Vaccines and Autism ? Embrace the facts not the myths !

Despite all the fantastic advances in immunization over recent decades, 1.5 million children still die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases. And not all of our advances are secure. Last year 25 countries reported a net decrease in immunization coverage since 2010.There are a number of reasons for this. In some countries, consistent supply and cold storage are persisting challenges. In other cases, vaccines are available but myths around them discourage parents from immunizing their children. We need to bust myths and promote the benefits of immunization more widely.

Here are five key facts about immunization.


Fact 1: Immunization through vaccination is the safest way to protect against disease.

Whatever you might read or hear, vaccines produce an immune response similar to that produced by the natural infection, but without the serious risks of death or disability connected with natural infection.

Fact 2: It is always best to get vaccinated, even when you think the risk of infection is low.

Deadly diseases that seem to have been all but eradicated have a nasty habit of making a come-back when immunization rates drop – as we see with the recent measles outbreaks across Europe. Only by making sure everyone gets their jabs can we keep the lid permanently on vaccine-preventable diseases. We should not rely on people around us to stop the spread of disease – we all have a responsibility to do what we can.

Fact 3: Combined vaccines are safe and beneficial.

Giving several vaccines at the same time has no negative effect on a child’s immune system. It reduces discomfort for the child, and saves time and money. Children are exposed to more antigens from a common cold than they are from vaccines.

Fact 4: There is no link between vaccines and autism.

There is no scientific evidence to link the MMR vaccine with autism or autistic disorders. This unfortunate rumour started with a single 1998 study which was quickly found to be seriously flawed, and was retracted by the journal that published it.

Fact 5: If we stop vaccination, deadly diseases will return.

Even with better hygiene, sanitation and access to safe water, infections still spread. When people are not vaccinated, infectious diseases that have become uncommon can quickly come back to haunt us.
When people have questions about vaccines they should ask their health providers and check accurate websites for information. Vaccine Safety Net, a global network of vaccine safety websites certified by WHO, provides easy access to accurate and trustworthy information on vaccines. The network has 47 member websites in 12 languages, and reaches more than 173 million people every month with credible information on vaccine safety, helping to counter harmful misinformation.

By : World Health Organization

What really are the antioxidants and how vitamine A works ?

We all do hear everyday to take antioxidants pills and foods , that they fight cancer but the real question is what they are and how they fight cancer ?

- Well you are in the right place because we are going to be antioxidated (lol)

- Chemically speaking an antioxidant is a substance that protects the other substances from oxidation by prefering to oxidise itself and not letting the other substances to oxidise,

- But how is the vitamine A related to antioxidants ?

- Natural and synthetic antioxidants are in the same group of compounds called THERPENES , and they are just a long chain of isoprene.

Vitamine A is a natural antioxidant , which is formed from the B-carotene. ( 8 units of isoprene).

Functionally works simply as the all antioxidants work but they do protect our cells by the reactive oxygen that forms free radicals.

- These free radicals are the bad things that could happen to us , because they do have the ability to cause chemical reaction and mostly of them causing the cells to destroy themselfs. The worst case is when they do "attack" the DNA and they do destroy the native conformation of the polinucleotid chain , and by that the DNA is coding genes that are not normal causing the cell to mutate and after that the cells are out of their normal control , and these non normal proliferating cells are called tumoral cells .

The 13 Healthiest Foods - Antioxidants

Thanks for your patience for reading this post . I was trying to be very simple and short , and i hope you got what i wanted to share with you !

