Herbs for Weight Loss

Weight gain is compounded by numerous factors, however in almost all cases the major contributor is the excessive intake of food, especially of certain food types.

Eating the right foods will be the key to your weight loss success so you must be diet-conscious when choosing them. There are even herbs which can assist weight loss. These herbs act in different ways so review the following to see how you can best benefit from including them in your weight loss program.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon serves as an excellent inclusion to your weight loss regimen for it helps you lose weight in several ways. Cinnamon slows down the emptying of your stomach thus giving you an ongoing feeling of fullness. This helps prevent hunger pangs.

Cinnamon improves blood sugar metabolism which means your body will more readily break down sugars to serve as fuel for your energy needs. This means your body will have less unused blood sugar to store as body fat.

As cinnamon is a natural antibiotic, gut health will improve through adding cinnamon to your diet as it reduces the number of bad bacteria in the gut. A specific type of bacteria known as clostridium difficile has been found to be a contributory factor in causing obesity. The active component of cinnamon, which is called trans-cinnamaldehyde, can help get reduce these types of bad bacteria.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne is known for its compound named capsaicin. Capsaicin has the ability to fight obesity by helping the body reduce fat tissues and lower levels of blood fats. It also triggers protein changes in the body that results in reduced fat buildup.

Its thermogenic effect provides heat that allows the body to burn more fats as fuel. Research shows that a consumption of foods that have a thermogenic effect can help boost the body’s metabolism up to 5%. It also improves the body’s fat-burning ability up to 16%. 

Capsaicin has been found helpful in counteracting the tendency for metabolism to slow down during the weight loss process. It assists in achieving steady and healthy weight loss over time.

Ginger

Ginger is beneficial for improving a person’s digestive system as it regulates the movement of food from the stomach to the intestines. Ginger helps promote feelings of satiety which decreases the urge to binge. These actions are highly effective in helping a person to lose weight gradually and naturally.

Ginger is also a natural appetite suppressant which makes it an added boon for individuals wanting to lose weight.

Ginger contains vitamin C which is an antioxidant. As such it aids in detoxification, helps improve the body’s ability to eliminate wastes and works to prevent fluid retention.

Add ginger to your shopping list as this is one herb for weight loss you don’t want to be without. As well as adding ginger to your cooking you may even enjoy eating a piece of fresh ginger on its own.

Turmeric

Turmeric is used for many health issues, including unwanted weight gain and high cholesterol levels. These two problems are usually found in conjunction. Turmeric has lipid lowering properties which means it can be helpful for lowering bad cholesterol levels.

Similar to capsaicin, turmeric has a thermogenic effect which promotes fat burning. The curcumin content of turmeric also has anti-angiogenic properties that lead to a reduction of fat mass while inhibiting the growth of fat tissues.

 

 

 

Adding Beneficial Herbs to Your Diet

After reading about these different herbs, have you decided what you are having for dinner tonight?

Whatever you do, don’t think that cinnamon laden donuts are an item you can add to the list. It’s all about the foods you start with and the herbs added to those foods. Think healthy first and then add your desired herbs for improved weight loss.