There are herbs, spices, plant foods, supplements, and more scientifically proven to help you lose weight. That’s good news for all the health-conscious people out there who want an all-natural aid to weight loss.
When diet and exercise don’t seem like they’re working fast enough, an herbal supplemental aid can be just the thing to get things going just a little bit faster.
What’s even better is that herbs and spices can be added to the delicious meals you’re eating to help you lose weight without any extra effort. If you’ve already altered your diet to help you lose weight, you can just start adding herbs and spices to your dishes to give them that extra weight loss-enhancing boost.
They’re an excellent way to add flavor without all the calories, sugar, sodium, and other gunk that comes with fatty, sugary sauces. Research has proven that if you don’t like what you eat, you’re not as likely to stick to your diet. That’s why it’s so essential you get comfortable and familiar with herbs and spices that add flavor, boost weight loss, and taste delicious.
Ginseng grows all over East Asia – in China, Bhutan, Korea, and eastern Siberia. It even grows in North America. The Chinese have used ginseng as a powerful medicinal tool for millennia.
Scientific studies have shown that it is useful for dealing with stress, diabetes, blood sugar issues, and high cholesterol. Stress, high cholesterol, and blood sugar issues contribute to weight gain and bad health.
Ginseng is also a metabolism booster, and it gives you energy to keep moving during the day. Having a little ginseng tea in the morning might be just the thing to give you that little pep in your step and balance out your body.
You can add natural sweeteners or other flavorings for taste. Ginseng is an adaptogen. Adaptogens help your body adapt to stress and normalize bodily processes. If you’re stressed out, overweight, and having bodily issues, ginseng might be just the herb for you.
2. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is an extremely healthy addition to your diet, and it can be considered an essential and life-saving part of your diet if you have any kind of heart or stomach issues.
While it sounds counterproductive, cayenne pepper is fantastic if taken to treat a stomach ulcer in moderate quantities – yes, it can get rid of an ulcer when regular treatments haven’t worked. But in moderate quantities. Cayenne pepper can also be taken to slow the onset of a heart attack if you feel your chest getting tight.
Technically, cayenne pepper is a variety of the capsicum pepper and can most often be bought in dried, powdered form. Use sparingly as it can turn a dish into something extremely spicy – its bright red tinge should be enough of an indication! But it can also help you lose weight and speed up your metabolism: You should add it to your diet.
Mustard is a wonderful spice if you’re looking to lose weight – and you can’t make a proper pork roast without it; yes, that’s the traditional German way to approach a large piece of pork that’s been glazed and stuck in the oven: Usually with a pineapple glaze.
(As a general tip, pineapple juices and pieces naturally tenderize meat – hence its use in marinades and roasts. Mustard as a condiment is made from the seeds of the mustard plant – which gives it its tangy taste.
(You can also usually buy mustard in a powdered or ready-made form, and usually also in mild and tangy forms.) They’re a great addition to sandwiches as well and can be used as a flavoring, sparingly, to most dishes to add something new and interesting to it.
Mustard is also a great way to speed up your metabolism – and subsequently, shake the weight that’s been holding you back.
4. Black pepper
Pepper comes in more forms than just the red and black pepper that most people are familiar with – first off, we’ll remind you that there are other forms of pepper too, including red.
(You can usually find lots of these in your spice or health food aisle, and sometimes you can even mix them together for an interesting new flavor to your food; every pepper tastes differently.) Black pepper is well-known for improving heart health and metabolism and consumed liberally it can have a positive impact on your immune system and dental health, too.
Pepper is a very powerful disinfectant. Ideally, you want to buy it in peppercorn form and ground it for use – that way, the oils are released into the food for the best, richest flavor. In powdered form, this spice can dry out and give you some of the flavors but none of the really good stuff.
Cinnamon is one of the only spices that we derive from the bark of a tree instead of from leaves or seeds of a plant; that’s why it’s so damned dry and why your lungs and throat react the way they do if you inhale it accidentally.
(That also happens to be the reason why the cinnamon challenge that gained popularity on the internet some years ago was so dangerous – and is still deadly and extremely stupid at the same time!) Cinnamon is something that’s great to put in a drink, in a stew or in many desserts:
Who doesn’t love custard that’s topped with some cinnamon, or pancakes with some cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the warm top? Cinnamon can also be used for many other things – and this would be the time to tell you that cinnamon is extremely healthy for you, too and can help you to lose weight.
Ginger is a root with a little bit of spice to it, one that is almost similar to horse-radish. The first use some people think of for ginger is its use in ginger cookies; for other people, they think of a steaming drink with ginger in it – in some parts of the world, a drink with turmeric and ginger steeped in milk is a traditional remedy for the flu.
Ginger also has many potential uses in the food and can give an entirely new flavor to a sauce, marinade or an entire dish. Ginger can be purchased in already-processed powders or pastes, or as a root; dry powders should be used with caution as it can be extremely strong.
Ginger is known for helping with stomach upsets and it can also speed up the metabolism, helping you to lose weight. And ginger is extremely versatile. Be sure to buy fresher roots rather than older, dried out ones.
7. Green tea
Green tea is a very acquired taste for some – but it’s not outright unpleasant, and it can be turned into both a hot drink or had as an iced-tea instead: Be as liberal with the sugar and the milk as your diet allows for – here you can replace the milk with soy, or omit it entirely if you feel like it.
There are also more health-conscious options for replacing sugar, including stevia – which has been a natural remedy and sweetened among indigenous peoples of the world for centuries. Green tea is also an ingredient in many shakes and supplements that can add to your health:
It’s a fantastic antioxidant and great to take if you want to detox your body in the long-term. If you really can’t stand the taste, still consider switching to tea rather than coffee. You are, after all, doing this for the benefit of your health.
If you’ve never heard of chickweed before, its scientific name is Stellaria media – also known as chickweed, or common chickweed. Sometimes it’s also referred to as winterweed or crashes – though mostly, you can just worry about it being called common chickweed when you’re asking for it in the grocery store.
It’s already a plant that can be found in many gardens across the world, and it can be used as a vegetable in salads, and it is also known for its uses in traditional herbal medicine: It is extremely high in iron, and can be taken by anyone who suffers from a severe iron deficiency.
It also happens to be great to add to your healthy weight loss routine – including for your health. You should know that chickweed can be toxic to some animals – but in such large quantities that you don’t usually have to worry about it if it’s in your garden.
Turmeric is better known as the bright yellow spice that gives the color to curries and some bright stews: It can usually be purchased in dried and powdered form, and you should instantly be able to identify it by its bright color.
When working with it, be cautioned that turmeric stains like nothing you’ve ever seen – spill any of it on a counter and you want to wipe it off immediately and rinse whatever you used to wipe it off with. Turmeric stains will never come out of plastic, so remember this if you store a turmeric-high food in a plastic bowl for later.
Turmeric is great for upping your general immune system, and it can usually be used in a drink too, or just added to your food. You should always have some of it in your cupboard, even if you don’t plan on making a curry right away.
China and India are the world’s top producers of most of the world’s cumin – and they also happen to be the world’s top consumers of cumin too. Cumin is another spice which gives flavor to many curries, and its also traditionally used in cheese
It’s well known as a traditional remedy for a range of ailments, including being able to aid you with digestion – which is extremely helpful if you are trying to lose weight.
Cumin as a spice can be purchased most often in the ground and powdered form and used sparingly in dishes to give it some flavor. You can also usually buy whole seeds and crush them yourself – which some might prefer for the freshness of the seeds. Cumin oil can also be purchased as an essential oil – but remember that its use isn’t for food, essential oils are meant to be mixed into products you apply topically!