I know how annoying it is to easily gain weight, but find it a struggle to lose it, especially we Nigerians who hardly have enough time for ourselves. But what if I told you there is a means to lose weight easy – without spending hours in the gym or dieting till the only thing you eat is one egg a day (or nothing at all)?
What if you can shed all those extra weight from just adding few herbs to your meals?
Well I’m going to show you ten herbs that are sure to melt those fats of you, leaving behind lean, toned muscles.
I’m sure you didn’t know that your everyday Zobo drink (hibiscus tea) is actually a great weight loss remedy, But this simple herb–which is packed with flavonoids, minerals and nutrients– is certain to guaranty you a rapid weight loss.
How does Zobo (hibiscus) help in weight loss?
How It works is by preventing carbohydrate absorption with the help of an enzyme inhibitor called phaseolamin. By so doing, it prevents all the extra weight that you would have gotten from the excess sugar broken down from carbohydrates.
Apart from that, Zobo drink is also a natural diuretic, and by this, I mean it is able to excrete all the excess fluid that is retained in your body–getting rid of your water weight (bloating). Hibiscus tea (Zobo drink) also contains antioxidants which increases your body metabolism, so you get to burn more calories.
How to use zobo drink for weight loss.
When you get your dried zobo leaves, first thing you do is wash them. Then you get a pot and fill it up with water, add your zobo leaves and boil. You can add pineapple peels or ginger for taste. Once it boils, sieve out the leaves and drink hot or chilled cold. Remember you are trying to lose weight, so don’t add sugar.
Ginger, apart from serving as a spice in your kitchen, is also a powerful herb for weight loss. For those that are mainly focused on losing belly fat, this herb is great for you. Ginger also serves as a natural remedy for various digestive disorders such as vomiting, stomach upset and gastritis. You can also use ginger as a quick fix for cold and cough.
How does Ginger help in weight loss?
The caffeine found in ginger perks up your body’s metabolism, which means you get to burn more calories and lose weight as a result. Also, ginger is capable of curbing your hunger pangs, suppressing your appetite and preventing you from over eating. It’s also great for preventing and fighting obesity, as it keeps your blood sugar level low. Due to this, it can also be used to manage diabetes.
How to use Ginger for weight loss.
To achieve your desired weight loss, ginger can be used in various ways. Apart from its main use as a spice, you can simply chew on a fresh ginger root.
You can as well add it to your drink (like fruit juice) or you can make ginger tea with it. Making ginger tea just involves boiling pounded or grated ginger. You sieve it once it boils and drink.
Tea plant (Green tea).
Tea plant, popularly know as green tea, is a weight loss herb that is very rich in antioxidants and also has thermogenic (heat-causing) properties that burns off those extra fat.
How does Green tea help to lose weight?
Green tea is rich in flavonoids, caffeine and catechin ( its active compound ), that boosts your metabolism and increases fat oxidation, which simply means it burns your fat faster.
In addition, green tea is capable of reducing blood sugar, which enables it to suppress your appetite, thereby reducing your food intake. And with it’s diuretic properties, which helps eliminate excess fluid from your body, you get to lose a great deal of water weight.
Adding to all this, the large amount of catechin (called EGCG) in green tea, reduces the amount of fat being digested. This not only helps you lose weight, but also in reducing your cholesterol level.
For the best results, you can substitute your usual drinks (wine, soda, juice etc) with green tea. Make sure to take it regularly, even before meals (preferably 30minuites beforehand), to suppress your hunger and limit your food intake.
How to use green tea for weight loss.
Boil your water and let it cool down for at least three minutes (since very hot water is bad for the catechin). Pour the water in a cup and add a spoon or two of green tea. Let it brew for a minute before sieving. You can brew for much longer according to your taste.
How does Aloe vera help in weight loss?
It’s gel is rich in powerful antioxidants that help you in detoxifying your body. The benefits of detoxifying includes the elimination of toxins from your body, improved health and weight loss. Aloe vera also boosts your metabolism, so your body burns more calories, which in turn, makes you drop all the extra weight.
Another amazing property of the aloe vera is it’s laxative property; this aids digestion and helps you shed those annoying water weight.
How to use aloe vera juice for weight loss.
You can use aloe vera in your juice or tea, or better still, in making aloe vera juice. All you need is a pan, water and the aloe vera gel. Turn up the heat, pour some water into the pan and add your aloe vera gel to it. You need to stir this mixture constantly until the aloe vera melts into the water.
Note: Aloe vera tea should be taken in a moderate quantity to prevent side effects such as stomach upset and diarrhea.
Ginseng is a popular herb in Asian continent. It has various health benefits and it’s also a very effective weight loss remedy that you can use to control obesity and also manage diabetes. Its health benefits includes strengthening of the immune system, lowering cholesterol level and, for men, increasing libido.
How does Ginseng help in weight loss?
Consumption of ginseng prompts you to lose weight by enhancing your metabolism which makes you burn fat faster. It also causes loss of appetite, making you to eat less and hence, lose lots of calories. Ginseng also energises you, so you can be active for a long time and burn those body fats.
Another benefit of ginseng is it’s ability to make your body’s cells to store less fat. It does this by delaying intestinal fat absorption.
How to use Ginseng for weight loss.
Ginseng can be consumed in many forms:
•Fresh/ dried ginseng root.
The powdery form of ginseng can be used as spice for your food, or you can add it to any drink of your choice. The energy drink can be taken at any time, but please take capsules moderately. If your are diabetic or have cancer, consult your doctor before consumption.