30 Day Without Sugar - What happens ? (VIDEO)

A young person from Germany decided to try this and he taped all the adventure and shared with us. The results were amazing, check the video for more :


Acne and Pimple Spot Natural Treatment

If the commercial spot treatments are not effective or too harsh for your skin then try these do it yourself herbal home remedies for acne/pimple spot treatments at home.
Ice: Noticed a pimple?? Then ice is a simple solution. Hold an ice cube on the area for 10mins to shrink a pimple instantly.
Apple Cider vinegar: Dip a cotton swab in apple cider vinegar and use it on the spot. Apple cider vinegar will destroy bacteria and reduce the size of the pimple.
Tomato juice: The natural astringent helps to dry acne/ pimple.
Honey: Dab a small amount of raw honey on acne, leave it on for 15mins and rinse off. The anti bacterial properties will treat breakouts.
Lemon: Dabbing a small amount of lemon juice will shrink
Turmeric: Mix turmeric with milk and apply it on the acne, leave it on for 15mins and rinse off with warm water.
Mint:Crush mint leaves or use mint juice to effectively treat acne or pimple. The anti -acne properties will clear pores and prevent acne.
Aloe vera: it helps to sooth and calm the inflammation and redness.
Tea Bag: Use a used cold green tea or chamomile tea bag on the zit to reduce inflammation and calm irritation.
All the above home treatments are effective to keep your skin clear and blemish free the natural way.

Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

Good things always seem to come in threes. In this case, it's three kinds of chocolate in your newest go-to cheesecake.
20 min
5 hr 45 min

16 servings

What You Need

24          OREO Cookies, crushed (about 2 cups)

2            Tbsp.  butter or margarine, melted

1-1/2      pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER'S White Chocolate (6 oz.), divided

4            pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened, divided

1            cup  sugar, divided

1/2         tsp.  vanilla

3            eggs

3            oz.  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided

1            tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

Make It

HEAT oven to 325ºF.
MIX cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Melt 5 oz. white chocolate as directed on package; cool slightly.
BEAT 3 pkg. cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add melted white chocolate; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
BAKE 50 to 55 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool completely. Meanwhile, melt 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate; cool.
BEAT remaining cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add melted semi-sweet chocolate; mix well. Whisk in COOL WHIP; spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours. Garnish with chocolate curls from remaining white and semi-sweet chocolate. 


Size Wise
Need a sweet treat to serve a crowd? Try this chocolatey dessert! Since it serves 16 people, it easily fits the bill.
Substitute foil-lined 13x9-inch pan for the springform pan. Mix crust ingredients as directed. Press onto bottom of prepared pan; cover with prepared filling. Bake 45 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely in pan. Spread with COOL WHIP mixture. Refrigerate 4 hours. Use ends of foil to remove cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.
How to Shave Chocolate
Warm 1 oz. chocolate by microwaving it on HIGH for a few seconds or just until you can smudge the chocolate with your thumb. Hold chocolate steadily, then draw a vegetable peeler slowly over the chocolate to form shavings. Repeat with remaining chocolate.

How to lose 15 kg for 19 days !!!

This diet is described by a specialist cardiologist.
Breakfast is the same for all days on diet , and it contains 1 fruit( orange , pear , peach , melon , watermelon , and must not eat banana or grapes) rusk and a cup of coffee or tea without sugar.

1. Day

1 orange
boiled egg
1 cup of sour milk

2 tomatoes
2 boiled eggs ( only egg whites)
1/2 lettuce or cucumber
2 rusks

2. Day

1 orange
1 boiled egg
1 cup of sour milk

125 gr. boiled veal
1 tomato
1 orange
1 rusk
1 cup of coffee or tea without sugar

3. Day

1 orange
1 boiled egg
1 cup of sour milk
lettuce or cucumber

125 gr. boiled veal
1 orange
1 rusk
1 cup of coffee or tea without sugar

4. Day

125 gr. of cow cheese
1 tomato
1 rusk

125 gr. boiled veal
2 tomatoes
1 apple
1 rusk

5. Day

200 gr. boiled veal or fish
1 tomato
1 rusk

1/2 kg. boiled vegetables (carrots, peas , patatoes)
1 boiled egg ( only egg white )
1 rusk


  • The meat and vegetables need to be cooked with vegeta.
  • 6 and 7 day are without diet
  • During the diet it's not allowed to drink alcohol .

