Please give a warm welcome my dear friend Cinnamon. Touted for its thermogenic and metabolic boosting properties, cinnamon should be a staple in your pantry when looking to shed some fat. Say hi to your new go to spice with these 3 ways that cinnamon can boost your fat loss:
Controls Blood Sugar Levels
Let’s begin first with exactly what blood sugar levels and insulin are. Blood sugar levels reflect how much glucose (sugar) is found in your blood stream, measured in milligrams (mg). These levels ebb and flow throughout the day based on physical exertion and the food we put into our bodies.
If our blood sugar levels become too high a hormone called insulin is released to reign back the amount of sugar rushing around in our blood. The body releases insulin to protect itself from disease or illness. When the body lacks efficient insulin response, blood sugar levels remain high, which can result in stored energy (AKA fat) and the possibility of developing diabetes.
Now back to our old mate cinnamon. This delicious spice has the ability to mimic the insulin response in the body and keep blood sugar levels stables, meaning less 3pm hunger pangs for a sugary pick-me-up and in turn reduced body fat!
Increases Metabolism of carbs (sugars)
Metabolism refers to how much energy our bodies use to perform basic functions such as breathing and digestion, also known as “stayin’ alive”. Our metabolism decides how fast we want to burn through the energy we provide it (food). You see your metabolism is strongly defined by genetics, weight, age, gender and lifestyle, but don’t be disheartened because our dear friend cinnamon can twist metabolism’s arm and negotiate a sweet calorie burning deal.
Cinnamon itself, is a little difficult for the body to digest, so when consumed our bodies need to work over-time to break the spice down. This process produces heat (thermogenesis) and torches calories. An increased metabolic burn means the food you have just consumed is likely to be utilised by the body immediately for energy and not stored as fat.
This occurs in two ways. The first is that cinnamon slows the emptying of the stomach, making you feel fuller for longer. A reduction in the stomach’s emptying process amounts to a reduction in blood sugar peaks and troughs and a decrease in you chomping away to try and find more energy!
Another way cinnamon suppresses appetite is through its sweet taste. Half a teaspoon is all it takes to produce that satiating feeling during one of those ‘sweet tooth’ moments, so you can say bye-bye cookie jar snacking and visceral fat and hello to a happier, healthier waist line! Pair some cinnamon with coconut oil and almonds for a crave-busting treat!
How can I include this miracle spice in my life I hear you ask? Simples…
- Put a dash in your smoothie
- Sprinkle it over your quinoa porridge or yoghurt
- Add it to some roast pumpkin and sweet potato before baking
- Banana, rice malt syrup toast sprinkled with cinnamon
- Add it to your morning coffee, latte or chai tea
- Snort it. Just joking (please don’t take that literally and just purchase it in capsule form) but seriously make sure you get it in your body!
Just watch your chops with this spice though because high consumption levels can lead to adverse affects. Too much of a good thing isn’t all that good.
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