One of the best ways to start melting fat, and keep it off, is to cook for yourself.
I know, it took me all day to think of that! J
Going out to dinner and picking up take out is easy. However, these foods are pretty shoddy nutrition wise and aren’t going to get your on the fast track to fat loss. They’re usually packed with fat, sugar and sodium. Three ingredients that practically guarantee weight gain.
The problem is that many people just don’t know how to cook at home without using fat, sugar, and salt to make the foods taste good.
Enter 5 spice, that little pot that’s been sitting in the back of your cupboard for the last 5 years.
“Hello, my name is 5 spice and I’m 5 more times spicier than you!” (Michael McIntyre)
Although, there are a variety of spices that can help you lose weight.
There are two primary ways that spices help you lose weight. The first is that they make your food taste better so you don’t have to add fat, sugar, and salt to make it palatable. Some commonly used spices include:
* Onion powder, not onion salt
* Garlic powder, not garlic salt
* Peppers (cayenne and black)
These spices can be found in any supermarket. They’re easy to use and they add great flavour to most foods. You might try a little onion or garlic powder and black pepper in a grilled turkey burger for example. You’ll get all the taste you could want and much less fat than a beef hamburger.
The other way that spices can help you lose weight is by directly influencing your body. Many spices boost your metabolism and some work as a diuretic to reduce water retention.
Spices that Boost Your Metabolism
Cayenne – Cayenne pepper and even other cooked peppers, have been shown to increase metabolism. It’s the Capsaicin in the cayenne pepper that boosts metabolism. Studies have shown that it may also help people lose weight by reducing the amount of calories you absorb. Some people even take capsaicin capsules to help them lose weight. You don’t have to do that, just add a little pepper to your meals.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is on the other side of the flavour spectrum than cayenne pepper but it offers many of the same benefits. Cinnamon actually contains a compound that helps improve your body’s insulin sensitivity, which helps store energy in your muscles rather than your fat cells. Just sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on your foods and away you go!
Black pepper and mustard seed also have similar properties to cinnamon and cayenne pepper. In fact, scientists found that one teaspoon of hot mustard can boost your metabolism up to 25% for several hours after eating it.
Fennel and ginger both work as a diuretic. That means they help water flow through your body and flush toxins out. Humans aren’t designed like camels and it’s a lot better if we have a good flow of water, which helps rid our bodies of toxins that can prevent us from burning excess fat.
If you’re on the path to lasting weight loss, open your spice cupboard or drawer and get cooking. You can make some delicious and nutritious food that help you lose weight too.