best spices for weight loss

20 best spices for kick-starting your weight loss

January 28. 2022

While trying to lose weight, you have to be disciplined and follow the meal schedule given by a weight loss clinic. But if you don’t like the taste of your food or you get bored with the same taste of your meals, no matter how disciplined you are, you’re less likely to stick to the diet. You can stay on track just by seasoning your food. Herbs and spices are the best way to add flavor to your meals without adding calories, sugar, or other undesirable ingredients. This means that even if you’re following a 2200 calorie meal plan, you won’t increase the calorie intake by adding spices to your meals. It is also known that some spices can affect your weight loss. We are here to give you a list of the best spices that can improve losing weight.

But first, you may be wondering how herbs can aid your weight loss, so let’s see:

They support digestion

Herbs aid your metabolism process. They help your body digest the food you intake by converting macronutrients into micronutrients, making the metabolism work.

They promote hormonal health

Herbs have a lot of phytonutrients in them, which have an enzyme effect. Enzymes not only help break down food but also help hormones reach receptor sites in the body, and we all know a significant role of hormone balance in managing weight. 

They help reduce inflammation

The already mentioned phytonutrients in herbs are known to reduce inflammation and target the outer fibrous layer of fat cells.

Here’s a list of the 20 best spices for weight loss

Fenugreek

Natural fiber in this spice helps control appetite and reduce food intake. Fenugreek soaked in water helps get rid of toxins from the body and regulates insulin levels.

Cayenne pepper

As a type of chili pepper, it is popularly used to bring a spicy dose of flavor to many dishes. It contains a compound called capsaicin that gives it all its “superpowers,” which include reducing belly fat, suppressing appetite, and boosting the body’s ability to burn fat as energy. For achieving this power-kick, season it over fish, meat, and eggs.

Ginger

This ingredient can improve the number of gastrointestinal symptoms and has the ability to accelerate gastric emptying. Freshly grated ginger in marinades and salad dressings, as well as tea.

Oregano

This spice contains carvacrol, a powerful compound that may boost weight loss.  You can add it to any dish or have it as a tee, since it helps reduce cellulite. It can also decrease weight and fat gain by altering fat synthesis in the body.

Ginseng

This inevitable plant in Chinese medicine has amazing healing properties, as well as the ability to reduce body weight, delay fat absorption and modify fat formation.

Caralluma Fimbriata

This herb is often included in diet pills. It may help decrease appetite by increasing levels of serotonin.

Turmeric

Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties, apart from antioxidants. This brightly colored yellow spice may help you burn more body fat by increasing body heat which boosts metabolism. This spice is also known for other health benefits, like keeping your hormones under control at that time of the month. You can sprinkle it over vegetables or add it into soups and stews.

Black pepper

A compound of black pepper that gives it its characteristic taste and heat is piperine, which helps burn belly fat, inflammation, and tummy trouble. It also blocks the formation of new fat cells, which can help prevent weight gain. Season your grilled meats, eggs, or vegetables with a few grinds, and your waist will thank you. You can also add it to your green tea or the morning detox water.

Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema Sylvestre is often used to reduce blood sugar levels and may help reduce appetite and food intake.

Cinnamon

This spice made from the inner bark of trees is a powerful antioxidant and is known to balance blood sugar levels. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to your oats, smoothies, coffee, or over the sliced apple to ensure fewer cravings, smaller waist, and appetite control.

Green coffee bean extract

Commonly found in many weight-loss supplements, green coffee bean extract is known to reduce BMI and belly fat. 

Cumin

This powdery spice with a distinct nutty flavor has been shown to decrease body weight and body fat. Add cumin to yogurt, lentils, and roasted vegetables to use all its benefits.

Cardamom

This highly prized spice, popular both in cooking and baking, stimulates the digestive system and boosts metabolism. By adding it to your tea and food, you can prevent bloating and gas formation.

Mustard seed

It’s known to boost metabolism, so make sure to add mustard to your meals and feel the burn. However, be careful which one you choose as the ones you can find at the store can contain all sorts of artificial ingredients that can negatively affect your weight.

Saffron

It is known as one of the most expensive spices in the world, but a small amount of it is enough to reach its benefits. Saffron is beneficial for many reasons, like in the treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, stomach conditions, as well as in suppressing appetite and food intake, decreasing BMI, and decreasing waist circumference. Pair this spice with some herbs and add it to the steak, risotto, or seafood. 

Fennel seeds

These seeds help improve your immune system and digestive function. Consuming them after meals freshens your mouth and acts as a natural diuretic. Fennel seeds can also decrease the frequency of hunger pangs and can stop you from binge eating.

Chili pepper

This spice has a thermogenic effect which helps burn fat. It is very low in cholesterol, improves metabolism, and is beneficial for your heart health.

Garlic

It is fantastic for your immune system and can help your body burn fat. The only disadvantage is it causes stinky breath.

Rutin 

This herb specifically reduces GI inflammation so individuals with food allergies and poor gut health can benefit. Also, rutin is an excellent nutrient absorber, and we all know that when it comes to weight loss, what you absorb is often more important than what you eat.

Arugula

A well-known addition to a salad is a very nutritious herb. Arugula helps the body produce digestive enzymes that help with carb metabolism. 

Final thoughts

Make sure you add these tremendous spices in your upcoming meals and see their results in your weight loss and your health as well. Don’t underestimate their power!

You can take any recipes you like (e.g., any of the fast mimicking diet recipes) that already improve your weight loss and make them personal and even more effective.

We can also help you see which taste and mixture of these best spices for weight loss will suit you and your lifestyle, so feel free to schedule your call today!

Nurse Walton

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Nurse Walton

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Chanay received her Practical Nurse licensure and went to work in clinical specialties such as Home Health, Assisted Living, Long-Term Care and Dialysis Centers. Through this work, she realized the importance of diet, nutrition and weight loss among her patients. This led her to open A Better Weigh, Inc. Medical Weight Loss Center in 2009.

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