1. Apple Cider Vinegar (Blood Sugar Support)
Apple cider vinegar has a number of uses around the home as well as externally and internally for the body. When you add a teaspoonful to a glass of water you’ll be adding in nutrients that you just wouldn’t get from water alone, and hydrate yourself at the same time. You’ll also be helping to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
The best apple cider vinegar is organic and unpasteurized, and contains “mother of vinegar”. One brand that is highly recommended and easily found locally or online is Braggs.
Why It Works: Monitoring your blood sugar, or at least keeping it in mind when you’re timing your meals is a good way to avoid spikes that can lead to weight gain.
2. Raw Organic Honey (Better Digestion)
There are enzymes and antioxidants in unprocessed honey that are beneficial to the body, but sadly aren’t found in the majority of honey found nationwide. The amount of enzymes in honey that hasn’t been processed is amazing, thousands of different enzymes designed to help the digestive system.
Processed honey, the most commonly found honey, has these enzymes stripped away, and therefore doesn’t provide the same benefit. Be sure the container lists both organic and raw on the label. Although there’s no such thing as organic bees, the fields surrounding the honey production facility will be certified organic.
Why It Works: Keeping your digestive system happy is a major component for losing weight. The digestive enzymes and antioxidants in raw organic honey support the digestive system and the body as a whole, helping you slim down without exerting much effort.
3. Coconut Oil (Suppress Your Appetite)
Coconut oil has several benefits, and when you’re looking to lose weight the most important of these is its ability to help with weight loss. When comparing oils it’s easy to see that coconut oil has more saturated fat than some of the most commonly used oils, but it also contains healthy fats, and the saturated fat it contains is not the same sort of saturated fat found in a cheeseburger.
You can use it in your cooking, or you can take a spoonful directly if you’re looking to hold yourself over between meals. It has a delicious buttery flavor that will make you feel like you’re not even on a weight loss program.
Why It Works: Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that not only help you feel full when you eat it, but go to work increasing your metabolism so that you’ll naturally burn fat.
4. Ginger (Fat Loss)
Ginger is a spice that will help you get rid of fat specifically, not just overall body weight. This is important when trying to hack your weight loss because you want to make sure that it’s fat you’re losing and not simply water weight or muscle mass.
You don’t have to stuff a spoonful of ginger powder or minced ginger in your mouth to get the benefit. Add a teaspoon or a tablespoon to a dish that you’re making and you’ll get the positive effects it entails. It can help spice up a soup or chili, and can even give a smoothie a punch.
Why It Works: Ginger works on the body in two ways, it helps to improve your digestion, which alone will help you lose weight if you’ve struggled with a sluggish digestion. It also acts as a metabolism booster, which means you’ll be burning more calories per hour than before, leading to effortless weight loss.
5. Thyme (Antioxidants and Vitamins)
If it doesn’t taste good, the chances of you taking a spoonful of anything are rather low. In this case, thyme is a seasoning that you can use in your cooking or make into a tea for added weight loss benefits.
Thyme will add plenty of flavor to chicken breast, as well as lean turkey breast. Sprucing up these lean proteins is important, because they’ll help you lose weight as well, and when you combine them with a tasty herb you’ll find it pleasurable eat them, rather than a chore.
Why It Works: Thyme isn’t just a tasty herb, it’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that will help keep the cells of the body protected and able to cope with the stress that comes with losing weight. It’s also a diuretic, which can help release store up water weight and toxins.
6. Turmeric (Antioxidants)
Used in Indian cuisine, turmeric hasn’t gotten much traction in other types of food. It’s easily recognizable by its bright orange-yellow color, and adds its distinct flavor to a meal. It also adds plenty of antioxidants and helps you burn fat.
You can use it as part of your cooking, make it into a tea by adding hot water and stirring until it’s dissolved. But perhaps the easiest way to eat more turmeric is to add it to lean meats, from lean beef to chicken breast. It has the ability not only to give the dish an amazing color, but also a delicious flavor that plays nice with other spices.
Why It Works: Turmeric is one of the lesser-known spices that is effective for weight loss. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, so it will help you ache less and give you more get-up-and-go that results in quick weight loss when combined with a healthy diet.
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