Now if you decide to use the roots, you can consume this herb by making it into a tea. To make ginseng tea, peel the root and cut six to seven slices. Boil water in a pan then bring it down to cool. Then add the slices to the hot water and allow it to brew for about 10-15 minutes. Sieve the roots out and drink your tea. You can add honey and cinnamon for taste.
Tumeric has been used as a spice, beauty product and traditional medicine for centuries in India. And now its been discovered to also have weight loss benefits. Its active compound, curcumin, makes this herb an effective fat burner.
How does Tumeric help in weight loss?
Tumeric has antiinflammatory properties that helps reduce inflammation from your body. Inflammation is associated with obesity and excessive fat gain.
This herb is also great for digestion. It does this by relieving stomach disorders such as bloating and gas. Tumeric can also be used to improve your bowel movement that contributes to weight loss.
Even diabetes can be managed by consuming tumeric as it regulate blood sugar levels and prevents insulin resistance. Due to this, excess fat is not retained in your body and you get to lose weight too.
Another way tumeric helps you to lose weight is by increasing your bile production. Bile is a digestive juice that helps in the emulsification of fat, and this simply means it breaks down the fat in the food you’ve eaten. This process reduces the amount of fat retained in the blood, decreasing blood sugar level and causing great weight loss.
How to use Tumeric for weight loss.
Tumeric can be used as a spice. Add it generously in your meals. You can also make tea with it, either the fresh or dried root. To do this, you simply crush the tumeric with a mortar and pestle, or grate it. Add it to a cup of warm water to brew for a minute (or as long as you desire) then sieve out the herb and drink.
This herb is an excellent weight loss remedy that has several health benefits as well. For the health benefits, cinnamon helps in proper food digestion. It also helps to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol level.
How does Cinnamon help in weight loss?
Cinnamon makes you eat less which reduces your calorie intake. It also boosts your body’s metabolism, which burns down those excess fat and prompts them to keep burning to prevent it from storing in your body.
In addition, cinnamon also slows down the movement of food in your stomach, making it digest slowly. Due to this, you feel full for a long time and eat much less– reducing your food intake and body weight.
One more way in which cinnamon causes weight loss, is its capability to suppress your appetite, making you eat less. By so doing, you cut down your calorie intake which leads to weight loss.
How to use Cinnamon for weight loss.
You can use cinnamon as a spice for all your meals or for making cinnamon tea to drink. To make the tea, just add one or two spoons of cinnamon powder in a cup of hot water and stir. If you have the bark, you can brew it in a pot of hot water or leave it to soak in lukewarm water overnight. You can add lemon for taste.
Cayenne pepper is a thermogenic spice that generates heat, just as it’s name suggests–Thermo meaning heat.
How does Cayenne pepper help in weight loss?
This spice generates heat by speeding up your metabolism and, in turn, burns off your excess fats. The active compound of cayenne pepper, capsaicin, also dissolves fat tissue and decreases food intake by curbing your appetite and inducing fullness. It also curbs your desire to eat more after a meal, preventing you from overeating.
How to use cayenne pepper to lose weight.
The major use of cayenne pepper is as a spice for you meals, but you can also add it to any drink of your choice, but in small amounts.
You might not be too found of garlic because of it’s pungent smell, but this spice offers great health benefits such as weight loss.
Garlic is known to boost immunity, reduce blood pressure and is an effective antiinflammatory. Also, it protects your blood vessel from injury, thereby reducing the risks of heart diseases.
How does Garlic help in weight loss?
Now for those looking for a way to get rid of those excess fats around the waist and stomach, this herb is ideal. Its active compound, allicin, curbs your hunger and boosts your metabolism, making you lose weight rapidly.
How to use garlic for weight loss.
Garlic is primarily used as a kitchen spice for your meals, but you can also make garlic tea out of it. You can make the tea by pounding a few clovers using a mortar and pestle, then adding it to a cup of hot water to brew. A little honey can be added for taste.
Black Pepper is a low- calorie spice that has numerous health benefits– weight loss included– due to its richness in vitamins, nutrients, dietary fibres and healthy fats.
How does Black Pepper help in weight loss?
Black pepper’s active compound, piperine, prevents fat differentiation (which causes fat cell formation), and enhanced fat metabolism.
How to use black pepper for weight loss.
Black pepper can be used as a spice in your everyday cooking. It can also be added to any drink of your choice but do so in moderate quantity. Another way to use this spice is by consuming directly (Take note: Black pepper is very spicy). This spice also has an oil that can be bought from a pharmacy. A drop or two in a glass of water is all that is needed. Lastly, you can make black pepper tea from this spice by adding it to a cup of hot water.
Many of the above listed herbs have similar properties and dissolves fat in the same way, So all you need to do is select the herbs that are suited to your needs . Pick two or more herbs that can be easily incorporated into your everyday meals and watch those weight burn off you. Most of these herbs are easy to acquire, but some like ginseng might not be readily found in your local market or pharmacy. To procure them you can order them online.
But please have it in the back of your mind that these herbs are not “weight loss miracle herbs”, no, they are simply herbs that improve your general health and helps in weight loss. So their effects are not instant but they are long lasting.
And please don’t depend solely on these herbs for your weight loss, a change in your lifestyle to a more healthier and active one, and eating healthy meals, will also help you to lose the weight.
More importantly, If you have diabetes, cancer or, for women,are pregnant, please consult with your doctor to make sure that these herbs don’t interfer with your drugs.
If you agree with the above list or have any other herbs to add to it, please leave your comments below.
Have a good day.