15 Best Herbs And Spices To Help You Lose Weight June 23, 2016

We all love to look our best, and to achieve this, most of us ensure that our body weight is under control; sadly not many of us find it easy to be all trim and slim. With excessive body weight, many people are struggling to get into their best shape. So, why is it that people experience failure in their attempts? Should they simply give up? No, they shouldn’t give up; failures could be different, pertaining to different reasons.

Failures could be due to wrong methodology/ technique, or simply put, you must be getting highly impatient, and by seeing no significant results, you may term it as your failure. As long as you have the right means to get rid of the unwanted fat, you are definitely on the right track. Out of the many options to lose weight, you can use herbal remedies for weight loss because they have proven to display effective results.

If you want to know whether losing weight with herbs is possible? The answer is a big ‘Yes’. We must consider ourselves lucky because our country India, known for the variety of spices offers magical formulations for effective weight loss. The popularity of herbs is on the rise, which is why many products across the globe are using them in the form of body slimming oils and gels. However, it is very important to choose the right ayurvedic herbs for weight loss.

Stack up your pantry will all the below mentioned herbs for weight loss :

1. Green Tea:

Green tea is indeed one of the most popular weight loss herbs that contain antioxidants that speed up the metabolic rate helping in burning calories faster. Besides green tea, you can’t trust other beverages because they may be harmful to one’s health. Also, keep in mind that only drinking ounces of green tea won’t help, combine it with exercise for better results.

2. Flax Seeds:

Being a very good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, it also has a capacity to keep your stomach fuller for a longer time reducing your craving for food. Flax seeds when soaked in water become larger in size due to a coating on them called mucilage. After being eaten, they stay in your stomach for a long time, take time to get digested thus giving you the feeling of fullness, and you can also expect gradual healthy weight loss.

3. Aloe Vera:

This magical plant is not just beneficial for our skin but does wonders to our body too. It has properties that help detoxify and clean your body and in turn improves the digestive functioning.

4. Triphala:

This is not actually an herb but a powder derived from three fruits by name Haritaki, Amalaki and Bibhitaki. Soak a spoonful of triphala powder overnight in a glass of water and strain it before you have it on an empty stomach. It helps in proper digestion, flushes off your system, and lowers the water content in your body eventually reducing your hunger drive.

5. Ginseng:

This root-like looking herb gives spark to your metabolism, helping you get rid of the fat accumulated in the problematic and burning down calories faster. You may have them as pills or even put extracts in your tea, making it into a good weight loss herbal tea.

6. Cinnamon:

A popular Indian spice, it has both a sweet and strong flavor. Cinnamon helps quicken your metabolism. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar. It also plays a major role in reducing blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. With its benefits, it becomes an ideal condiment for those of you who are diabetic. Cinnamon can also boost your glucose metabolism, which helps improve blood sugar regulation.

7. Cardamom:

Another popular Indian spice with a unique flavor, cardamom or elaichi is a known thermogenic, which means that it burns fat for fuel to heat the body. Cardamom also helps boost metabolism and in turn helps the body burn more fat. It prevents formation of gas that bloats up your stomach instantly. Cardamom has been widely used in the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda. Have a little elaichi or cardamom added in your food to increase metabolism rate.

8. Garlic:

This herb comes with magical healing properties, which helps in treating cardiovascular conditions, improves your immune system and curing common cold to even fighting fatal cancer! Recent research has shown that this magical herb claims to reduce the fat from your waistline. Isn’t that tempting?

Garlic contains a special compound called allicin that suppresses hunger pangs and boosts metabolism. Have one or two cloves of raw garlic every week and it shows outstanding results.

9. Cayenne Pepper: 

The main ingredient in Beyonce’s famous master cleanse diet, Cayenne Pepper is rich in capsaicin, the compound that gives pepper its heat. As a known thermogenic, capsaicin stimulates the body to burn fat to create heat. It has been known to dissolve fat tissue and decrease the intake of calories. Cayenne Pepper also helps lower blood fat levels. (1).

10. Black Pepper:

When we are speaking of pepper, let’s not forget black pepperA cousin of the Cayenne Pepper, the Black pepper is rich in piperine. Piperine is what gives black pepper its characteristic flavor. One of its characteristics is to inhibit the creation of fat cells, which help reduce weight. You can combine Black and Cayenne Pepper to speed up the fat burning process. (2)

11. Mustard:

Did you know that mustard had weight loss properties? It’s true that mustard can trigger weight loss up to 30 % faster. They come from the mustard plant. They are extremely popular all around the world. Mustard seeds help boost metabolism, sometimes by more than 25%, making them excellent agents for weight loss. Having 2-4 teaspoons of mustard seeds daily will help you burn around 50 extra calories in an hour.

12. Ginger:

Who knew that ginger could keep you slim and trim? Ginger boosts metabolism by 20% that speeds up calorie burning process. Include little pieces of this herb to your dish and see how it fights obesity. It is also been used to treat sore throat and a number of other conditions. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the intestines. Ginger has also been shown to have active appetite-suppressant characteristics, which ensure that you don’t gorge on food.

13. Dandelions: 

Dandelions aren’t just beautiful, they are edible as well. In fact, they are crammed with nutrients. Dandelions have been shown to slowdown the digestive process. This ensures that you feel full for a longer time, which in turn ensures that you don’t have too much to eat too often. Dandelions are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals and Vitamin K1. They also contain beta-carotene, which attacks free radicals and helps protect your liver.

14. Cumin: 

Cumin or Jeera is another popular spice that is used in almost every other curry in Indian cuisine. It helps the body get the energy required for tasks, and it is a great digestive. It is this digestive property that makes cumin an effective agent for weight loss.

15. Green Chillies:

Chillies can certainly turn up the heat in any cuisine. Apart from firing up the throat, chillies contain capsaicin. Capsaicin has been known to stimulate the burning of fat to create heat. Capsaicin also dissolves fat-tissue and reduces calorie intake. Apart from helping control weight, chillies provide energy to the body. (3)

All the above spices and herbs for weight loss mentioned are widely used in our culinary, but for so long we have been ignorant of their weight loss properties. Now that we are aware, we must make proper use of them so as to benefit our health.

So, why don’t you start using these herbs and spices in your food today, and reduce weight without painful exercises and stringent diets! Do tell us about your experiences. If you think we missed some spices, please let us know. Leave a comment below! 

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/meenadas/ Meena

    Thank you for posting… You give courage to those of us who are ready to change our habits & ready to take the leap to total health.

  • pooja

    thank u for ur posting.