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)