Experts say—and most folks who have tried it can confirm—trying to make quick drastic changes to your diet typically doesn’t work. Willpower usually starts to wane within weeks because we set ourselves up for failure from the start with unrealistic goals.
Instead try setting smaller achievable goals that improve your health while giving you a sense of accomplishment so you stay motivated to keep moving forward. And this week I have one ridiculously easy change you can make to your diet that you’re going to love.
Swap out your regular veggie dip for a healthier supercharged version that could nearly triple your fat loss while naturally improving your cholesterol at the same time. This delicious dip is a terrific way to effortlessly improve your health and help you reach your ultimate goal of a healthier and happier you.
Supercharge your fat loss effortlessly
Researchers from Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences made a remarkable discovery. The deliciously savory spice cumin has the power to help you jumpstart weight loss, improve cholesterol levels and decrease your body fat.1
Over three months two groups of overweight women reduced their calorie intake by about 500 calories a day, participated in nutritional counseling and ate five ounces of plain yogurt daily. But one of the two groups also got three grams (a little less than a teaspoon) of cumin swirled into their yogurt.
The lucky ladies who had a daily dose of cumin lost more weight than the control group (three pounds overall). But that’s not where the benefits ended, according to the study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. The cumin eaters had their body fat percentages plummet by 14.64 percent, nearly triple the drop the other dieters saw.
Slash triglycerides and LDL cholesterol
Harmful blood fats took a nose dive too, with triglycerides dropping 23 points for the savory yogurt eaters, while the control group only had a five point reduction. And the cumin crowd also dropped ten points off their LDL or “bad” cholesterol numbers, compared to just half a point in the other group.
You can follow in the footsteps of the cumin loving ladies in the study by replacing your usual ranch or onion dip with a simple yogurt and cumin dip instead.
For a single serving to go with lunch or dinner mix around a teaspoon of cumin into five ounces of plain yogurt (make sure the yogurt you choose says “live and active cultures” on the label) and serve with your favorite dipping veggies such as carrots, peppers, squash and broccoli.
Spice up the recipe by stirring in some dill or chives. Or perhaps try adding a dash of garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder if you prefer. Like a thicker dip? Add a few dollops of your favorite hummus. And for a bigger crowd simply triple or quadruple the recipe.
Tired of veggies and dip? Or simply looking for other ways to incorporate fat-burning cumin into your diet? Here are a few more delicious ways to get in your daily dose of cumin…
- Top off your favorite omelet with a tablespoon of the dip or simply sprinkle some straight cumin into your eggs
- Fill a bowl with some salad greens and use the dip as a salad dressing
- Use half the dip as a marinade for chicken and the other half to top off the cooked dish
- Cut up some in season veggies to roast and sprinkle with a little sea salt, pepper and cumin before putting into the oven
- Make a batch of our Kicky Roasted Chickpeas substituting a couple teaspoons of cumin for the Mexican or curry spice mix.
No matter what way you choose to eat your cumin, adding this delicious spice to your menu is a terrific way to improve your health without having to make drastic changes to your diet. Give it a try.
1. “Effect of cumin powder on body composition and lipid profile in overweight and obese women,” Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Nov;20(4):297-301
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