Slathering yellow paste over your hotdog won’t absolve you of your calorific sins, but it’ll certainly do more good than harm. Oxford Polytechnic Institute research has found the thermogenic properties of mustard seeds boost your metabolism by 25% and can help you cut 45 calories from every meal. Mix seeds with white wine vinegar, leave for three days and blend with sugar and salt for a homemade wholegrain mustard that packs a punch.
Feeling guilty after a gut-busting burrito at lunch? Don’t. The cayenne pepper in Mexican food is packed with an ingredient called capsaicin, which stimulates your central nervous system to heat your body and melt fat, according to the Journal of Obesity. Knock-up a bowl of our protein-packed chilli after your next workout for a meal that cuts fats while building muscle.
A Friday night curry may taste like a cheat meal, but be liberal with the turmeric and you needn’t stick to salad for the rest of the weekend. Tufts University researchers found the curcumin contained in a sprinkle of turmeric restricts blood flow to fat cells, stunting their growth. Wash it down with on ofMH’s favourite health-boosting beers for an end of the week blow out, guilt free.
There are more ways to sweeten your pud than piling on sugar – and pounds around your middle. Cinnamon balances your blood sugar, lowers insulin levels and thus reduces the amount of fat your body stores after each meal. Can’t wait until dessert? Give MH’s mid-afternoon apple and cinnamon yoghurt a try to tide you over between meals.