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Your diet doesn't have to be bland and boring. Shake things up by including these spices in your meals. They pair well with many of your favourite foods, and give them an extra kick. Plus, you’ll be able to lose the extra fat more efficiently.

1. Turmeric

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This spice not only helps to reduce the formation and growth of fat cells, but has anti-inflammatory properties that help to keep many diseases at bay too. Add is to sauces or use it to season your meat or veggies before cooking.

2. Cinnamon

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Cinnamon is packed with fiber that helps to keep you full for a longer time. It helps to balance your blood sugar levels too, which is beneficial in your process of losing weight. Use it as a topping for your yogurt or oatmeal, or even your favourite beverages like tea or hot chocolate.

3. Garlic

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We may avoid it at the dinner table for the sake of our breaths, but this flavourful spice can aid with your weight loss plans. Garlic can help boost your metabolism, and even suppress your appetite. Plus, they help to lower your blood pressure too.

4. Ginger

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Ginger has both anti-inflammatory and fat burning properties, which is definitely beneficial for any weight loss plan. Add ginger to any dish for extra flavour. You can even try brewing your own ginger tea. Simply add ginger to boiling water and let it simmer. Sweeten to taste with sugar or honey.

5. Chili powder

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If you’re a fan of spicy food, this is good news for you. Chili powder helps to raise your body temperature, making you burn fat quicker. They can slow down your eating too, which may result in you eating lesser.

 

This article was originally published on Shape.com.sg.