Saturday, 25 October 2014

18 Natural Remedies For Weight Loss

Although healthy eating and exercising will help you to lose weight, nevertheless, to reach your target weight with ease the importance of home remedies cannot be overlooked. In fact, the best thing you can do for yourself in your quest to lose weight is to create a healthy kitchen.  If you use these in addition to eating better and getting some exercise, they can speed up the process. There are many different contributing factors to losing/gaining weight, so the below remedies cover a wide range. First let's have a look on some basic causes of weight gain.
Causes of Weight Gain or Being Over Weight

(i) Sedentary lifestyle
(ii) Consuming alcohol in large quantities
(iii) Genetic disorders
(iv) Stress, tension, and depression
(v) Overeating
(vi) Intake of junk foods, like pizza, burgers and flour
(vii) Hormonal imbalance, like hypothyroidism
(viii) Certain medications
(ix)  Pregnancy
(x)  Lack of Exercise
(xi) Lack of Sleep

18 Natural Remedies For Weight Loss

1 . Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been proven to benefit in weight loss. Mix apple cider vinegar with water. Consume it every morning and see, how it works to make you get rid of unwanted fats.

2 . Honey

An age old trick for weight loss, honey is a miracle ingredient found in most kitchens. Although effective in fighting pounds, do not expect instantaneous results with honey. With long term and regular consumption, honey prevents fat from stacking away in your body.

3 . Olive oil

Getting more monounsaturated fats into your diet can help keep your cholesterol under control and may help you shed pounds. Because it's mostly monounsaturated fat, olive oil is a much healthier choice than, say, butter.

4 . Fast on juices

While crash dieting or prolonged fasting can be disastrous to your health, some amount of fasting is healthy. When you are on certain juices, cutting down on solids is a brilliant way to shed weight.
There are two juices that are miracle diets to lose bulges. Make a juice of 2 cups of cubed and cold watermelon and 2 cups of cubed and cold cantaloupe. Add a dash of fresh ginger, peeled to the juicer for a refreshing concoction. Similarly, half cup of frozen strawberries, two teaspoons of freshly squeezed lime and one cup of orange juice makes an irresistible juice for aiding weight loss.

5 . Cucumber

Cucumber contains 90% water and is helpful in breaking fat cells. So, eat lots of cucumber. It’s a natural remedy for weight loss.

6 . Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is useful in treating obesity because it stimulates the metabolism, increases energy consumption, and mobilizes unused fat in the body. It contains natural collagen proteins that make the body work harder in order to absorb the proteins. In addition, it helps remove toxins from the digestive system and colon. Take two fresh aloe vera leaves, peel them, and scoop out the pulp. Put it in a blender along with one cup of citrus juice, such as orange or grapefruit juice, or simply water. Blend it for two to three minutes. Drink this daily for at least a month.

7 . Ginger

Another herb which can help because of its digestive properties is ginger which is thermogenic. Thisbasically means that it helps raise the body’s temperature by burning fat which makes it perfect for people looking to lose weight. Researchers also found that it has a satiating effect which means you tend to eat less and this further helps the cause. Ginger can be eaten either by powdering and mixing with rice dishes or veggies or by mixing a tablespoon of it with water. Read about the health benefits of ginger.

8 . Frozen Dinners

If your schedule only allows for a fast food dinner, then use the weight loss frozen dinners, which feature 1 serving. There are many popular brands of frozen meals to choose from, but the best measure of finding the right one, includes those that are between the 200-350 calorie range, contains less than 800 mg of sodium, contains less than 4 grams of saturated fat, and meals that contain 3-5 grams of fiber.

9 . Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds are one of the best herbal remedies for weight loss. Sip on a cup of fennel seed tea 15 minutes before having a heavy meal. It will help to curb your appetite.

10 . Oatmeal

If you truly want to slim down, eat plain rolled oatmeal for breakfast every single morning. Top it with a serving of fruit or try my personal favorite- add 1tbs brown sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon for great flavor. This recipe makes for especially easy weight loss for teenage girls and boys, who often don't get the fiber they need.

11 . Flaxseed (alsi)

Called alsi in Hindi, the seed comes out with an outer coating which makes you feel fuller than normal and hence curbs your tendency to eat. It’s also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which is good for your heart. Simply crush flaxseeds and add to foods like soups, cereals, oats, chappati and since they’re naturally bland, they won’t change the taste of your dish. Read about the health benefits of flaxseeds.

12 . Curry Leaves

Eating 10 fresh curry leaves daily in the morning works as a great Ayurvedic remedy to deal with obesity and diabetes caused by obesity. Continue this treatment regularly for at least three to four months. Research shows that curry leaves contain mahanimbine, an alkaloid that has anti-obesity and lipid-lowering effects. Thus, it helps lower body weight and reduces total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

13 .  Honey & Ginger

Take 3 tablespoons of honey and add 2 tablespoons ginger and stir to mix it. You can add some lukewarm water to make a good mixture. Make a habit to drink it twice a day.

14 . Nonstick pots and pans

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself if you're trying to lose weight is a set of nonstick cookware. It minimizes the need for added fat when you cook. Be sure to remember to use nonmetal utensils when you use your nonstick pans.

15 . Steaming

Steaming is a great way of cooking. It is simpler, retains the health properties of veggies/meat/fish, does not use grease, fat or oil and requires not much effort including that of stirring. Since it is healthy and non-greasy, steaming helps in cutting down loads of calories that you otherwise tend to add to your system.

16 . Cinnamon

The herb that makes things ‘Christmasy’, helps activate insulin receptiors and enzyme systems involved in carbohydrate metabolism. This helps regulate your blood sugar levels, increase metabolism and reduce bad cholesterol from the body. You can simply sprinkle some on your breakfast cereals, coffee or tea for that added flavour!  Read about the health benefits of cinnamon or dalchini!

17 .  Yoga

It’s an age old practice that has been going on since ages, and it is proven to cure almost every ailment of the body. Yoga is extremely beneficial in weight loss as with the help of its postures and asanas, you can target the particular section(s) of your body and reduce weight without much hassle. It is highly effective even in removing the fat that has got accumulated for long-long years.

18 . Cumin

Cumin not only savors our recipes, but it is considered a fat burning product. Cumin’s properties prevent the storage of excess fat by the body, thus weight loss. It increases the metabolic rate that helps the normal delivery of the digestive system, purifies the blood, and stops flatulence. It is an anti-oxidant that is high in Vitamin C. Adding a ¼ cup of cumin to smaller meals aids in flavoring and food digestion. Cumin is available in the following forms: seeds, extract, tablets, and powder.