Flavor Weapons for Weight Loss

A low-calorie dish doesn’t have to mean a boring, bland meal. Certain ingredients can offer both taste and weight-loss benefits. Increase your metabolism and curb your appetite by incorporating these flavors weapons for weight loss into your diet.

Flavor Weapons for Weight Loss

Turn a regular dish into a nutritionally enhanced favorite. Add these flavor weapons to your meals and enjoy diet-friendly dining.


Vinegar will slow the absorption of carbohydrates and prevents sudden surges in your blood sugar. It also slows the passage of food through your stomach, keeping you fuller for longer. Add some zest to pasta or potatoes with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette.



Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that gives spicy peppers their zing. Capsaicin also curbs your appetite while you eat and raises your body temperature, which may boost your metabolism. Add some chili sauce to your next omelet or burger.


Cinnamon slows the passage of food through your stomach. It also lowers your blood sugar levels by stimulating glucose metabolism. Click here for a pork tenderloin recipe seasoned with cinnamon. You can also sprinkle this spice in your oatmeal, stews or coffee.

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