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How different herbs and spices can help boost your weight loss

It is known that different herbs and spices can scientifically help you to lose weight. If your following the Lifestyle plan and your cooking for yourself at home how about adding some more ‘zing’ to your meals by including some extra ingredients. It will add a different flavour to your packs if you add a pinch of fresh herbs or spices to your soups or savoury meal packs.

Here are just a few to mention.

Ginger

Usually known to help with digestion, it can also encourage weight loss. Its packed with ‘Capsaicin’ which help speeds up your metabolism. Why not try a nice soothing ginger tea? This drink is permitted on plan and also counts towards your water allowance, which is a bonus!

Black Pepper

This has to be one of the most common spices from around the world and can also help with stomach problems. Research has shown that it contains ‘Piperine’ which has been linked to weight loss as it breaks down fat cells.

Cinnamon

It can be bought as sticks, extracts or powdered. A small scoop of this can help lower your blood sugar and improve your insulin levels. When less sugar is stored as fat it can encourage weight loss. This would be great added to your porridges.

Turmeric

Whilst this is commonly used in cooking it has also been used in ancient traditional medicines. This spice contains ‘Curcumin’ which has been known to prevent the growth of fat tissue. A way to enjoy this spice is to sprinkle it on your scrambled egg pack. It also gives off a wonderful rich woody aroma.

Cardamom

This spice is commonly used in Indian dishes. It is known to help with digestion and promotes a good metabolism. Its use is also used to combat bad breath, which is a useful tip to some of our members as this can be a common side effect of ketosis. Try chewing on some seeds or try this in your tea to help rid of this. It would also make a nice change to your porridges.

Thyme

With a lemony flavour and a fragrant aroma this aromatic herb can help reduce gas and bloating. Its also great for women who suffer from menstrual cramping. Why not stew yourself a nice cup of Thyme Tea by adding this to some boiled water and leave to seep for a few minutes.

Garlic

This plant is part of the onion family and contains the ‘Satiety’ hormone which can control cravings and reduces binge eating. It’s a great detoxifier too. Blending some chopped garlic to plain yoghurt would make a great dip you could have as an accompaniment to your meals.

Mint

Commonly also known as ‘Pudina’ helps stimulate digestive enzymes that can turn fat into energy. I have known many of our members adding a sprig of this to their water to give a nice, refreshing taste. You could also try adding a bit of cucumber too.

Katrina MoffatThe great thing about fresh herbs and spices is that they are very minimal in carbs. Please also check mixed blends like Curry Powder for example as these may include added starches in them, as some do. You could even make up your own different blends using various herbs or spices and add them to your meals. That would be something fun to make and tasty too!

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Comments on How different herbs and spices can help boost your weight loss
ceri dunwell 28/09/2017 22:46
I take high concentration curcumin with piperole for pain relief ...I didnt know about the effects its said to have on fat ....might remind me to take them regularly now I know its added benefits thanks to sns.! I love fresh herbs chopped and added to the soups and meals ...love a bit of watercress in the soups and basil in the spaghetti bolognese especially .
Vicki Gill 28/09/2017 19:48
Such a great article. I never really thought about adding herbs and spices to the packs and I love most of the ones you've mentioned.
I will certainly be eating more curries, I make one with ginger, garlic, turmeric, cardamom and black pepper in it (along with a few others) and now I know they can help me more than just tasting great.

Thank you x
Sara paul 28/09/2017 19:14
This is a great post! I always wondered what herbs and spices were good for weight loss. I tend to throw a load into a pan and see what flavours come out haha. Will definitely be trying out some of the mixed blends with my next order!!
Naema Hassan 28/09/2017 18:46
I sometimes have tumeriv with hot water to helps with weightloss as well as having clearer skin at night it's best.

Also adding garlic to food helps with adding flavour and provides the following benefits.

Garlic stimulates the satiety hormone which reduces binge eating, sugar cravings, junk food, and oily stuff.
It releases the norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter which boosts metabolism.
The allicin present in it lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels.
Garlic inhibits the process breaking down stored fats.
It is a powerful detoxifier and effective diuretic.
It contains trace minerals (sulfur, selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron), amino acids and vitamins A, C, and E.
It helps to dissolve blood clots that lead to heart stroke.
It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
It helps to remove excess mucus from the body.
Zoe Irvine 28/09/2017 18:30
Great post Katrina, I've just used garlic and chilli flakes to cook the slim noodles in, I agree they are a great way to help and can make all the difference to slim noodles/slim pasta if you are struggling with them x
Jill Thompson 28/09/2017 18:07
This is my first time on the blog! Go me ! I'm quite shy at these things. So it's a biggy. I'm vegetarian and very fussy eater so I am very grateful for your blog and all the other comments I shall certainly try and spice my meals up about didn't realise they helped with weight loss. Thanks again x
Jac jarrett 28/09/2017 17:33
I only use cinnamon at the moment but will definitely use some of the others now , didn't know they were good for weight loss x
Yasmin 28/09/2017 17:09
I have all the above spices! I crush a pod of cardamon & soak it in a tea pot with black tea ( decaf) it tastes delicious! You can add a splash of milk & sweetener too if you prefer.
I soak ginger in milk, with honey & cinnamon too, for a few hours & then warm up in the microwave, delicious drink on a cold winters night.
Sharon Thomas 28/09/2017 17:04
I use ciñnamon in my porridges to boost the flavour and add ginger and garlic to nearly to everything
Katie Roe 28/09/2017 16:47
I love spicy food so I use a lot of chilli and garlic as it adds great taste to foods, I’m very adventurous so I tend to use all different types of herbs and spices I will give anything a try lol love my chilli though

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