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Weight Loss Resources - Herbs and Spices That Can Improve Weight Loss And How They Work

Updated on June 25, 2014

Facts About Weight Loss Teas, Herbs and Spices

You may have seen the posts about cinnamon, lemon, honey or turmeric as being awesome weight loss teas and spices. You may even have tried one of them. They worked for a lot of people but they may not have worked for you.

You may feel like someone out there is picking on you and that there is maybe something wrong with you. The truth is that the universe hasn't singled you out as the only person on the planet who can't lose a few pounds. Cinnamon tea, or lemon and honey or even turmeric tea do help for weight loss - if you have the particular symptom that they cure that is.

You see, there are a number of factors and reasons for weight loss or the lack thereof. The bad news is that we are all truly individual, and your diet and weight loss needs are therefore also unique to you. The great news is that you can work out what you need by paying attention to the symptoms you have. These symptoms will tell you if you need spices to combat insulin resistance or whether your are suffering from Leptin resistance or perhaps even toxic build-up.

Beets Combat Toxins

Beets Combat Toxins
Beets Combat Toxins

Factors that Affect Weight Loss

So what factors affect weight loss and what herbs, spices and teas can you use to combat those factors? The most common factors that stop you from losing weight, even though you are doing everything else right, are:

  1. Insulin Resistance
  2. Leptin Resistance
  3. Toxic build-up or toxicity
  4. Hypothyroid or slow metabolism
  5. Dehydration

The thing about these factors is that they are specific. Take for example a sinus headache. If you have a sinus headache and you take medication for a migraine, the medication won't work. It's not because there is anything wrong with the medication or with you for that matter, it's just the wrong medication for the wrong type of headache.

And herbs and spices are just natural forms of medications. So if you are suffering from insulin resistance for example and you decide to add mustard because mustard helps weight loss, then it may not work because mustard really helps to combat slow metabolism and not really insulin resistance.

What you need to ensure healthy weight loss is to pay attention to your symptoms and then use herbs and spices and foods to help combat your specific symptoms. And your body and its symptoms change over time, so you need to keep paying attention. As we age our bodies change and the requirements change. Paying attention to what you body is really telling you is the key to weight loss and long term health and well-being.

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Symptoms of Factors that Affect Weight Loss

So now that we have an idea of the main factors that affect weight loss, what symptoms can we look for to see if we suffer from any of these?

1.Insulin Resistance - Cells become resistant to insulin and blood sugar levels go crazy

  • Brain Fogginess, Gas/Bloating, Depression, High Blood Sugar, Sleepy after eating, High cholesterol, Sugar/Carb Cravings, High blood pressure,Constant thirst.

If you suffer from two or more of these then you should look at the foods, herbs and spices that combat insulin resistance to add some of those to your diet.

2. Leptin Resistance - The body refuses to burn fat but goes into storing mode

  • Battle to lose weight, Late night cravings, Thyroid Problems, Sugar/Carb Cravings, Stubborn stomach fat, Fatigue

3. Toxins and Toxic Build-up - The liver can't cope with toxins and therefore cannot detoxify the system or use glucose for energy. It begins to store fat and creates fatty liver disease

  • Sluggish/Lethargic, Joint pains, Bad breath, Fuzzy Brain function, Inflammation, Strange body odour, Headaches, Wake up tired, Gas / Bloating, Indigestion, Constipation, Acne/Skin problems, Mood Swings, Stomach Cramps

4. Dehydration - All metabolic reactions require water. A lack of water therefore slows down the metabolism and slows down your weight loss efforts

  • Constant thirst, Headaches, Stomach Cramps, Dry skin, Constipation, Fatigue, Dry/Chapped lips, Dizziness, Kidney pain, Dark coloured Urine

5. Slow Metabolism - The metabolism is overburdened and slows down due to various factors

  • Battle to lose weight, Get cold really easily, Depression, Easily Gain weight, Afternoon Sugar Cravings, Slowed Heart Rate, Cracked Dry Heels, Puffy Face

Remember to add foods in moderation. You can add them in a "Natural" way to your diet. It needs to be a long term consistent change. You didn't pick up weight overnight and you can't expect to lose it overnight either. In fact the body is built to adapt slowly which is a really good thing. Imagine what we'd all look like after Christmas if it was designed to pick up and lose weight overnight!

Spices and Weight Loss

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Cinnamon Combats Insulin Resistance for Weight LossBeets combat Toxins for Weight LossEggs Combat Leptin Resistance
Cinnamon Combats Insulin Resistance for Weight Loss
Cinnamon Combats Insulin Resistance for Weight Loss
Beets combat Toxins for Weight Loss
Beets combat Toxins for Weight Loss
Eggs Combat Leptin Resistance
Eggs Combat Leptin Resistance

Herbs, Spices and Foods to Bust Your Symptoms

If you suffer from two or symptoms in the above lists, then you should probably add some foods, herbs or spices to help the body cope with that particular factor or your weight loss may be impeded by that factor.

Here are the herbs, spices and foods that can help with the individual factors:

Insulin Resistance:
Avoid all sugars as much as possible and limit carbs to 50g per day. Include enough protein in each meal. Include: Apple Cider Vinegar, Avocado, Broccoli, Cinnamon, Eggs, Garlic, Ginger, Grapefruit, Green Tea, Honey, Lentils, Oatmeal, Olive oil, Peanut Butter, Salmon, Tuna, Chicken.

Leptin Resistance:
Include protein with each meal and snack. Avoid high sugar foods and limit carbs to 50g per day. Include: Tuna, Avocado, Olive Oil, Eggs, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Chicken, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, Lemon, Garlic, Ginger, Mustard, Apple Cider Vinegar, Watercress, Green Tea

Toxins:
Avoid processed foods, oatmeal and grains. Include Apple Cider Vinegar, Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cinnamon, Cucumber, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Green Tea, Kale, Lemon, Mint, Mustard, Turmeric, Watercress

Dehydration:
Drink enough water. Include: Water, Cucumber, Bananas, Avocado, Cauliflower

Slow Metabolism:
Get enough oxygen – nose breathing. Include: Beetroot, Black Pepper, Broccoli, Chicken, Cayenne Pepper, Chicken, Cinnamon, Fennel, Green Tea, Low Fat Yoghurt, Mustard, Olive oil, Salmon, Tuna, Watercress

Factors & Foods

Factor
Best Food
Other
Toxins
Beets
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale
Dehydration
Water
Cucumbers
Insulin Resistance
Cinnamon and Avoiding Sugar
Apple Cider Vinegar, Avocado, Broccoli
Leptin Resistance
Eggs
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Garlic, Ginger

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon combats Insulin Resistance
Cinnamon combats Insulin Resistance

Healthy Lifestyle Includes a Healthy Diet

Creating a healthy diet isn't as hard as you may think. Common sense can go a long way to improving your health, weight loss and well-being.

Getting enough rest and learning to reduce and deal with stress as key to a healthy happy life. Eating the right foods and eating real foods - i.e. foods that grow or that are available in nature can also go a long way to helping your body stay healthy.

The truth is that the body is genius and it knows how to keep you healthy. All we really need to do is get out of the way and allow the body to do its job. Help it occasionally with the foods and minerals and nutrients it needs and it will perform like the superstar machine it really is.

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