Herbs and spices are a part of our traditional garnish, which enhance the taste of food without adding any calories, sugar, sodium or any other junk. Some of these herbs and spices are actually proven to burn fat and boost metabolism to help you achieve weight loss goals.
Turmeric for weight loss
This yellow coloured spice is a very multitasking herb, it heals cuts and wounds, used on the face for enhancing the fairness of the skin as also for marinating food.
But lately, it has been found that it helps one lose fat also. One of its properties being a ‘warming spice’, it increases body heat and helps in losing weight and boosting body metabolism.
This classic spice has proven to balance blood sugar, helping in curbing cravings and keeping one’s appetite full.
One way of having it is to mix two spoon-full of ground cinnamon into warm water, adding honey and drinking it. The other maybe to sprinkle some on oatmeal, cottage cheese or yogurt. One can also add it to tea and have it.
This spice also makes a great marinade for meat.
Cayenne is also another ‘warming spice’ which increases body heat and temperature enabling the burning of body fat and improving body metabolism.
It is also useful for blood thinning and lowering the risk of cancer in humans.
Cumin seeds are proven to burn body fat in the ratio of 1:3 that is 1 spoon full of this spice shall burn three times the body fat and improve body metabolism.
It can be added to almost anything that is stir-fries, rice, soups or curries.
Ginger is also a thermogenic spice that develops body heat to burn body fat and improve body metabolism. This spice also cures cold and flu, if brewed with warm water.
Ginger powder is also had with Idlis and is known as Gunpowder in Southern India due to its foetid property.
It also helps in controlling blood sugar levels and glucose levels.
Just like a string of garlic keeps vampires away or a piece of garlic wards off bad dreams, garlic also is a thermogenic herb which increases body heat and helps in losing body fat and improve body metabolism.
Garlic added in oils and massaged on feet prevents cold during winters and provides warmth to the feet.
Black pepper also has plenty of fat burning properties. It has been proved that this herb blocks the formation of new fat cells in the body hence preventing weight gain. This spice is also thermogenic and cures a cold and flu as well.
This is yet another thermogenic herb, which helps in losing weight through an increase in body heat. It also helps in improving body metabolism.
Cardamom is generally found in a mixture along with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger for usages in tea or homemade Indian curries.
Dandelions have recently been discovered to have weight loss properties as they have been found to contain Vitamins A, C, and E along with minerals like iron and potassium. These were earlier considered as weeds and were not considered for consumption let alone as a food ingredient.
Such are the spices and herbs which can be used daily as a garnish or an ingredient in the staple diet for weight loss and prevent the problem of obesity in the body.
It has been proved that drinking tea made from any of the above herbs have been fruitful not only for weight loss or improve body metabolism but also cure a cold and flu in people and improve body immunity among them.
Restaurants and Home Chefs are using these ingredients more and quite often in their recipes and, salad dressings and dips.
These colourful variety of herbs and spices hence are useful not only for weight loss but also for improving body immunity and metabolism.
These herbs are readily available in the market and can be used readily without any hassle.
However, today’s fast-paced lifestyle is making us forget about these condiments and its usages and more often junk food is being consumed on a daily basis.
Hence, it is time that we develop and identify these ingredients and use them in recipes that are cooked daily and consume them for a healthy and disease free lifestyle.