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“Spices like ginseng, cayenne pepper, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, and turmeric are a big part of my diet and cooking because they help you maintain a healthy weight by boosting metabolism and suppressing your appetite,” Dr. Gioffre says. These spices increase thermogenesis (your body burns fat to create heat), which also helps to boost metabolism and reduce your fat stores in your body. “In addition to their ability to help burn fat and balance blood sugar levels, these spices are some of your best sources of antioxidants,” he adds.