If you spend the winter months existing on a carb and wine-heavy diet (that’ll be all of us…), then the thought of donning a swimsuit in summer may be causing you some stress.

But new research could help if you’re looking to shed some pounds.

A study has revealed that introducing one very simple ingredient to your daily diet could boost fat loss.

Experts have suggested that drinking cumin seeds could help you lose weight fast when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

A recent study published by Pub Med of 78 men and women showed cumin to be as effective for weight loss as the obesity treatment pill, Orlistat, without any side effects.

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Participants taking cumin lost three more pounds than those not, decreasing their body fat by almost 15 per cent.

If you’re keen to give it a go, it’s recommended you soak one teaspoon of cumin seeds in water overnight. Through osmosis, the water makes the seeds swell up with the seeds imparting their nutrients into the water.

You should drink the solution – also known as Jeera water – three times a day as the drink replicates the feeling of being full, and will reduce your appetite. You can also sweeten the drink with honey if preferred.

As well as shifting abdominal fat, the staple spice also has various other benefits such as aiding digestion.

Cumin seeds soaked in water could help shift belly fat

Cumin – which is packed with fibre – can prevent bloating thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking the solution not only stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes but also speeds up the digestion process, thereby helping you fight indigestion.

The amazing ingredient can be applied to the skin to treat various skin conditions such as eczema and acne, and is sure to give your face a healthy glow.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure cumin seeds are at the top of your list before your next food shop.