Overweight is a serious issue and the first symptom of unhealthiness. Weight gain changes your image more than anything; it makes you look bulky and unattractive. But the most serious issue is that overweight may lead to various health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and others. It may be normal to gain a little weight with age, but it should be kept in check permanently. Gaining weight may be due to genetic predisposition or the result of unhealthy habits.
No matter what is the reason for gaining weight, there is always a way to get rid of additional weight if you practice and follow healthy tips and remedies…. Losing weight is a long term engagement that requires dedication, willpower and sacrifices. This may require from you to stop doing something that you actually like to do usually. This is not meant to discourage you, but you should be aware that weight loss means hard work and you need to follow the necessary steps consistently and only then you will begin to see a difference.
Some people try various diets in their endeavor to lose weight, but while they do work in some cases, for many people they will not be of much help in weight loss. If you are one of these people, you may opt for an easily accessible remedy you may follow at home. There are many remedies that have proven effectiveness in many cases. You can find some of these remedies listed below.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a great remedy to use if you want to do weight loss. It contains potassium, magnesium and calcium, which are all good for detoxifying your body and remove excess fluid. It helps restore the good bacteria in your stomach and colon, which improves digestion and assimilation of food and also acts further to detoxify the organism. Apple cider vinegar helps break down fat, thus preventing the accumulation of body fat.
In order to follow this remedy, you will need organic apple cider vinegar. Do not use distilled or processed vinegars. So, put 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of lukewarm water, add a teaspoon of honey and mix well. For best results drink this at least three times a day, preferably at least 5 minutes before your meal. Some sources recommend drinking it an hour before eating. In some sources it is also suggested to drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You will quite soon feel the effects of this remedy.
2. Salmon Fish
Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which increase the amount of the hormone leptin that is known for suppressing hunger. Omega-3 along with vitamin D stimulates brown fat metabolism, which is exactly the type of fat you need to get rid of. So, eating salmon is very healthy. Try to replace one meal a day with salmon, baked or fried, any way you like it, just do not use much oil to cook it. Eating salmon will help you reduce weight drastically. Besides its effects on fat, omega-3 is very important for the brain, heart and some other parts of the body. It is also beneficial for depression, mental health and prevention of cardiovascular disease. If you eat salmon at least 1-2 times per week, the benefits of it will not take too long to appear. If you don’t like salmon you could also try tuna, herring, and mackerel which also are rich in omega-3.
3. Green Tea
Green tea is very beneficial for your health; it has plenty of antioxidants and also has thermogenic properties. Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in organisms. Thermogenesis increases the consumption of energy and burns body fat faster. Green tea makes you feel full, so you eat only the amount of food you need, not more. It also helps reduce the amount of fat your organism absorbs from food. This is helpful for reducing the cholesterol level, as well as for weight loss. Green tea is also rich in nutrients like vitamin C, carotenoids, zinc, selenium, chromium and others.
In order to make green tea help your weight loss efforts, replace your regular morning coffee or tea with green tea. This will speed up your metabolism from the very morning and will allow your organism to burn more calories during the day. Besides, green tea has plenty of caffeine to help you start the day. Throughout the day drink 4-5 cups of green tea, this will make you feel full and you will not concentrate on binge eating. It is a good idea to drink a cup of green tea before or after meals.
4. Carrots and Cabbages
It is considered that adding more carrots and cabbage to your diet can help in breaking down fat. So it is a good idea to add more raw carrots and cabbage to your diet.
Cabbage contains tartaric acid which inhibits conversion of sugar and carbohydrates into fat. Besides this, cabbage is rich in vitamin C and is low in calories. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and contains phytochemicals that help correct the imbalance of estrogen that causes the body to store more fat and is a promoting factor of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and others.
Carrots are an incredibly rich source of beta-carotene and also contain a high amount of fibers, most of which are soluble fiber calcium pectate. Soluble fiber is a great help in reducing the blood-cholesterol level. Beta-carotene contained in carrots is also good for preventing cancer of the stomach, cervix, uterus, and the oral cavity. Carrots are also a source of antioxidants that help prevent heart disease.
Lemon juice is one of the best and cheapest home remedies for weight loss. Lemon juice improves digestion, helps with the detoxification of your body and also helps it get the necessary nutrients for burning fat. It also removes toxins that slow down the metabolism, thus helping in weight loss. If you drink hot water with lemon instead of coffee with sugar or fruit juice, it can help you lose weight. Drinking a cup of water with lemon juice before meals will help your digestion and it will also fill up the stomach so you will eat less during meals.
