Spice it up for fat loss!

It is one of the most overlooked, but healthiest spices in the world…You might even call it a “fat burning spice”… in a roundabout
way.  Yes, it can actually help you win the battle against abdominal fat if you use it daily…I’ll explain why.

This miracle spice has many other benefits too:

  • controls blood sugar levels
  • helps maintain insulin sensitivity
  • a very powerful antioxidant
  • may have antibacterial and antifungal properties

and dozens of other benefits too numerous to mention here.

So what is this miracle spice?

Well… it’s good old tasty Cinnamon!

Spice with benefits!

Although cinnamon does not directly increase fat burning (such as by increasing metabolic rate, etc), it CAN actually help you to burn off abdominal fat and get leaner by an indirect link.

Cinnamon has dozens of health benefits.  The main benefit that will help you to get leaner is through its strong influence on controlling blood sugar levels in your body.

Here comes the science (and my geeky side…I know you probably didn’t know I had one.)

In a study published in 2003 in the medical journal Diabetes Care, groups were split into people taking 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon per day in capsule form (the equivalent of approx 1/4th to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon).

The results of the study showed that all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose levels by 18-29% after 40 days.

Cinnamon can also increase insulin sensitivity, which essentially means that it is helping your body to control blood sugar while simultaneously allowing your body to require less production of insulin.

Chronically high insulin levels overtime can make your body pack on the pounds.

How can you harness this magic to help you lose more fat?

To benefit from cinnamon and allow it to assist you with greater fat loss potential is to use it daily in your meals wherever you can find a taste for it.  Some popular ideas are in yogurt or cottage cheese, smoothies, oatmeal, or anything else you can think of where it would go well. Some people consider cinnamon an acquired taste so if you are not a fan of the flavour, you could use a cinnamon capsule before each of your meals. (I put it in most of my shakes too.)

Using it either to assist with added flavour in your meals or as a capsule with your meals can help to control blood sugar and insulin response from your meals and thereby control your appetite and cravings throughout the day… hence, helping you to lose body fat more effectively over time.

So now you can see that not only is cinnamon a powerful antioxidant that can help you stay youthful longer, it can also help you to control blood sugar and get a leaner body!

DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!

So, how do you use cinnamon? Let me know.  Have a fav recipe you use that has cinnamon in it? Share it with readers.

Like I said; shakes, oatmeal, smoothies, etc, are all great options for adding cinnamon as part of your nutritional plan…This is not. –>

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  1. I love cinnamon in my vanilla protein shake! I also like to add cinnamon to unsweetened apple sauce with walnuts – as good as apple pie! 🙂

  2. Well, I wasn’t thinking of those gorgeous cinnamon rolls until I scrolled to the picture!

    Good sugestion Amy – love apple sauce. Cinnamon teas are a nice in the afternoon and you can also tip a little cinnamon on your coffee grounds when you brew your morning coffee.

    About spices — my sister’s father-in-law suffered from Guillain Barre Syndrome – twice. He just about lost his fight the last time and attributes his remarkable recovery to the healing properties of cayenne pepper. He makes a topical salve to help with join pain and brews a tea he drinks every day (so does my Mom). This tea is definitely an acquired taste. I pick cinnamon as my healing spice of choice!!!!!

  3. Love cinnamon in all of my protein shakes, chocolate or vanilla. It’s also nice in sugar free rice pudding and of course Oatmeal!

    I will have to try Amy’s idea with the unsweetened applesauce, walnuts and cinnamon….sounds delish!

  4. After many shake suggestions from my bootcamp gals, it is one of my favourite choices.
    However, I think I am running out – I will have to get one of my personal shoppers to pick me up some. Ha.
    Will definitely try it in the apple sauce as well.

  5. Cinnamon goes well with meats as well as sweets! I like to add cinnamon and nutmeg to my stir fries or sprinkle on my baked chicken. Even white turkey meat loaf!!

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