“Oh, Lord!” you may be thinking. “Not another stupid weight-loss gimmick.”
Don’t worry. I’m not into gimmicks. No points… no shakes… no fad diets. Just one easy way to get around a roadblock your body puts up to avoid weight loss.
I can’t make a nickel off this secret. In fact, there’s a pretty fair chance you already have what you need to take advantage of this secret. It’s something most folks keep around the house.
But very few realize it can help you shed stubborn pounds. In the next few moments, I’ll reveal what this secret is… and how it works. But first, here’s why it’s so hard to lose weight in the first place.
You’re Dealing With a Very Stingy Body
If you’re tired of counting points… sick of starvation shakes… and a little wary of those diet pills that trigger “anal leakage,” well, I don’t blame you. Depriving yourself is no fun.
That’s why fad diets claiming you can eat all you want – and still lose weight – are so popular. These diets work, too. If “all you want” is vegetables.
But the old formula holds true. To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. And that’s where your body sabotages your efforts.
When a bear hibernates, its metabolism slows to save calories. Your body does the same thing when you diet.
The same thing triggers this reaction in both you and the bear: A shortage of calories.
When your body notices you’re getting fewer calories, it assumes food is scarce. So it does what it can to save energy. That means slowing your metabolism. But as your metabolism slows, so does weight loss.
That’s why you may lose a fair amount of weight early in a diet. But your weight loss slows the longer you stick with that diet.
Your body is stingy with energy. But you can fool it.
An Easy Way to Burn More Fat
You can fight your body’s urge to slow down… and speed up the fat burning with a process called thermogenesis.
You’re probably familiar with this process. Shivering is a form of thermogenesis. The motion of shivering burns calories to produce heat.
Certain natural compounds have the same effect. And one is probably sitting in your kitchen cabinet right now.
The “Magic” of Cinnamon
Cinnamon has been on scientist’s radar for a few years. For instance, a 2012 human study showed cinnamon helps improve blood sugar control.
More recently, scientists have been looking into cinnamon’s other metabolic effects. And it sure looks like they’ve hit pay dirt.
French and Swedish doctors tested cinnamon on a model of a high-fat diet.
They fed three groups of mice a high-diet for eight weeks. They also fed one group cinnamon.
The cinnamon group showed better handling of blood sugar, less resistance to insulin, gained less fat mass, and had less fatty build-up in their livers. They also developed a healthier mix of gut bacteria… which led to a stronger intestinal barrier against “leakage.”
A 2016 review of studies linked cinnamon to improved blood sugar handling, better blood fat levels, lower blood pressure, and improved body fat levels.
According to a 2017 study in Scientific Reports, cinnamon triggers the “browning” of fat cells. That is, it triggers fat cells to burn fat instead of storing it.
Which helps explain why all those other studies found cinnamon so effective.
Don’t expect a dramatic effect. But if you’re serious about losing weight, you can do more than just cut calories. Try adding a daily dose of cinnamon to speed up the process.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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