We can use turmeric to promote weight loss by exploiting some properties of this spice, namely the ability to burn fat, aid digestion and keep hunger and glycemic peaks at bay.
Does turmeric make you lose weight? Tips for integrating it into our diet to lose weight and get better
We can use the turmeric to promote weight loss by exploiting some properties of this spice, namely the ability to burn fat, aid digestion and keep the sense of hunger and glycemic peaks at bay.
Turmeric is undoubtedly a spice appreciated above all for its best-known properties: its anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor capacity, its antioxidant power and its pain-relieving effect. Not many know that "the queen of spices" is also useful for promoting weight loss, of course not alone but within a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and the right amount of physical activity.
But what are the properties of turmeric in this sense?
Turmeric, the slimming properties
The slimming properties of turmeric are mainly due to the curcumin content, a substance that really boasts many peculiar characteristics that can also help in weight loss.
- Fat burning: this effect is due to the fact that turmeric acts on fat cells by stimulating the body to use the fats that have accumulated in such a way as to favor their faster disposal.
- Supports the work of the liver: helping this organ in its important purifying tasks is an advantage that turmeric offers which is also useful for slimming purposes. Among the functions of the liver there is in fact that of metabolizing the fats that are assumed with food.
- Promotes digestion and avoids swelling: having a stomach that works well and digests food as well as a healthy intestine are also important factors in maintaining a healthy weight. By improving digestion, you avoid, among other things, fermentation and therefore the unpleasant sensation of intestinal bloating, on the contrary favoring a flat stomach.
- It keeps blood sugar spikes and the sense of hunger at bay: turmeric helps to regulate the sense of satiety and therefore it is useful to include it in your diet when you are following a diet. This is also due to the fact that it keeps blood sugar under control and in this way you avoid the peaks and collapses that trigger fatigue and the desire to eat.
- Anti-inflammatory: the ability of turmeric to lower the level of inflammation in the body is also useful for those who want to lose weight as it has been shown that this inflammatory condition predisposes to obesity and diseases such as type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.
- Helps eliminate excess fluids: one of the problems of those who want to lose weight is the stagnation of fluids inside the body. Turmeric also helps in this regard by promoting its drainage.
Turmeric, how to use it for weight loss
Turmeric can be included in our diet to take advantage of its properties including that of promoting weight loss. In reality, you don't need to do anything special except use it in the right doses and consistently.
Not being part of our food culture, we may have some difficulty finding ways to best enjoy this spice. In reality, it really lends itself to many uses: we can prepare a turmeric herbal tea or the now well-known golden milk, exploit its potential within a mix of spices such as curry or enrich pasta or risotto that thanks to this spice will become of a beautiful intense color.
You can then add it in smoothies or extracts, season vegetables or main courses (including vegetables such as seitan and tofu), make sauces by adding a teaspoon or prepare a turmeric oil to season what you prefer. In short, there is no shortage of ways to use it and each of you will certainly find those that best suit your tastes.
Turmeric can be used not only internally but also externally to promote fluid drainage and improve circulation. For this purpose, compresses can be made using this spice mixed with water (you have to calibrate the two ingredients to form a sort of spreadable cream) to be placed on the areas where fat pads or cellulite have appeared, keep in place for a few minutes and then rinse.
Those who want to have a stronger impact on the body should take titrated and standardized turmeric supplements in which therefore you know exactly how much active ingredient you are taking. In this case, however, it is good to rely on an expert who will evaluate the specific situation and recommend doses and times of intake.
Turmeric, how much to consume per day
But how much turmeric to take per day to get the desired slimming effects? A sporadic consumption of this spice is certainly not enough to obtain a certain result, it is in fact necessary to use it during the day in the dose of 2 teaspoons in the way you prefer: only in the morning, dividing it during the main meals or snacks.
If you have fresh spice available (not always easy to find) consider using more (a piece or two of rhizome as it is less concentrated than the powder).
Very important to promote the bioavailability of turmeric is to use it together with a substance that can help the body to use its active ingredients to the fullest. In particular, this is a pinch of black pepper or a teaspoon of fatty substance (for example extra virgin olive oil).
Finally, keep in mind that, to maintain all the properties of this spice, it would be good to use it raw as much as possible or add it at the end of cooking.
It is not always good to help yourself with turmeric to promote weight loss or take it for other purposes. In fact, this spice also has some contraindications that should not be underestimated. For example, avoid taking it if you suffer from gallstones, gallstones, other problems with the biliary tract or blood clotting disorders. If you take drugs, however, it is always good to ask your doctor for advice as this spice can interfere by increasing or on the contrary nullifying its effect.
Avoid a large use of turmeric or worse still curcumin supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding (in general, however, promoting weight loss in these delicate periods is not recommended). In fact, there are not enough studies on this to indicate its safety.
Finally, avoid taking excessive doses of turmeric thinking that in this way you will notice greater effects. In this case too, in fact, too much is good!
You may also be interested in other articles on turmeric:
- Turmeric: what happens to the body when we take a tablespoon a day
- Turmeric: properties, uses and contraindications
- How to use turmeric: 2 tricks to fully enjoy its properties
- Recipes with turmeric
or other spices useful for weight loss:
- How to lose weight with ginger
- 10 fat-burning spices