When trying to lose weight, many of us will come across the term “metabolism.” This refers to the rate at which you burn energy and is affected by a wide range of factors; your age, gender, activity level and diet all play a part in determining your metabolism.
However, the one you really ought to concentrate on is your diet. Your diet is the key to keeping your metabolism high and eating food can actually help you to lose weight, whether this appears counter-productive or not. It therefore seems appropriate to learn which foods can help you burn more fat and to include them in your diet. Spices are a great way of adding both flavor and a metabolism boosting property to your meals.
Black pepper is the first of these spices to get a mention and some studies give the figure of 8% metabolic increase after consumption.
Black pepper also stimulates gastric secretions and helps alleviate wind and constipation. Throw into the mix the ability of black pepper to aid your nutrient uptake and this proves itself nicely as a great way to spice up your meals.
Turmeric is a hot and yellow spice that packs a health punch too. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation and of course, help reduce fat. Turmeric contains curcumin which reduces the storage of fat tissue and blocks weight gain. Turmeric can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes too – so it’s more than just a little weight loss boost.
Cinnamon is the next in this impressive line-up and this can also reduce your blood sugar level. Cinnamon is great for your immune system and also promotes a healthy digestive system. A well-running digestive tract is essential for removing toxins and helping you to lose weight. Efficient digestion will rid your body of waste produce and clear your toxins away. There are also some people who claim that cinnamon reduces their appetite too – and you hardly need to count its calories either.
Ginger can work its wonders in your digestive system too and acts as a handy metabolism booster along the way. It reduces feelings of nausea and vomiting, increases stomach PH and eases gastric secretions.
Garlic contains oils which have a cleansing effect upon the body, reducing toxin levels and helping weight loss in this way. Garlic can also promote the peristalsis action which helps loosen up fat, ready for burning. Clumps of fat can be broken down by garlic. Apart from that, garlic goes well with herbs and other spices to make your healthy meals even healthier, and tastier too – it’s a fat burning double whammy.
Cayenne pepper is powerful, not only by its taste either. Just a tiny amount of the substance can raise your metabolism quite significantly; some have even estimated as much as a 25% metabolic increase as a result of cayenne pepper consumption. Cayenne pepper brings all of those nasty toxins to the surface of the blood too and thus helps them to be carried out of your system.
Chilli pepper is famous for its powerful kick and you can certainly afford to use this with caution. Similar to the cayenne pepper, it’s the capsaicin to be found in chilli peppers that promotes weight loss. One study found that adding three grams of chilli powder could allow subjects to burn an extra 45 calories – that’s 315 per week.