A recipe to follow using lemon juice is to mix three teaspoons of lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey and a half teaspoon of black pepper powder (or one quarter teaspoon if it is freshly ground black pepper) in a glass of water. Drink this in the morning on an empty stomach. Repeat every day during three months. This will keep your digestive system in good form and will assist in weight loss.
6. Olive oil
Olive oil is one of the best cooking oils, especially virgin olive oil. It is rich in monounsaturated fats that help in reducing the level of the LDL cholesterol (which is bad for your body) and improves the level of HDL cholesterol (which is good). Olive oil is also rich in vitamin E and has anti-inflammatory properties. The oxidants in olive oil help in fighting the free radicals in the bloodstream which are the cause of some of the effects of aging and some types of cancer. Consumption of 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil daily considerably reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease, and when combined with a Mediterranean style diet helps in the process of weight loss. Even the smell of extra virgin olive oil may lead to a sensation of satiety. Olive oil reduces the number of calories consumed during meals. But make no mistake, olive oil does not burn fat, it only assists you in taking in less calories than you burn, which is actually what losing weight is all about.
Cinnamon is known to target specifically the extra weight in the stomach region. Added to your eating habits cinnamon, can be a real help in weight loss. Cinnamon in itself does not make you lose weight, but it does keep you feeling full. Cinnamon slows down the emptying of the stomach and prolongs the amount of time you do not feel hungry, and thus makes you eat less. Cinnamon also helps in the proper digestion of food, which means it will help your organism extract more nutrients from food and you will not need to eat excessively. When your body gets an excess of sugar, the liver converts it to fatty acids and fat. Cinnamon increases the absorption of sugar, transforming it into energy, so your body will store less fatty acids.
Follow this remedy to help you in weight loss: pour a cup of hot water over a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder (or cinnamon sticks) and let it steep for half an hour. Then add one teaspoon of organic honey and mix. Drink half of the cup in the morning, on an empty stomach and store the rest in the refrigerator. Drink the rest in the evening before going to bed.
8. Early Dinner for Losing Weight
Eat your dinner early and go to bed at a decent hour in order to avoid overeating at night. Early dinners can help you lose weight, if you limit your calorie intake. If you will reduce the intake of calories by 500 to 1000 calories daily, you will be able to lose up to 2 pounds per week. An amount of 1000 to 1600 calories per day is most appropriate for weigh loss for women, for men it is 1200 to 1600 calories. The timing and size of your dinner and other meals is just as important during your weight loss endeavor. You should eat small portions every few hours; this will increase your metabolism and reduce the risk of overeating. You should have dinner a few hours before going to bed in order to avoid late night hunger. Going to bed hungry is also counterproductive for weight loss. The composition of your meals is important for your weight loss effort as well. Boosting the protein intake makes you feel full from fewer calories while burning more. If you eat protein for dinner, it will prevent the feeling of hunger right before bedtime or in the middle of the night. Protein rich foods you could use for dinner are chicken, seafood, egg whites, cottage cheese, low-fat milk and yogurt, soy products, nuts and others. An important element of your weight loss program should be sleep. If you get too little sleep, it may alter the appetite-regulating hormones and you will end up eating more, thus increasing the calorie intake. A seven to eight hours sleep, however, helps to control appetite and allows less weight gain compared to just five hours of sleep.
9. Exercising for Weight Loss
Exercise is very important when it comes to weight control. But exercise alone does not help you lose weight. As do not the other remedies without exercise. Eating healthy is important, but you should also do exercise because this is an important part of any weight loss program. The best exercises for losing weight are those which contain a cardio aspect and a toning aspect, because they will allow a faster result. There is no certain recommended type of exercise that you can do to help your loss weigh effort, so the best exercise will be the one that you actually do, not the one you are thinking of doing. Keep in mind that in order to reduce body fat, a considerable amount of physical exercise is required. The amount of effort needed for exercise to have an effect on your weight will be different for each person due to the biological and genetic characteristics of each person in part. Discontinuing exercise just because it has no visible effect on weight loss is not a very good idea, because this may be just the thing that is helping the other elements of your weight loss program, and besides exercise has a lot of other benefits besides weight control.