After the 5th day are losed 2.5 to 5 kg , and after 2 days of break the diet it's repeated 3 times ( 5 days diet + 2 days break) and without any consequences of health are losed 15 kg . The lost weight will not be returned if you eat normally except on Mondays. On mondays should be consumed

  • Breakfast: 1 glass of lemon juice
  • Lunch: 1 apple,1 rusk
  • Evening: 1 boiled egg,1 tomato,1 rusk
All the ingredients need to be consumed as described . If they are not consumed as described you will not get the effect you want .
If you exercise during the diet , you have to not exercise hard .
After the diet you can exercise as hard as you can , and you will not get the lost weight back !

The 7 most alkaline foods and their benefits !

Eating foods that have high alkaline properties is an essential part of your diet to help keep your body's pH levels balanced. These foods are not just for keeping your pH levels in check though, as they provide you with many other health benefits, like boosting your immune system and helping you maintain a healthy weight. 

To help you find your way to a healthier diet, here are the top 7 alkaline foods and the benefits they can give you.

I'm going to write them down for you but in case that you want to know why they are healthy and what do they contain i prefer for you to see the video below . (i don't own the video)

1. spinach 2. kale 3. cucumber 4. celery 5. bell peppers 6. avocado 7. broccoli

The Nordic Diet - Weight loss and anti-inflammatory foods !

The Nordic diet is loaded with whole-grains, berries, fruits, vegetables, fish, and low-fat dairy products. It’s also low in added sugars and processed foods. In general, it's a very wholesome way to eat.Some researchers believe the Nordic diet is on par with the well-studied Mediterranean diet. Both feature anti-inflammatory foods that are high in omega-3 fats from fish, and both include lots of fruits and vegetables.The Nordic diet also includes large amounts of berries, which are low in calories, and rich in vitamins and minerals. They also contain beneficial phytochemicals, mostly in the colorful blue and red pigments.The Nordic diet isn’t difficult to follow as long as you can give up the extra sugar and cut back on fatty red meats. Think more along the lines of whole, fresh foods and a lot less heavily processed foods (which is a good idea in any case).
Here’s an overview of the Nordic diet:
Whole grains - At least 25 percent of the Nordic diet's calories come from whole grain products such as rye, barley, and oats. The diet also includes brown rice, whole grain pasta and plenty of whole grain bread. Cereal is allowed on the Nordic diet too, as long as it didn’t have any added sugar or honey.
Fruits, vegetables, and berries - The Nordic diet includes at least one cup of fruit and one cup of vegetables each day. It also includes lots of berries — more than two cups per day. Choose blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or the traditional lingonberries.
Fats - The Nordic diet is fairly low in fat but includes some rapeseed oil (we’d use Canola oil in North America), plus trans-fat free margarine made with soy bean oil. Unsalted nuts and seeds are also consumed.
Dairy products - Low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese are included in the diet, but sweetened milk drinks and sugary yogurt products are not on the menu. Consume at least two servings per day.
Fish - Eat fatty ocean fish like salmon, herring or tuna, at least two times each week, plus eat one meal made with low-fat fish.
Meats - Poultry and game meats are allowed, as long as you choose cuts of meat that are low in fat. Choose chicken, turkey, and lean cuts of lamb and venison.
Beverages - No sugary drinks. One serving of fruit or berry juice is okay. Stick with water, coffee, tea and low-fat milk.You don’t need to stock your kitchen with Scandinavian fare to enjoy a Nordic style diet — just stock up the fruits and vegetables you already love and add lots of berries, fish, and whole grains. Switch to Canola oil and low-fat dairy products and you’re all set.

Seven untrendy superfoods !

