With swimsuit season just around the corner you may be starting to stress about how you are going to fit into your swimwear.
Luckily for you there may be an answer to your issue.
We all know that diet and exercise is a great way to lose those excess pounds and to tone up our saggy bodies, but you may not realise that certain spices when added to our food can also help to blast away that troublesome stored fat.
On a recent Dr Oz Show episode, Dr Mehmet Oz spoke about 5 belly fat burning spices that can help you achieve a slimmer waist.
Here are his suggestions:
#1 – Cinnamon
Cinnamon can help to regulate your blood sugar levels as it can increase the metabolism of glucose, meaning that your blood sugar levels will not rise as high as normal.
Studies have shown that high blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of body fat.
There are also reports that indicate that cinnamon could slow the time food takes to pass through your stomach and intestines, meaning that you are likely to stay fuller for longer and will be less likely to want to snack.
You can add cinnamon to your daily diet by adding a little to your tea, or perhaps you could sprinkle some on your morning cereal or toast.
There are even supplements that you can take that can help increase your cinnamon intake.
#2 – Oregano
Oregano oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation in white adipose tissue, this can then suppress the formation of new fat cells.
Again oregano oil is available in capsule form.
#3 – Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice well known for its medicinal values. It is an anti-inflammatory and can also boost your immune system and lower cholesterol levels.
It can also be used to help with your weight issues as turmeric can increase the flow of bile in your stomach, which can help to break down fat.
Turmeric can also help to fight insulin resistance and can control blood sugar levels, which will help to reduce the amount of fat you can store.
#4 – Cloves
Cloves can help to boost your metabolic rate, which will in turn help you to burn extra calories.
It can also help regulate blood sugar levels in a similar fashion as cinnamon so you are less likely to store fat.
#5 – Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper contains a compound known as Capsaicin or Capsicum that has been shown to significantly increase the metabolism.
One issue with cayenne pepper is that it can cause irritation in the throat and you are unlikely to consume enough it of in food to make much difference to your weight loss efforts.
This is why if you want to increase your intake of cayenne pepper you should consider taking a supplement such as Capsiplex.
Other belly fat burning spices
Other spices you should keep an eye out for due to their fat burning abilities include:
- Black pepper
Just remember that increasing the amount of spices you consume daily is not going to make a huge difference to your weight if you are not going to be making other changes to your diet and activity levels.
The key to losing weight is to eat as healthily as possible and to get regular exercise.