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Fat Burning Spices — Dave “The Metabolic Cook” Ruel Shares His Top Five Spices To Accelerate Fat Loss

Written by shapeshifter

What if we told you that eating for fat loss does NOT have to be boring? You’d think we were crazy, right? Not just “Ryan’s a bit maladjusted” crazy, but full on delusional?

If you believe the hype, then by definition “diet food” has to suck. That’s just the way it is. Endless platters of celery sticks, bowls of steamed chicken, canned tuna by the forkful and, if you’re lucky, the odd rice cake every now and then. That’s dieting, right?


Very few people can sustain that kind of dull cardboard lifestyle for long. But you don’t have to. Losing fat is NOT about eating boring food. BUT you will have to learn some kitchen skills if you want to make foods that both flatter your waistline AND tantalize your taste buds.

One of the easiest places to start is with spices. And you don’t need to memorize the 600 page Bible Of Spices And Herbs to make magic happen in the kitchen, either. In fact, mastering a mere handful of spices will give all your dishes a kick, and it’ll make your friends and family think you studied at the Cordon Bleu…

So, spices make your food taste better. But did you know that certain spices also give an extra kick to your fat burning furnace? That’s right… certain spices have been shown to raise metabolism, or to aid fat loss through other mechanisms like improved gut health.

Can’t stand the heat? Well get the heck outta the kitchen!!!

(Oh jeez. Ryan just left. He only goes in the kitchen to grab ice for his cocktail shaker anyway…)

So yeah, spices. Where should you start?

We’ve asked our buddy Dave to share his favourite fat burning spices with you. Dave’s the author of Anabolic Cooking, a cookbook that even the “TV Dinner Dad” could follow. It seriously is that easy.

We’re also hounding Dave for a pre-release copy of his brand new product, Metabolic Cooking, which is devoted solely to recipes designed for fat loss. (C’mon Dave, send us the damned thing!)

Anyhow, without further ado…

Dave Ruel’s Top 5 Fat Burning Spices

Here’s how Dave explains the power of these metabolism boosting spices…

Black pepper is the first of these spices to get a mention and some studies give the figure of 8% metabolic increase after consumption. Black pepper also stimulates gastric secretions and helps alleviate wind and constipation. Throw into the mix the ability of black pepper to aid your nutrient uptake and this proves itself nicely as a great way to spice up your meals.

Turmeric is a hot and yellow spice that packs a health punch too. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation and of course, help reduce fat. Turmeric contains curcumin which reduces the storage of fat tissue and blocks weight gain. Turmeric can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes too – so it’s more than just a little weight loss boost.

Cinnamon is the next in this impressive line-up and this can also reduce your blood sugar level. Cinnamon is great for your immune system and also promotes a healthy digestive system. A well-running digestive tract is essential for removing toxins and helping you to lose weight. Efficient digestion will rid your body of waste produce and clear your toxins away. There are also some people who claim that cinnamon reduces their appetite too – and you hardly need to count its calories either.

Ginger can work its wonders in your digestive system too and acts as a handy metabolism booster along the way. It reduces feelings of nausea and vomiting, increases stomach PH and eases gastric secretions.

Cayenne pepper is powerful, not only by its taste either. Just a tiny amount of the substance can raise your metabolism quite significantly; some have even estimated as much as a 25% metabolic increase as a result of cayenne pepper consumption. Cayenne pepper brings all of those nasty toxins to the surface of the blood too and thus helps them to be carried out of your system.

So there you have it. A set of healthy spices that you can use to add sizzle to your servings, put some spring in your saute, and take the dull dull dull outta dieting.

Give them a try, and let us know how it goes in the comments.

(Oh, and I’ll give a free program to anyone who can convince Ryan to cook something! But remember: I need proof. And mulled wine doesn’t count. -Adam)

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  • Baked kale chips sprinkled with cayenne pepper, sea salt and lime. Highly addictive. Quick and easy to make. Recipes online.

    • Dave’s got a big surprise coming… 🙂
      No longer will his recipes lean only towards the “muscle building” spectrum. Wait and see.

    • Thanks BW 🙂 I do have a bodybuilding background but I do work with a lot of people for fat loss as well.
      Also, my girlfriend Karine has done a great job designing awesome fat loss recipes with me over the past year.


    • Hey Rich,
      Next time, could you not use all-caps in your comment. It makes it seem like you’re screaming at us… 🙂
      There’s no contradiction between the application of cold and the use of spices. Both are being used in the hopes of increasing metabolism through “thermodynamics” (giving off heat). The spices tend to make you throw off more heat. The cold forces your body to generate more heat to keep warm. Cold therapy may also increase the amount or activity of brown fat which is highly metabolic.

  • Great info Adam! I regularly cook with all of those. Must put more black pepper in hubby’s food… 😀

    Re: Turmeric being good for inflammation – it is also great for getting rid of boils and abscesses, both taken as a tonic and applied as a paste.

    How about chili peppers? I use a lot in my cooking, especially Thai food. I have an awesome recipe for green papaya salad… can post it if anyone wants it?

    And Ryan, I’ve got a fantastic quick and easy recipe for that Udon Noodle soup you spoke of a while ago to cure hangovers… Keen?? 😀

  • OK, here they are…

    Thai Green Papaya Salad

    This salad is amazing – you can add increase or decrease ingredients according to your taste.

    1 cup of grated green papaya
    1 grated carrot
    2-3 cloves garlic
    2-3 red or green chili
    1 tbsp palm sugar
    a few chopped snake beans
    half a lemon (skin on) chopped
    a couple of cherry tomatoes chopped
    2 spring onions chopped
    1/2 tsp shrimp paste
    2 tbsp dried shrimp/crab
    2 tbsp lime juice
    1 tbsp fish sauce

    Basically, put the garlic, chili, and sugar in a large mortar, and pound and stir with the pestle. Slowly add the other ingredients and keep pounding with the mortar and tossing with a spoon until mixed. Enjoy!

    And… Chicken & Udon Noodle Soup

    1 L Light chicken stock or instant Dashi
    250 g raw chicken breasts shredded
    2 tsp Rice wine or sake
    2cm piece of Ginger bashed but still in one piece
    1/4 cup mirin sweetened rice wine
    5 tablespoons Japanese Soy sauce
    250 g Sugar Snap peas cut in 2 . Tailed, stringy bits removed
    4 spring onions sliced at an angle

    Place the shredded chicken into a bowl with the rice wine and ginger, toss lightly to coat.
    Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, drop in the udon and stir to prevent them sticking. Bring back to the boil and cook for 3-5 mins, until just tender.
    Drain in a colander and rinse under warm water, still in the colander.
    Divide the noodles between the serving bowls.
    Pour the stock (or dashi), the mirin and the soy sauce into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
    Add the chicken and cook for just 2 mins, skimming any impurities from the surface.
    Add the sugar snaps and continue to cook for 1 more minute or until the chicken and sugar snaps are just cooked. Taste for seasoning, add soy sauce.

    Ladle the broth with some chicken and sugar snaps over the udon in the bowls and sprinkle with some sliced spring onions to serve. Enjoy!

  • Hello. I am Viola Pressley and I would like to leave my comment stating that the use of the listed herbs “works”. I have been a member of Herbal Life where I take my products daily and I have been reading up on herbs/spices that burn fat and speed up metabolism, as well as aiding in good health. I can feel and see the difference in my body. I have been putting cinnamon in my good and in a beverage. I have bought Turmeric which I put in my food and I have also added some of the powder to a glass of water with juice squeezed from a lemon. I love the difference I see in myself.

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