Nutrition has food fads just like fashion and home decorating have their trends -- one year everyone's eating quinoa and munching on kale. Then gluten-free foods and chia seeds become the next big thing. Following these trends can be a little confusing, very expensive -- and in my opinion, not necessary. Now don't get me wrong, I love quinoa and I'm happy to try every kale recipe that comes into my email inbox, but when it comes right down to it, I'm a fan of the simple superfoods that tend to go unnoticed on the 'whats' trendy in nutrition lists.'Seriously, superfoods don't have to be exotic roots or berries that cost a small fortune at the trendiest health food stores. There are plenty of untrendy superfoods waiting for you on the shelves of any supermarket. These foods are not weird nor unknown, but they often go under-appreciated.
1. Carrots
carrots is an excellent way to get vitamin A that your body needs for normal vision and cell differentiation. Carrots are also a good source of fiber and low in calories. In addition, they contain beneficial antioxidants called polyacetylenes, beta-carotene and lutein, which may have anti-cancer properties. At least in laboratory studies.
2. Strawberries
Sweet juicy strawberries are high in vitamin C that your body needs for normal immune system function and strong connective tissue, and folate, one of the B vitamins. They also contain an assortment of beneficial compounds called ellagic acid, anthocyanins, quercetin, and catechins that may have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.  
3. Tomatoes
 are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. Tomatoes also produce compounds called lycopene and α-tomatine that are reported to have potential health-promoting benefits. Just like strawberries, tomatoes may have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. 
4. Cabbage
leafy green vegetable contains lots of vitamin K that's needed for normal blood clotting, and a fair amount of calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and B vitamins. Cabbage also contains other compounds such as chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid that may good for your health. Cabbage is extremely low in calories as well.
5. Onions
Eating this flavorful vegetable as a side dish might help reduce inflammation because it contains flavonoids and sulfur-containing compounds. 
Using onions as a seasoning might be a good way to cut back on your sodium intake by reducing the amount of salt you need. But be sure to use fresh or dried onions -- be careful with onion salt and various seasoning blends that include onion because they may also be high in sodium. 
6. Bananas
I'm pretty sure 
bananas are the most popular ingredient used in fruit smoothies, which makes sense because they're sweet, and they're so good for you. Bananas are high in potassium, which helps balance out the sodium in your body. Plus they contain antioxidants and compounds similar to dopamine, a neurotransmitter. 
7. Oranges
Oranges are usually consumed as 
orange juice -- usually with breakfast. They're known for their vitamin C content, but they're also a good source of potassium, folate and fiber. It's best to eat the whole orange -- rather than the juice -- to make sure you take advantage of fiber that's normally lost by the time it's turned into juice. But, still, even regular orange juice is a good anti-inflammatory beverage.

7 Weight Loss Tips for Men

weight loss tips for menMental preparation for weight loss
It is important to spend a bit of time preparing yourself mentally for the changes that you are going to make because to be successful you have to think of the long term. You are going to have to make some changes to what you eat and your patterns of food intake. Eating out at your favorite places may need to change, especially early on when diet change is the most difficult, but once you've established a routine things should get easier.
Keep a food diary to monitor weight loss
This should be part of your preparation. Write down what you eat, when and where. Make a note of your mood. All of this information can contribute to your aims and the changes that you are going to make. Unless you understand your relationship to food and your food patterns you will not make the changes you need that leads to successful long term weight loss.
You can continue with a food diary for as long as you think it is helpful. It can help to keep you focused, help with discipline, reflect on and change eating habits.
Lifestyle and weight loss
A lot of the food we eat is fast food and so much of it is packed with excessive amounts of sugar, salt and fat. Just by cutting back and paying more attention to the type of food and changing to a more healthy alternative will mean you can still eat well but you will lose weight at the same time.
Be realistic about weight loss
Aim for a loss of two lbs max in weight per week. Although we all like to see the pounds dropping off quickly it is not helpful or healthy. More than that and you will just be burning up muscle rather than fat which will slow down your metabolism making it harder to loose weight long term. Weight can fluctuate for all sorts of reasons. Don't be disheartened because you've agonized for a week but the scales say you haven't. Stick with it.
Cut out snacks to maintain weight loss
Snacking is all too and the majority of snacks are high in calories. The best thing is not to snack between meals but if you have to eat low calorie healthy foods like fruit.
Eat a healthy diet to maintain weight loss 
A knowledge of basic nutrition will help you to make the right choices about the sort of food you eat. A balanced diet contains;
-some protein such as lean meats, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, soy foods, pulses.
-some carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, bread, potatoes
-some fats such as oil, nuts and seeds
-some fruits and vegetables.
If you have a healthy balanced diet you should not need to take any extra vitamins or minerals in tablet form. Build some indulgences into your plan. You want a lifestyle diet that works so you need a few sins too.
-Only eat when you are hungry.
-Never eat unless you are hungry. Eating simply out of habit or boredom will not help you to slim.
-Exercise helps. Exercise will burn off calories, keep you fit and keep you toned. It also increases your metabolic rate so makes losing weight easier.
-Reward yourself. When you reach weight goals reward yourself, with an outing or by buying yourself some goodies.
-Don't beat yourself over the head if things go wrong; just re-focus and press on.
-For added motivation why not consider joining a slimming club. Many people find this helpful as good advice is coupled with regular checks. It's also a great way to meet new people.

