This Unique Spice Beats Abdominal Fat

by Mike Geary, CNS, CPT on February 8, 2010 · 5 comments

By Mike Geary, CNS, CPTCinnamon Sticks and Ground Cinnamon

OK, this spice that I’m going to mention is one of the most overlooked, but healthiest spices in the world…

You might even call it a “fat burning spice”… in a roundabout way.

And yes, it can actually help you win the battle against abdominal fat if you use it daily…I’ll explain why.

Here are some other benefits of this miracle spice:

  • Controls blood sugar levels
  • Helps maintain insulin sensitivity
  • A very powerful antioxidant
  • May have antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • And dozens of other benefits

So what is this miracle spice?

Well… it’s good old tasty Cinnamon!

Although cinnamon does not directly increase fat burning (such as by increasing metabolic rate, etc), it CAN actually help you to burn off abdominal fat and get leaner through an indirect link.

Here’s how…

Although cinnamon has dozens of health benefits, the main benefit that will help you to get leaner is through it’s strong effect on controlling blood sugar levels in your body.

In a study published in 2003 in the medical journal Diabetes Care, groups were split into people taking 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon per day in capsule form (the equivalent of approx 1/4th to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon).

The results of the study showed that all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose levels by 18-29% after 40 days.

Cinnamon can also increase insulin sensitivity, which essentially means that it is helping your body to control blood sugar while simultaneously allowing your body to produce less insulin.

As you know, chronically high insulin levels can make your body pack on the blubber.

How to harness this to lose more fat…

One possible way to benefit from cinnamon to lose more fat is to use cinnamon daily in your meals when you can, such as in yogurt or cottage cheese, in smoothies, oatmeal, or anything else you can think of where it would go well.

Also, you could use a cinnamon capsule before each of your meals.

This could help to control blood sugar and insulin response from your meals and thereby control your appetite and cravings throughout the day… hence, helping you to lose body fat more effectively over time.

So now you can see that not only is cinnamon a powerful antioxidant that can help you stay youthful longer, it can also help you to control blood sugar and get a leaner body!

About the Author: Certified Nutrition Specialist and Personal Trainer Mike Geary, author of the internationally best-selling e-book The Truth about Six Pack Abs, is a contributing author to Muscle & Fitness & Oxygen magazines and is regularly featured on fitness websites around the world. Mike specializes in body fat reduction strategies and functional strength and power training. To learn more about his innovative training strategies and the latest nutrition tips, check out his website at

[Editor’s Comments: Cinnamon is a popular spice in our house! I use it regularly on applesauce, cottage cheese, oatmeal and in my protein drinks. My wife puts it in pancakes and waffles…and she just started taking a cinnamon supplement.

If  you want to discover over a dozen more unique foods, spices, and weird styles of workouts that help to burn your abdominal fat faster, just click on the link below:

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Please be sure to consult your doctor before adding any new foods or spices to your nutrition plan if you are taking any medications or have food allergies.]

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Paul.A.J. February 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Wow what any amazing spice. It is great to be able to learn about a spice that we can use more often in our every day lives. Many thanks bring this to my attention

2 Don February 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Thanks for the tip! There’s a nearby place (you know the one, Pete) that puts a pinch in their coffee. I think I may start doing this work.

3 Pete February 11, 2010 at 12:05 am

Awesome Don! Yes…I know the place…and they DO have good coffee!

4 Sid February 12, 2010 at 10:58 am

Pete:Very good article. I have been using cinnamon as a supplement for some time now. It really works. Will tell you all about it when we meet. SID

5 Pete February 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

Sounds great Sid…looking forward to it!

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