Having an awesome nutrition plan and workout regimen are major keys for weight loss but after you take care of the fundamentals you’re also going to have to look to add small changes to aggregate and amplify your results.
There are some foods, herbs and spices that can help assist you in your weight loss journey. One of these weight loss aids is cinnamon. Using cinnamon for weight loss is a little trick that I like to tell my clients to help add some spice to bland foods and to also help them drop some fat.
There are many benefits of cinnamon for weight loss. One of them is its unique ability to imitate the activity of insulin in the body.
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Insulin is the chemical that helps your body regulate its levels of blood sugar (glucose). increased blood sugar levels can be problematic because they cause excess fat to be stored, making it harder for people to maintain or lose weight.
Cinnamon helps regulate your levels so this excess fat does not build up. Maintaining a regulated blood sugar level is important for weight loss.
Cinnamon can help do this by controlling insulin quantities as well as directly act on the blood sugar itself. A research study published in Diabetes Care found that cinnamon could be used to reduce the glycemic index of your meal by 18-29%
Eating lower glycemic foods is important to avoiding spikes in your blood sugar levels.
The study found 3g and 6g of cinnamon daily were adequate amounts to see weight loss results. Since cinnamon weights 2.8g per teaspoon that’s going to be 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons that should be taken daily.
The consumption of cinnamon itself, also causes a metabolic reaction. Similar to when you eat hot peppers, the presence of the cinnamon in your body allows your metabolism to speed up just because it takes a little extra energy to metabolize.
This boost in metabolism allows you to burn more calories and assists with weight loss in this way.
Incorporating a teaspoon of cinnamon in your diet will also help reduce your appetite. Cinnamon delays the passing of food from the stomach to the intestine, keeping you satiated for longer time. Thus prevents overeating.
Cinnamon helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently, assisting you to lose weight. According to the studies, abdominal fat is more sensitive to the effects of cinnamon than other parts of the body. Thus, regular consumption of cinnamon can help you get a slim tummy.
Cinnamon also has digestive benefits.
Regular consumption of cinnamon encourages the digestive system to function in a proper way. It soothes and calms the stomach and intestines, improving the colon function by reducing gas and relieving the flatulence.
It also helps to relieve diarrhea, nausea and constipation. This helps to flush out the accumulated toxins from the body, aiding in weight loss.
Apart from all the above mentioned benefits cinnamon may also help to improve the signs of metabolic syndrome. It reduces the triglycerides, cholesterol and LDL levels in the blood.
Cinnamon is a great tool to keep in mind and is pretty easy to integrate into your diet, as you only need a teaspoon per day to see a difference over time. Keep in mind that the best weight loss methods always incorporate a balanced diet and exercise program, but this spice can be help you along your way.
How to use cinnamon in your diet
For breakfast, You can add a teaspoon of cinnamon to your breakfast cereal, or oatmeal. Alternatively, you can just sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on your toast, or add this spice to your favorite herbal tea.
For snacking, you can add this spice to apple, apple sauce, protein shake, Greek yogurt etc… I personally like to sprinkle my sweet potatoes with cinnamon.
Finally, if you prefer, you can take it as a supplement