Recently my wife and I took a two week trip to India. And as you know, whenever you’re on holiday and visit a new place, then you want to experience the culture of the country that you’re visiting.
So Emily and I visited all the great landmarks, which hold a true historical and significant value, such as the majestic Taj Mahal mausoleum, the Golden and the Khajuraho Temples, and many others.
But we also tried out the local cuisine. The chicken curry I had was so delicious that it simply blew me away. But that’s not the only dish that our taste buds were able to enjoy while we were there. The desserts were also mind-blowing.
In fact, during our stay there, we ate so much that we felt we gained a few pounds.
But surprise, surprise, once we got home and got up on the scale… we were shocked to see that we’ve actually been shedding pounds of fat. I’ve lost 2.5 lbs. while Emily has lost almost 3 lbs.
But once I began to think about the real reason why we’ve been losing this much weight without even trying, everything suddenly became crystal clear to me.
You see, during our trip, we inadvertently followed one simple principle: we’ve consumed plenty of mouth-watering foods, whose flavors were enriched by herbs and spices.
But you see, these spices were actually taming down the ghrelin hormone inside our bodies – the hormone which triggers your hunger.
Because of the spices, we were actually eating less, yet we still felt full.
So let me more about the spices that you should be including in your diet if you want to melt that belly fat away:
This is an impressive spice that’s worth its weight in gold.
Apart from boosting your metabolism and helping your body burn calories at an increasingly faster rate, cinnamon can also lower your cholesterol and regulate your blood sugar, thus protecting you against sugar spikes.
So this makes it an ideal seasoning for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Sprinkle it on top of your favorite foods whenever you can.
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With its thermogenic properties and spicy-sweet flavor, cardamom has powerful metabolism boosting properties.
Plus, it’s a potent diuretic, eliminating the toxins that prevent you from losing weight.
But apart from that, it can help combat digestive problems, like bloating, heartburn, or constipation, if you drink 3 cups of cardamom tea a day.
Cumin is a great ally for digestion and energy production. And just like cinnamon, it helps lower and optimize your high blood sugar levels.
New research suggests that cumin can accelerate your weight loss process, reduce body fat and improve your cholesterol level.
To benefit from all these benefits, just make sure to consume a teaspoon of this condiment tree times/day.
It contains a compound called capsaicin, which gives peppers that heat feeling. But capsaicin is extremely valuable for you because it:
- helps shrink fat tissue
- fights cholesterol (due to it cleansing your blood of lipids or fat)
- cuts into the calorie intake of the foods you’re eating (so you can eat the foods you like every once in a while, without feeling guilty)
To benefit from its full range of benefits, just add cayenne pepper to your foods at least one per day, during lunch or dinner, or whenever you’re having a more heavier meal.
What are some of your favorite spices and in what dishes do you usually use them in?
Are there any other spices you would be interested in finding out more about?
I’m looking forward to reading all of your replies.
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To your health.