L- carnitine for Weight Loss and Performance Improving

The intensity and duration that you’ll be able to put in your workout depends on how optimized your

body is at using fat for fuel. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a supplement that could boost fat oxidation and let you keep exercising longer?
Well, in fact there is. It is called L-carnitine and has been used for athletes from different sports around the world to improve performance. It is one of the most popular supplements for weight loss and fat burning.

What is L-carnitine?

L-carnitine is a non-essential (sometimes conditionally-essential) amino acid that plays a crucial role in the transfer of fatty acids to the mitochondria. Natural sources of L-carnitine include animal-derived products, such as white and red meat, fish and milk.

L-carnitine weight loss and performance, the effects.

Scientific literature shows that supplementation with L-carnitine on a daily basis increases the blood and muscular concentrations of this amino acid, enhancing fat metabolization and subsequent better performance.
In a study published on The Journal of Physiology ,Wall and colleagues shown that L-carnitine supplementation allows the body to spare glycogen by utilizing more fat, delaying time to exhaustion.
Nevertheless, the researchers pointed out that muscle lactate was reduced when performing high-intensity exercise (at 80% VO2max).
This was not the first study to show that L-carnitine supplementation is able to reduce various markers of metabolic stress and of muscle soreness. Similar results were found by Spiering et. al. (2007)  and Jacobs et. al. (2009) 

When to take L-carnitine? What is the proper dosage?

Studies have shown that the L-carnitine-carbohydrates combo has ergogenic effects and can increase work output by 11%. So you should take your L-carnitine supplement with a reasonable amount of fast-acting carbohydrates (ig: 60g of dextrose or maltodextrin).
The “before or after workout” dilemma doesn’t seem to be the most important factor when considering L-carnitine supplementation. Rather, take it daily for some weeks and you should be able to see some solid results.
As for the dosage, aim for 2-4g of L-carnitine daily.

4 Honey Hair Treatments - Homemade

The secret to beautiful healthy hair is not buying expensive products but  using the right ingredients that perfect for your hair. While there are many such products in the market that claim to give you soft, shiny and healthy hair, the chemicals in the hair products can damage the hair in a long run so its best recommended to use natural products that not only treat your hair for any hair related problems but also add that extra shine and softness to it.Soft, smooth, healthy hair.
Honey is a great natural conditioner and moisturizer. It contains rich vitamins and minerals, so using it in your hair care routine can leave your tresses shinier, softer, and help in the overall health of the hair.
1.   Combine a tablespoon of honey with 2 mugs of warm water.
   Rinse through hair after shampooing.
   Massage the honey mixture into the scalp and rinse off.The honey rinse will leave you tresses soft and smooth and provides moisture to the hair.
You will need:
* 1tbsp of honey
* 2tbsp of olive oil
1.   Mix honey with olive oil and apply it on your locks.
   Keep it on for 20mins and then wash it off.
   This will add a shine to them.

* 1/2 tsp of honey
* 2tsp of conditioner
1.   Mix honey with your regular conditioner.
   Use your hands to evenly apply the mixture through your while damp.
   Massage it into your scalp and work from your roots to the tip of your hair.
   Let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it out with cold water.

