Focusing your diet on fresh, whole foods — rather than processed foods — is an ideal, healthy way to accelerate your weight-loss efforts. But if you’re concerned about having to eat bland, flavorless food, know there are many herbs and spices that not only add robust flavor, but can actually help you lose weight!
Try some of the following herbs and spices that can help you lose weight and while delivering surprising health benefits!
This holiday spice naturally helps regulate blood sugar and reduce cravings for sugary, unhealthy foods. Cinnamon also helps you stay full for longer periods of time so you eat less throughout the course of the day. Sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal and yogurt, try drinking cinnamon tea, and use it on baked apples or peaches for a delicious dessert! Find the recipe for baked peaches in our free healthy recipes e-book.
This pungent herb may have a reputation for causing bad breath, but it offers a long list of health benefits that promote weight loss. Garlic naturally reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, and accelerates fat-burning. Use whole, raw garlic instead of powdered garlic, and sauté with meats and veggies, or add to cold pasta salads. When cooking with garlic, add it towards the end so it doesn’t get burned.
This bright yellow spice increases your body heat to boost your metabolism — leading to extra calorie and fat burning. Turmeric also helps reduce inflammation and regulates hormones — both of which contribute to improved overall bodily function and weight loss. Use turmeric to flavor soups, stews, and roasted vegetables.
Like turmeric, this spice increases your body heat to speed up your metabolism. Cardamom also helps improve digestive problems such as bloating, gas, and constipation — all of which contribute to a larger waistline. Add cardamom to meats, coffee, and your favorite healthy baked goods.
Cayenne is yet another warming spice that heats up your body and accelerates fat burning. Cayenne is frequently added to chili recipes and used in Mexican cuisine for a spicy kick. In addition to boosting your metabolism, cayenne improves digestion, regulates blood sugar, and reduces inflammation.
This anti-inflammatory spice boosts your metabolism to help you lose weight more quickly. Black pepper improves digestion, breaks down fat cells, and even helps block the formation of new fat cells to help you stay slim. Black pepper adds robust flavor to most foods, including foods that are traditionally sweetened like yogurt and oatmeal.
This thermogenic spice offers the same fat-burning properties as turmeric, cardamom, and cayenne. In addition to speeding up your metabolism, cumin fights inflammation and improves cholesterol and digestion. Add cumin to soups, stews, chili, and healthy baked goods.
Mustard seed can boost your metabolism by as much as 25 percent to help you burn extra fat and calories. Mustard seed also aids in digestion, improves blood flow, and reduces inflammation to accelerate weight loss. Use mustard seeds to create your own homemade mustard without sugar and preservatives, or cook in oil and add to soups, stews, and sauces.
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Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on June 9, 2017