UPDATED SEPT 2, 2019
I am constantly looking up on herbs and spices and their uses, finding ways to make use of them instead of letting them sit in my pantry or fridge. I found something that I didn’t think of. That was, lose weight with herbs. Would you agree with me that this is the BEST way to lose weight naturally?
Well, read on to find out
- How to lose weight with herbs
- Best spice for weight loss
At the end of this article, let me know if you agree with this being the best way and how you feel about this.
Best herbs and spices for weight loss.
The first 4 are the common cooking herbs and spices that I usually have at home. I bet you do too. I rarely use cumin but I can’t disregard this as it is one of the best spice for weight loss.
Carvacrol, an active component in oregano helps dissolve fat. Additionally, it helps fight depression and stress, two common causes of overeating and weight gain.
Oil of oregano is another substance obtained from the leaves. It is purported to help with digestive health and increase metabolic rate which leads to weight loss.
A simple oregano tea can be made with 3 teaspoons of oregano leaves. Steep them in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
This is a good herb for weight loss when consuming its infusion/tea. Rosemary tea improves gastric and intestinal metabolism. This helps digestion which is essential for weight loss.
Also, as an excellent detoxifier, eliminating harmful substances from the body and accelerate metabolism.
A cup of rosemary tea can be made with 2” sprig of fresh rosemary, steep in hot water for 10 minutes. Add honey to taste and drink.
Drink before meals, as it gives a feeling of fullness and prevents rapid absorption of fats in the body. Also, burns existing fat layer and prevent new layers to form.
This herb has diuretic properties, which helps to detoxify the body. It has the essential oil that stimulates the renal system, helping to eliminate fluids in the body.
Moreover, some of its bio-active compounds improve digestion, stimulating intestinal transit, increasing its cleansing and detoxifying process. Thus, helps shrink the abdomen and have a flat stomach.
Thyme tea can be made with either fresh or dried herb.
Put 2 tablespoons of fresh or 1 tablespoon of dried thyme in 2 cups hot water. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain. Add a few drops of lemon and/or honey to taste and drink.
Curcumin, a substance in turmeric helps weight loss in 3 ways:
- Slows down the division of fat cells in our body making it harder to gain weight.
- Capable of turning ‘bad’ white fat cells into ‘good’ energy-burning brown fat cells.
- Speed up fat metabolism and thus, burn more calories and shed more pounds.
Try adding turmeric to lean meat. It gives the dish an appealing colour and delightful flavour.
Try an earthy turmeric tea that helps to reduce stress too.
Why is cumin one of the best spice for weight loss? How does it help? There are 3 ways:
- Phytosterols, found in cumin helps lower cholesterol and reduce blood sugar. Thus, make weight loss easier and faster.
- Cumin is a rich source of dietary fibre, thus reduces cravings.
- Speed up metabolism.
- Cumin is rich in iron, which is essential for the body’s metabolic function.
- The spiciness of cumin increases body heat, results in fat burning.
Ways to add cumin to your diet:
- Add a pinch of cumin into your scrambled eggs before cooking.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of cumin powder with 5 grams of yoghurt.
Lunch and/or dinner
Add cumin to:
- roasted or sautéed veggies
- marinades, salad dressings or mayonnaise
- soups or stew
Any time of the day
- A cup of cumin tea. Boil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds in 1 glass water for 5 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink.
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Using these common cooking herbs and spices are the best way to lose weight naturally. We know that adding these to the dishes increase the flavour. On the other hand, it decreases the need to add calorie and sodium-containing ingredients that are fat, sugar and salt.
So, would you agree with this method of losing weight? Tell me how you feel about it in the comments section below.
I hope this article gives you another healthy way to utilise your herbs and spices – shedding a few pounds.
Go on, head to your spice rack or herb garden now. Or maybe there is some fresh rosemary still in your fridge? Check it out!
If none, stock up your herbs and spices now.
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