You will need
* 1 tbsp of honey
* 3 tbsp of warm coconut oil
1.   Mix honey with warm coconut oil.
   The mask can be applied to dry or wet hair. Section your hair off and apply generously from top
to bottom, specially focusing on my ends.

   Wrap your hair in a bun and let the mask soak in for 30 minutes.
   Wash the mask out in the shower using your regular shampoo and conditioner.

Honey is a natural lightener so using it often will  slightly lighten your hair color and add natural highlights to it.

4 Ways to Burn More Fat

1. Burn More Fat With HIIT High intensity interval training is one of the best ways to burn fat. The workouts are short but explosive and exercise physiologists have found that they are more effective for burning calories and fat than moderate intensity workouts. But you must be healthy enough for vigorous activity to participate, so be sure that you get clearance from your health care provider.

2. Burn More Calories With EPOC 
Researchers have discovered that people who participate in high intensity exercise benefit from a phenomenon called EPOC or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. It can also be called the “afterburn” and it can help you burn more calories.

3. Burn More Calories Without Exercise 
The only bad thing about high intensity intervals is that they can wear you out for the rest of the day. And if you end up spending the rest of the day on the couch, you might lose the benefits of your fat burning workout. Stay active throughout the day to burn more calories.

4. Use Active Recovery to Stay Healthy
On the days after your high intensity interval training, you should rest. But that doesn’t mean that you lay on the couch. Learn why active recovery will help you burn more fat and calories while your body rebuilds.

6 Smart Snacking Habits That Can Help You Lose Weight

Ignore All Those Rules About the Ideal Time to Snack
Some people will tell you it's a bad idea to snack between breakfast and lunch. Others will tell you that you have to have an apple at 3 p.m.—not 4 p.m.—if you want to avoid overeating. In reality, it's all kind of b.s. "The best time to eat a snack is when you're hungry," says Cavuto. "For some people, that's mid-morning. For others, it's in the afternoon—or maybe both.  Listen to your body, and fuel when you need it." One trick that Cavuto likes to use to help people keep tabs on their hunger—particularly if you're the type of person who's often so busy that you forget to eat— is to set a "snack timer." Set an alarm for a few times throughout the day, and when it goes off, take that moment to pause and assess if you're hungry, thirsty, or neither. That way you won't find yourself suddenly famished at 7 p.m.
 …But Don't Snack When You're Not Hungry
Just as you should eat when you're hungry, you should also avoid eating just because you heard it's important to have an afternoon snack if your stomach's not grumbling. "Don't snack for the sake of snacking," says Cavuto. Let your body's cues dictate if you need to eat—and boredom or stress are not reasons to snack." (If you're feeling anxious, check out these10 ways to relieve stress before you snack.) Keep in mind that you also may misinterpret thirst for hunger, so make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day.
 Stay Under 200 Calories
Cavuto says this is a good ballpark to aim for to make sure that your snacks don't turn into mini-meals. Of course, if you find yourself full before you finish your 200-calorie snack, feel free to save the rest for later. "Listen to your body," says Cavuto. "If you feel satisfied before you finish you snack—reality check—you're not obligated to eat the whole thing."
Go for a Mix of Protein, Fiber, and Healthy Fats
This is the ultimate trifecta for a snack that will keep you full for hours, says Cavuto. "You want to choose foods that are nutrient dense and will fuel your body while satisfying your cravings," she says. Examples of eats that contain all three of these nutrients include roasted chickpeas or kale chips that have been drizzled with olive oil or a piece of fruit with nuts or a hardboiled egg. If you don't have the time to prep those, Cavuto also recommends Kind bars.
BYO Snack
If you hit the corner store or the vending machine when hunger strikes, you're limited to the options there—and even if you pick something healthful like nuts, the portion size can be much larger than you necessarily want or need. Combat this by planning ahead and bringing your own perfectly portioned snacks with you, suggests Cavuto.
Have Fun with Your SnacksAt the end of the day, if you're eating crackers that taste like cardboard just because you think you should, you'll probably end up feeling unsatisfied. That's why Cavuto recommends experimenting with different snack options to find ones you love. "Weight loss doesn't have to mean deprivation," she says. "Get creative, and plan for snacks and meals that really satisfy you."

