This is the final post in this six-part series on foods that burn fat. When eating for healthy weight loss, herbs and spices are likely the   last food you think of. But many herbs and spices have similar fat burning effects to other foods – they may act as a diuretic, stabilize the blood-sugar or energize, detoxify, or heat-up the body. Herbs and spices also have other advantages for use in weight loss – they are low in calories, high in nutrients, easy to store and relatively inexpensive.

When choosing herbs or spices for healthy weight loss, stick to the ones you normally keep in your kitchen for cooking. There are some herbs, such as ephedra, which although good fat burners have dangerous, sometimes fatal, side effects. With so many safe weight loss herbs and spices and other foods you can eat to lose weight, it is not worth risking your life or health by taking ephedra. You may want a body that’s drop dead gorgeous, but don’t you be the one that drops dead.

Unless otherwise noted, the weight loss herbs and spices below should be used liberally every other day.

Cayenne pepper stimulates the metabolism by about 20 percent, and may cause intense sweating.  Besides being a weight loss herb it also has a high content of vitamins, especially vitamin E.  Use it in moderation

Cinnamon causes weight loss by heating up the body and stabilizing blood sugar by making cells more responsive to insulin.  It also prevents unwanted blood clotting, and stops Candida.  Use a half to one teaspoon of cinnamon every other day.

Cloves are one of the thermogenic weight loss herbs and spices, blasting up  the metabolic furnace and stimulating digestion.  Use sparingly as they are strong tasting.

Use an eighth to a quarter of a teaspoon of cloves three times a week.

Cumin is a popular spice around the world.  The seeds are high in potassium, protein, iron and thiamine, and are potent antioxidants that enhance cumin’s ability to detoxify the liver and stimulate weight loss.

Mustard is a useful thermogenic weight loss herb that boosts the metabolic rate by almost 25 percent. High in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, mustard is best bought as a powder. Prepared mustard is three times less effective than the powder as a weight loss agent.

Garlic both energizes and detoxifies the body and stabilizes blood sugar.  It is a powerful cholesterol zapper, and contains more than 100 biologically useful chemicals including trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids and fibre.  It is an excellent weight loss herb, and also fights cancer and heart disease, lowers blood pressure and acts as an antibiotic and anti-fungal.

Eat two to six garlic cloves every other day. If you have a bleeding disorder or take anticoagulant medicine, check with your doctor before taking garlic.

When eating for healthy weight loss, using  foods that burn fat will help you reach your goal  faster.  Herbs and spices are fat burning foods that add zing to your diet and have other health benefits besides promoting weight loss.

photo credits: spices by exfoody; cloves by elenadan

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