishes. You can also use it to prepare a slimming drink (mix a teaspoon of cinnamon with a tablespoon of honey and dissolve in 125 ml of warm water at a temperature of 39 degrees C – warmer destroys the valuable enzymes contained in honey) and drink it every day before breakfast.

Why is it worth it? Cinnamon regulates carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar levels, also increases the sensitivity of cells to insulin, and also stimulates enzymes involved in metabolic processes. To get rid of excess pounds, half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day is enough, used in any way.


Ginger

It can also help you lose weight because it facilitates digestion – the oil contained in the ginger rhizome stimulates the secretion of saliva and gastric juice, it also acts as a cholagogue. It also has a warming effect and improves the metabolism.

As some scientific studies suggest, one of its ingredients – gingerol – accelerates the burning of fat stored in the abdomen and in internal organs.

This spice can be added to salads, rice, fish and meat dishes, and fresh ginger root can also be used to prepare a slimming drink: peel a small piece of the root (approx. 5 cm), cut it, then boil half a liter of water, put ginger in it , cook for 15 minutes, covered – then cool, drain, add 2 tablespoons of honey (you can also add a little milk to taste) and drink it twice a day.


Ground pepper

This is one of the most popular spices in the world. For culinary purposes, black pepper is mainly used, but there are also other types – including white, red and green pepper. The alkaloid piperine is responsible for the sharp taste of pepper – and also for its slimming properties.

Piperine increases lipolysis (fat burning), increases the secretion of digestive juices, slightly increases body temperature, accelerating metabolism, and supports the processes of protein absorption and building muscle tissue. In order not to lose these valuable properties due to high temperature, it is best to sprinkle pepper on the food at the very end of cooking or baking.


Turmeric

It has a distinctive ginger-like smell and strong flavor, is also responsible for the yellow color of some dishes – such as rice – and gives a yellow tinge to curry mixes. Turmeric improves and accelerates digestion, as it stimulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes and gastric juice, suppresses appetite, has a positive effect on the liver, also has choleretic properties, stimulating the secretion of bile involved in the digestion of fats.


Basil

This aromatic spice greatly improves digestion – the essential oils contained in the fragrant basil leaves stimulate intestinal peristalsis, facilitate the absorption of nutrients from food, and stimulate the secretion of gastric juice. However, it should not be used in excess, because basil is also effective in the case of lack of appetite.

Basil should be added to salads (e.g. caprese) and soups, as well as to lemonade. Due to the fact that basil soothes intestinal cramps and helps reduce flatulence, it is also worth adding it to flatulent dishes, such as dishes with the addition of broad beans and beans, fatty cheese or meat dishes.