Certain foods and natural substances can enhance your fat-burning abilities, boost your metabolism and help with water retention.
Make sure to include these foods in your diet. They may help your weight loss efforts.
1. Cayenne Pepper
There might be something to that lemon and Cayenne pepper detox. However, you don’t have to go to such extremes to get the health benefits of the spice. Cayenne pepper causes our body temperature to rise. This creates a metabolic boost thus helping with weight loss.
Research has shown that ginseng can strengthen your immune system, improve memory and lower cholesterol. You’ll also burn more calories each day because it revs up your metabolism. It will also give you an energy boost, so you’ll be able to exercise for longer.
Vinegar contains acetic acid, which is what’s responsible for it’s sour taste. It increases thermogenesis. Vinegar is also known to activate certain genes in our bodies that can limit the amount of fat stored around our waistlines as they ensure that fat is evenly distributed around our bodies.
Cinnamon not only tastes great in your smoothie or protein cookies, but also has a number of health benefits. It can be used to cure diarrhea, indigestion and bloating. Cinnamon is also great for lowering blood sugar levels and bad cholesterol. When you consume cinnamon your body tries to break it down through a chemical reaction. This process boosts your metabolic rate due to the rise in body temperature.
Ginger has always been used by Asian and Indian cultures to treat motion sickness, upset stomachs, respiratory tract infections, migraine headaches and rheumatic disorders. There is no direct evidence that proves ginger promotes weight loss, but anecdotal evidence suggests that ginger might indirectly promote weight loss through the loss of water weight because it causes frequent urination.
6. Chilli Peppers
It is no secret that when you eat hot foods such as curries and spices, your body heat rises. This subsequently causes a rise in your metabolic rate as your body works to return itself to a state of homeostasis. Chilli peppers that contain capsaicin are most efficient at causing the rise in body heat. Capsaicin also stimulates receptors in our central nervous system (the sensory neurons), which creates a heat-producing effect. This whole process is known as diet-induced thermogenesis and it burns calories instead of storing them as fat.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.