Hit the dreaded weight loss “plateau?” Some dieters get an amazing boost from herbs and spices that work like fat burners and crank up their metabolism. Here’s a list of the best ones.
You’ve been working hard on your weight loss plan for months, and you’ve made good progress. But for some reason, you seem stuck before reaching your goal. This is a called a weight loss plateau, and it’s one of the biggest obstacles that dieters trip over on their journey. Some dieters find a boost from herbs and spices that work like fat burners to turn up their metabolism.
It’s discouraging. You’re following your plan and doing everything the same way as you did before — but for some reason, it doesn’t seem to work anymore. The idea that your body holds on to weight at a certain point isn’t just some old wives’ tale. It’s called the “set point” theory.
The Set Point Dilemma
Sometimes your body just feels comfortable at a certain weight. Pregnancy and age can raise your body’s set point weight, too. Sometimes, your body starts thinking you’re malnourished because you’ve lost so much weight already.
But there are a few tricks you can use to change that set point and get past that plateau. In fact, you might hit a few of them along the way as you get closer to your goal. Don’t worry, you haven’t failed. In fact, it’s a sign of success.
Fat Burning Herbs and Spices
Adding a few fat burners to your routine will rev your metabolism back up again and get you back on track. There are a number of herbs and spices that increase your metabolism. Mainly, this effect is through the process of thermogenesis, which means the plant raises your body temperature.
Along with tasting great and settling an upset stomach, ginger is a thermogenic spice. That means it raises your core temperature and increases fat burning.
Cardamom goes well with nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, and boosts metabolism by raising your body temperature, just like ginger.
Cumin is another spice that helps burn fat. A recent study showed that dieters taking as little as a teaspoon a day lost weight than those in the control group after only three months. Best of all, the ones using cumin lost three times as much body fat. https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/cumin-spice-weight-loss
Cinnamon works similarly in fat burning as hot peppers do, but without the burn. It speeds up your metabolism, while also controlling insulin, which helps your burn sugar and carbs instead of storing them as fat.
5. Green Tea
Researchers have been studying the fat-burning effects of green tea, and they’ve found the combination of tea catechins and caffeine in green tea increases metabolism and helps your body burn more fat by activating the metabolically active brown fat in your body.
6. Rose Hips
These fruits of the wild rose can increase metabolism as well as lower blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol levels. A recent study showed that consuming rose hips increased energy expenditure and burned more fat both during exercise and when at rest.
Capsaicin, the ingredient in peppers that give them their bite, is also responsible for their weight loss boost. By increasing body heat chemically, cayenne has proven itself as a reliable fat burner.
How to Use Fat Burning Herbs and Spices
Now that you know the best plants to use to boost your dieting plan, how do you go about adding them to your everyday diet?
1. Meals: Add cumin and cayenne to a number of dishes. Perfect in chili, stews, or taco filling, these spices in your diet once or twice a day taste great and will put a kick in your weight loss
2. Beverages: Slim Teas are popular and contain fat-burning herbs and spices. Easier to use than capsules or pills, just fill your water bottle with tea to make using thermogenic herbs so much easier.
Some slim teas are sweet and spicy, with a delicious blend of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Add a little milk to make a chai tea drink. Other slim teas can be brisk and refreshing, made with green tea or black tea, with a little lemon for a tangy drink.
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Don’t let a diet plateau defeat you. When you’ve already some so far, don’t let a stall turning into a complete breakdown. Just remember — a weight loss plateau is really a sign that you’ve already made a lot of progress. Be proud of that and celebrate your success with a tasty spicy chai tea or a cold refreshing iced green tea.
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