Losing weight is hard. And while there are plenty of supplements and pills on the market that claim to make it “easier,” “faster” or “more dramatic,” the truth is most of those just plain don’t work.
The fact of the matter is, if you’re looking for a way to make your weight loss journey easier, it’s better to stick to natural weight loss stimulants – foods like persimmons, papayas, chia seeds and many more.
One of the best natural weight loss boosters around? Cilantro.
Cilantro is loaded with tons of good-for-you nutrients, and it has tons of benefits that can make weight loss easier and more manageable.
Also known as Chinese parsley, cilantro is a small, leafy herb with a fresh, zesty taste. It’s technically a part of the carrot family, but with its flavor, you’d never guess it.
You’ll often see cilantro on tacos, in salsas or on Asian, Middle Eastern and even African meals and dishes. It’s been used for thousands of years, and in previous civilizations, it often served medicinal uses, treating inflammation, gas, stress, nausea, indigestion, bloating, cramps and more.
Over the years, cilantro has also been shown to stimulate circulation, improve digestion and provide many other health benefits. It can typically be found in the produce section of most grocery stores, for a minimal price.
How Cilantro Can Help
It may be hard to believe that such a small little leaf can make a big difference on your waistline, but it really can.
Cilantro is extremely low calorie, with only 1 calorie per every quarter-cup. It also provides a whopping 16 percent of your vitamin K for the day, and lots of zinc, riboflavin, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, potassium and more.
And as you know, the more nutritious, fueling foods like this you consume, the fuller and more satiated your body will feel. This, in turn, staves off weight gain and helps you shed the pounds.
Cilantro can also:
Cilantro is known to aid in digestion, even relieving constipation and gas in many people. It can also help your body to absorb more of the minerals and nutrients from the food you eat. The more nutrients your body gets, the less hungry you’ll feel and the less tempted you’ll be to eat empty calories and food.
Facilitate restful sleep
If you want to lose weight, getting the proper amount of sleep is crucial. It’s during this time that your body recovers from the day, and gears up for the next day of burning calories and being active. Cilantro has properties that can actually aid in sleep, reduce anxiety and stress and even improve the quality of your sleep on the whole.
Manage blood sugar levels
Sometimes referred to as an “anti-diabetic” herb, cilantro can actually help lower your cholesterol and blood sugar. For diabetic people, its high potassium-low sodium ration can be extremely helpful in maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
Slim your stomach
Cilantro is full of limonene, a hormone that can help you get rid of belly fat. The limonene actually stops your stomach from absorbing fats – fats that could lead to weight gain, cellulite and bloating.
Encourage healthier eating
Most of the time, you’ll see cilantro paired with healthier dishes – fresh salsas and chutneys, veggie-filled curries and even many salads have it. By working more cilantro into your diet, you start to choose more healthful, nutritious meals, and this can cut down your calorie intake and boost your weight loss results.
The benefits of cilantro are undeniable. If you’re looking to slim down before bikini season, working this miracle herb into your diet is crucial. It can make you feel better, look better and, simply, be an all-around healthier person.
How to Incorporate Cilantro
Cilantro is a popular herb in Mexico, South America, the Middle East and parts of Southern and Western U.S. But many parts of the world simply don’t use it – or even know what it is.
If you fall into this group, don’t worry; I’ve got you covered.
Working cilantro into your diet is easy. This leafy herb has a fresh, delicious taste that goes well with many flavors and cuisines. Here are just a few ways you can start to use it in your home:
- In sauces, like pestos, salsas and chutneys
- On spicy dishes, like tacos, curries or pepper-based Asian dishes
- In salad dressings, combined with olive oil, lime juice, garlic and jalapenos
- On grain dishes, like quinoa bowls, brown rice casseroles and more
Though cilantro probably won’t go well in your morning smoothie, it’s a very versatile ingredient that should be easy to integrate.
How do you feel about cilantro? What are your favorite cilantro dishes? Let me know in the comments!