Losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions for many people across the world, yet despite its popularity, it is probably one of the most challenging journeys one can stumble on. In today’s world, many people are looking for natural solutions to help with the process of weight loss. Excessive weight, a condition that is commonly referred to as obesity, is a challenging health problem.
The main reason why this condition develops is attributed to leading a sedentary lifestyle, eating highly processed foods, excessive drinking often accompanied by poor food choices as well as a lack of physical activity. While at it, it is also important to mention that excess weight may be the result of genetic predisposition, pre-existing medical condition and fluctuations in hormonal levels.
Whichever the case, losing weight is not a walk in the park. There is great need to maintain healthy weight for the simple reason that failure to do so makes it more likely to develop chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease among others. There are a number of home remedies which one can use to help with losing weight. Note however, that if there are any pre-existing conditions, it is advisable to get medical help before embarking on any of the home remedies listed below. Additionally, if one experiences side-effects, it is advisable to get immediate medical attention to rule out any possible complications.
1. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and half teaspoon of black pepper.
Lemon juice is one of the time-tested remedies that you can use to help with the process of losing weight. This remedy works because it enhances proper digestion while helping the body get rid of toxins that accumulate in the body. This is important because proper digestion is an integral part of the weight loss process.In addition to these benefits, proper digestion helps the body absorb the necessary nutrients required to get rid of extra calories. Detoxification on the other hand, is an important inclusion because when toxins are present, they slow down the process of metabolism and make it harder to burn calories. Honey acts as a natural sweetener, and is preferred to sugar.
- Mix all the ingredients in a glass and stir well.
- Pour in some warm water and stir once again.
- Drink the remedy on an empty stomach, at least twice daily.
- Use this remedy for up to three months as you gauge the progress made.
2. Aloe Vera:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Fresh aloe vera leaves, a blender and 1 glass of fruit juice/ water.
Aloe Vera is a versatile remedy whose benefits include its use in the process of losing weight. The active ingredients present in the aloe vera sap are known to enhance the metabolic reactions in the body as well as allow for the use of idle fat in the body. One of the key advantages of using aloe vera is that it is rich in a natural compound known as collagen. When ingested, this type of protein stimulates the body to work harder so as to allow for proper absorption of proteins from the digestive system. Lastly, aloe vera also works as a detoxifier, a healing property which comes in handy as it speeds up the process of digestion.
- Clean the two fresh aloe vera leaves well before preparing this remedy for oral ingestion.
- Carefully peel the leaves and then take the fleshy part out. You may use a spoon for this purpose.
- Once you have collected the pulp, transfer it to a blender.
- Add the fresh fruit juice or water and blend the mixture for a few minutes.
- Take this remedy at least once daily for a couple of weeks until you notice some progress.
3. Green Tea:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Green teabags, 1 cup of hot water and honey.
Green tea is a popular home remedy for losing weight, one that has been passed down the years thanks to its immense healing properties. Research shows that green tea is rich in an active compound known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (abbreviated EGCG) that helps to limit the amount of fats that the body absorbs. Additionally, EGCG has been shown to improve the body’s ability to metabolize fats, thus making it a befitting choice of remedy for weight loss. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants, trace minerals, carotenoids, selenium and zinc among others. These nutrients are required for optimal metabolism and are beneficial for anyone trying to lose weight.
- Place the two teabags in a cup of water and let them steep for a few minutes.
- Stir in some honey to sweeten the herbal tea.
- Drink this tea thrice daily to help with the process of weight loss.
4. Cayenne Pepper:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1/4 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper, the juice of half a lemon and 1 glass of hot water. 1/2 teaspoon of ginger or black pepper (optional).
Cayenne pepper is best known for its active ingredient that gives the burning effect associated with the herb, capsaicin. Capsaicin not only stimulates the process of fat metabolism in the body, it has also been shown to increase the amount of energy expended by the body. Other benefits of using cayenne pepper when trying to lose weight include its ability to lower appetite and prevent overeating as well as the stimulation of proper digestion. Prepare the remedy by following the simple directions indicated below.
- Mix the cayenne pepper with the additional herbs so that you have a dry herb mixture – the herbs are optional.
- Pour the hot water over the dried powder and allow it to steep for a few minutes.
- Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the mixture and stir.
- Use this remedy at least twice daily.
5. Increase Your Vegetable Intake:
Time Required: Varies depending on cooking method
What You Need: Preferred vegetable
Raw vegetables are beneficial for the process of losing weight. Cabbages especially are rich in a compound known as tartaric acid that plays a key role in preventing the build-up of fat as a result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake. What’s more, cabbages are rich in fiber and Vitamin C, and very low in calories. What this means is that cabbages create a sense of satiety, which in turn inhibits excessive eating. Other vegetables which you may consider in place of cabbages include swiss chard, cauliflower and broccoli among others.
- When preparing these cabbages, the most important thing to remember is that they should not be overcooked.
- Overcooking raw vegetables causes them to lose their nutrients and as such, they do not have any benefits in the body.
6. Honey and Cinnamon:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 1 cup of hot water and 1 teaspoon of organic honey.
One of the easiest remedies you can take on when losing weight is honey + cinnamon. The benefits of this dual remedy means that the body is able to respond accordingly, in effect helping one lose weight. Cinnamon for example, has been shown to combat insulin resistance, a factor which is known to contribute to excess weight.
