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CHERYL A. MAJOR: Want to Jump-Start Your Metabolism Using Spices?


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Want to Jump-Start Your Metabolism Using Spices?

Speeding up your metabolism will help take weight off, and it will also help keep it off. While it’s true some people are born with a faster metabolism than others, just because you might not be one of those faster metabolism people doesn’t mean you can’t convince your metabolism to work faster by making good food choices! As a matter of fact, just adding three spices to your meals can jump-start your metabolism and can help you work toward maintaining a healthy weight.

The foods you use to fuel your body are really key to making it work right, so try including these three spices in your diet on a regular basis.


Increased blood sugar can cause excess fat to be stored. Cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar, making it easier to maintain or lose weight. It actually takes extra energy to metabolize cinnamon, so this allows you to boost your metabolism; it helps you burn calories faster and makes it easier to lose weight!

Cinnamon has also been known to be an appetite suppressant. It slows down the process of moving food through your stomach and helps you feel fuller longer. All cinnamon is not created equal however, and you want to use Saigon Cinnamon for the best health advantages.

Try sprinkling some cinnamon over your oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit, or sprinkle some in your tea, coffee, juice, or in a protein shake.

Cayenne Pepper

Spice it up to jump-start your metabolism! Spicy foods have a natural chemical that causes your body to burn more energy. By making your temperature rise with the heat, your body burns more calories while it works to cool down from all that heat. Keep in mind, however, that as your body becomes accustomed to the heat, it’s going to take even more heat to have this cool-down effect take place.

Add cayenne powder to soups or stews in small amounts to start to give your metabolism that jump-start. Just a pinch of cayenne pepper has been shown to increase your metabolism by up to 25% for three hours after you eat it, and it will also help curb your hunger. If you learn to eat the right foods, it’s not so challenging to get your metabolism going and the pounds to melt off.


Garlic isn’t just for warding off the vampires. Garlic is great at warding off the fat, too. It increases the number of calories you burn each day and decreases the production of fat. With the ability to decrease production of fat, this also helps regulate cholesterol, so a lot of health benefits come from using garlic to spice up your foods.

Garlic also works similarly to pepper when it comes to speeding up the metabolism in that the body has to work harder to cool down after having garlic.

Mince up some garlic and add it to sauces. Begin your meal preparation with a basic mixture of lightly sautéed garlic, onions and mushrooms; then add spinach and your protein for a great, healthy main dish. For a treat, add some minced garlic to melted butter and spread on whole grain bread or mix it with mashed sweet potatoes and start burning calories faster.

It’s not difficult to amp-up your metabolism without having to work very hard. Eat a healthy diet which includes these three spices, and you’ll be off to a great start!

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!

Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show Thin Strong Healthy airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com   Cheryl offers ongoing information and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier. Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor. She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience.

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