4 Spices That Can Help You Lose Weight

Spices are often the secret ingredients that make homemade meals taste so amazing—but they may  the added flavor can help you feel more satisfied with low-cal foods), certain ones are particularly helpful to add to your pantry when you're on a mission to slim down. "The key is that all the ones we talk about for weight loss or maintenance have anti-inflammatory properties and a flavor profile that may help limit overall calorie intake," says Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., senior clinical dietician at Mount Sinai Hospital. With that in mind, here are four spices to try now.
also be the key to reaching your weight-loss goals. While research suggests that pretty much all herbs and spices are beneficial for dropping pounds (since
Chili Powder
The capsaicinoids in spicy foods are a weight-loss double-threat, says London. They increase the body's energy expenditure and also cause you to eat more slowly, which may mean you eat less overall. Studies have also suggested that eating foods containing capsaicinoid may cause you to crave more plant-based foods (as opposed to high-fat options like meat).
Ground Ginger
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties help to promote insulin sensitivity, says London. This helps reduce fatty acids in the blood and normalize blood-sugar levels, both of which promote weight stability. London suggests sprinkling ground ginger onto Asian-inspired stir-fries or mixing it into some Greek yogurt with berries.
Lately this spice, often found in Indian curry dishes, has been getting a lot of attention for its growing list of health benefits. "For weight loss, it plays a role in the differentiation of fat cells, stopping them from forming or reducing their size," says London. Try tossing cauliflower and broccoli with turmeric before roasting them.
Garlic Powder
Loading up on this ingredient may not do much for your breath, but it'll work wonders for your waistline. For one thing, its strong flavor may help you take smaller, slower bites at the dinner table—potentially preventing overeating. What’s more, research has also shown an that when you eat garlic, your body temperature increases—which may help speed up your metabolism, says London.

5 Ways to Eat Less

Follow the "Half Now, Half Later" Rule
This is a very effective strategy that Batayneh uses with her clients. If you order a sandwich or pasta bowl for lunch and you see that the portion may be too large, enjoy half of it, and save the rest for later. Interestingly, a Food Quality and Preference study found that portion size didn't have a direct impact on a diner's level of satisfaction. Besides, you can always have the second half later in the day or for dinner.
Balance Your Plate
Balanced meals are important for blood sugar stabilization, which is a key factor in controlling your sugar cravings, as well as hunger. Eating a meal composed of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat will keep you fuller, longer. The protein keeps your blood sugar in check, the carbs are rich in metabolism-boosting B vitamins, and the good fat satiates our brain and stomachs.
Relax More
When we're stressed, our bodies release hormones like cortisol—and higher levels of this can boost your appetite. Modern stressors in our everyday lives (bad traffic, annoying neighbors, and demanding bosses) drive you to eat more food than necessary, ultimately leading to weight gain. Learn how you can de-stress and feel more Zen to crush any pesky cravings.
Downsize Your Dinnerware
Eat on a smaller plate, and you may end up dropping a few pounds. Obviously, you're reducing portion size, but you’re also tricking your brain into being satisfied, says food psychologist Brian Wansink, Ph.D. Seeing a small portion on a large plate makes you think you’re missing out, but seeing the same portion pushing the borders of a smaller plate tricks you into thinking you're eating more, says Wansink. You can also try these 19 ways to measure healthy portions all the time.
Go to Bed
When we’re low on sleep and energy, we often turn to fast calories­—foods that are easy to eat and provide immediate gratification. Unfortunately, those foods are often high in calories, refined carbs, sugar, and fat. Sleep deprivation also increases levels of ghrelin—the so-called "hunger hormone"—and decreases levels of leptin—the "fullness hormone"—which signals satiety. Aim to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night.