1. Lime Juice With Honey
The significant health benefit of lemon is its ability to reduce weight in an individual. Obesity or being overweight have become a canker in our modern society. Thank God lemons are proving to be one of the best natural ways to lose weight.
Lemon juice and honey mixed with lukewarm water is ideal for you every morning if you want to lose weight. Studies have shown that people who are more on alkaline diets tend to lose weight faster and lemon have quite high alkaline composition when in the body.
2. Cinnamon and Honey
Cinnamon is very popular spice used in many desserts and soup broth's but what you may not know is that it has many benefits for anyone looking to loose weight. First of all it has properties that boost brain function and mood which is always a bonus when trying to push through a hard workout or stick to a diet.
- Putting 1 teaspoon of honey & 1/2 spoon of ground cinnamon into 1 single cup of water.
- Bring the mixture to the boil, then strain it. Separate the liquids into 2 servings.
- Drink 1 portion early in the morning just before you have your breakfast. Drink the other portion of the mixture in the evening just before you go to bed. Supposedly, this concoction of ground cinnamon sticks and honey prevents the body from storing fat.
3. Ginger Tea
Ginger has been used as a medicine to ease upset tummies for centuries, and is also popular as a remedy for travel sickness. It has both calming and pain-relieving qualities, and is a great digestive aid.
So how does it help you to lose weight?
When taken as a tea, with honey, half an hour before your main meal of the day, ginger acts as a appetite suppressant.
Chop a tablespoon of the fresh root finely, then pour boiling water over it. Leave this tea to draw for five minutes, then add a teaspoon of honey.
You'll find that you're less hungry, and that you eat less. You're also less prone to cravings -- honey gives you a quick burst of energy, and the ginger helps your digestion.
The big benefit of ginger is that it's normalizing: it helps your body to work better. When you're overweight, your body's systems tend to be sluggish. Ginger balances them. Not only does it help you to feel great, you'll look great too.
Ginseng is among the most well known herbal supplements. Its source is a group of perennial plants in the Panax genus. It is especially valuable for weight loss, although false rumors regarding weight gain have spread in recent times.
The primary function by which Ginseng assists in losing weight is through better regulation of blood glucose levels. It helps us produce more insulin, increases our sensitivity to existing insulin (reduces insulin resistance), and reduces cell death in our pancreas.
- 1 tsp of chopped ginseng
- 8 ounces of fresh water
- raw honey/lemon to taste (optional)
Roughly chop the root and measure out 1 teaspoon per cup of water. Bring water to a boil and then pour over the ginseng, allowing it to steep for 5-9 minutes. Strain, add honey or lemon if you like, and drink 1-2 times daily.
5. Dandelion and Peppermint
Dandelion and peppermint tea is a drink that will prolong the life of your liver and keep it healthy. The liver plays a very central role in the body's metabolic process. Many of these functions affect weight management. The liver is full of cells that break down the fat cells stored so they can be used as energy. These cells also break down and absorb fat, which can also be used for energy expenditure. The list of functions that your liver is responsible for goes on, however the bottom line is that dandelion helps keep the liver healthy. Having a healthy liver is more beneficial overall for weight reduction.
- 1 tsp of dried dandelion leaves
- 1 tsp dried peppermint leaves
- 8 ounces of boiling water
- Lemon to tast
Pour a cup of boiling water over the dandelion and peppermint and steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Strain, add lemon to taste if you like, and drink a cup twice daily. You can also make this with fresh dandelion leaves/roots and fresh peppermint, just use a rough handful of the fresh leaves for the amount. If you do use fresh, be absolutely certain that there have been no chemicals applied to them- this is especially important for dandelion. If you use dandelion on a regular basis, I suggest growing your own.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is not just a saturated fat, it contains special fats that will help you use energy (calories) more effectively. This alone will not promote weight loss, however if you replace coconut oil with other fats that you have been using then this will help you burn of excess fats.