Additionally, this warming herb also helps reduce the oxidative stress at the cellular level. When it comes to raw honey, for which it is advisable to use raw organic honey, its use is known to enhance the metabolism of fat in the body. When the two are combined, alongside other remedies and practical steps included in this post, the journey to losing weight is gradual and promising. Prepare the remedy by following the simple steps below.
- Place the cinnamon powder in a glass and pour the hot water over it. You may also use cinnamon sticks, but since these are harder, you may need to boil them in the water in order to get the active ingredients steeped into the water.
- Allow the hot tea to steep for an hour before stirring in the honey.
- Take this herbal tea at least twice daily, preferably on an empty stomach.
7. Tips for Losing Weight Naturally:
In addition to the remedies provided above, there are easy tips to keep in mind as far as weight loss is concerned. These methods have actually been shown to work, making them an excellent addition to one’s preferred natural remedies. Remember that these methods, just like the remedies, are not an overnight solution; consistency is key to making progress as far as weight loss is concerned.
- Increase your protein intake.
Protein is king as far as the journey of losing weight is concerned. This is how it works: the body burns many calories during protein metabolism, so much so that a diet that is high in proteins boosts calorie usage significantly. Additionally, such a diet makes one feel fuller, and this has the effect of reducing appetite so that there is less caloric intake in the long run. Wondering where to start? Swap your typical bread-for-breakfast for a high protein meal that includes eggs, lentils or beans.
- Base your diet on whole foods.
This is a great approach to losing weight because it is a simple and effortless way of eliminating sugary and processed foods from one’s diet. It also helps that whole foods are naturally more filling, and this makes it easier to remain within limits of one’s daily calorie intake. In line with these whole foods, it is also important to avoid processed foods. Research indicates that many foods are engineered to stimulate binge eating, and this must be avoided as much as possible.
- Stock up on healthy foods to snack on in between meals.
For many people, one of the simplest ways to work through the journey of weight loss is to snack up healthily. Studies reveal that the kind of food stocked at home has a significant bearing on one’s weight and subsequent eating patterns. By avoiding junk food and stocking up healthier snacks, it is easy to lose the weight gradually. There are easy ways to prepare healthy snacks and build a healthy snacking habit. Some of the snacks that do not require a lot of preparation include carrots, whole fruits, nuts, fruit salad and boiled eggs among others. The same fruits are applicable when it comes to eating on the go.
- Reduce the amount of added sugar in your diet.
Increased sugar intake is one of the leading causes of weight gain across the world. Additionally, added sugar has been linked to diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension. The most important thing to note here is that this does not always manifest as sugar added to beverages; it is hidden in a wide variety of processed foods. Since sugar in such foods may be indicated by any other name, it becomes difficult to ascertain the precise amount of sugar a given food contains. As a general guide, you want to avoid processed foods AND the added sugar in beverages and pastries.
- Increase your water intake.
Research indicates that drinking adequate amounts of water not only increases the amount of calories burned, it also works because it is a subtle approach to eliminating beverages that are high in calories. If the taste of water comes across as ‘plain’, it may be helpful to add lemon wedges or cucumber slices for that refreshing effect. Water is also ideal in helping manage liquid calories, that is beverages that contain high amounts of calories. Think milk shakes, fruit juice, power drinks and soft drinks that are often laden with sugar. It is interesting to note that these liquid calories can cause a subtle increase in weight since the brain may not consciously record these calories in the same way as solid calories.
- Restrict the amount of refined carbohydrates in your diet.
Refined carbohydrates, by definition, are carbohydrates whose nutrients and fiber have been removed during processing. The end result is carbohydrates which are extremely easy to digest, but which also increase the chances of overeating. Examples of food in this category include white bread, white rice, pastries, candy, pasta and cereals among others. The best way to counter this is by taking whole wheat products with no added sugar. In relation to this, you may also be interested in a low-carb diet that limits the amount of carbohydrates in your meal, and therefore helps lower your caloric intake.
- Replace fat with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is recommended for losing weight because it is rich in healthy fats that are metabolized in a distinct way from other fats. This helps with weight loss, but it is important to mention that coconut oil is not added to diet per se, but is instead used to replace other sources of fat.
- Take probiotics.
Probiotics are sources of live bacteria that ensure the optimal function of the gut by increasing the population of the ‘good’ bacteria. Scientific research indicates that in obese people, these types of bacteria are often lacking. Probiotics help regulate the population of healthy bacteria with great effects on weight loss.
- Manage stress and get enough rest
Losing weight is often a result of stress reduction, healthy eating patterns and ample rest for interested persons. Stress has been shown to trigger emotional eating, which in turn causes massive weight gain. To counter this, take time to recharge and refuel to avoid burn out. It is also important to get enough rest to allow the body to rejuvenate.
The remedies and tips mentioned above provide a synergistic approach to losing weight, and are interdependent. Perhaps the most important of these solutions is to incorporate exercise routines to avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle. Cardio seems to be especially effective in burning calories and reducing the accumulation of belly fat. Excellent examples of cardio exercises include cycling, jogging, hiking, running and swimming among others. Lifting weights is also recommended to help build muscle mass and increase the body’s rate of burning calories. Lastly, it is important to focus on a lifestyle change rather than dieting for long-term benefits and to be a healthier, fitter individual.