How can ginger help reduce weight?
Ginger is a flowering plant widely used as a spice. Even though it does not look like such but it is one of the plants with widest variety of uses healing properties. We have written and article where we have talked about the many uses of ginger but here we will try to look into ginger’s ability to help lose weight. It can help speed up the metabolism, meaning that all the the food you ate during the day gets quickly digested and does not have time to be transformed into fat to be deposited on your problem areas. If you eat ginger regularly, the fat will be burned faster, and toxins from the body will be completely gone, because ginger also has a diuretic effect.
Once weight loss is achieved, your skin will not get saggy and flabby because ginger can make it taut and rejuvenate it, smoothing fine lines on the face and removing signs of fatigue. Another reason to incorporate ginger into your diet is that it can help eliminate and prevent cellulite! The spice gives the skin elasticity and helps get rid of the ugly “orange peel” on your thighs and buttocks.
Before you get too excited let me note that this is not a way to eliminate healthy eating and/or exercise. It will only work as an addition to a healthy clean diet and good workout routine. When choosing the right diet for you make sure it does not include processed and high-calorie foods and drink lots of water during your workouts.
Ginger tea for weight loss
The best use of ginger when trying to lose weight is to use it in a tea. Here are a few recipes that are very simple, but at the same time, very effective.
#1 Lemon and Ginger
- With a fine grated peel the ginger root
- Boil some water in a kettle and pour it in a cup or a glass
- Add a slice of lemon and a teaspoon of grated ginger and stir
This tea should be drunk warm or cold every half hour, at least 64 ounces per day. Tonic properties of ginger tea will give you strength and provide energy for the whole day.
#2 Ginger, Lemon and Cucumber
- Pour 2 liters of boiling water into a saucepan
- Add lemon to taste, mint, 2 peeled and chopped cucumbers and two teaspoons of grated ginger root
- Cover the pan with a lid and let it sit overnight
This tea can also be drunk hot or cold. Use glass bottles for leftover tea, which can be stored in the fridge for a few days. This tea will help get rid of unpleasant sensations in the stomach, speed up metabolism and flush out the water. Try drinking around 64 ounces a day.
#3 Ginger and Garlic
- In a thermos: pour in 32 ounces of boiling water and throw two peeled and chopped cloves of garlic
- Add a teaspoon of ginger root and leave for two hours
- 32 ounces of this tea per day will be enough to lose significant amount of weight.
#4 Ginger and Green Tea
If the taste of ginger is not appealing to you, this is the recipe for tea where it is almost palpable.
Brew your favorite green tea and add a pinch of grated ginger, stir and drink. If the tea is fruity you will barely feel the taste of ginger.
#5 Ginger and Cinnamon
This recipe is will particularly appeal to those that enjoy the tart taste of ginger.
Brew a cup of green tea and throw in a few slices of ginger, cardamom pods couple, little clove and cinnamon
Mix everything well
For a more expressive taste add lemon and honey
Leave it to brew brew for half an hour and enjoy!
Pickled Ginger Diet
Pickled ginger root is often used when trying to lose weight. The use of it is especially popular in Eastern medicine. You can find pickled ginger roots at any grocery store but it is much more effective when prepared at home.
- 1 lb. fresh ginger
- 1 cup Rice Vinegar
- ½ cup dry White Wine
- 2 Tbsp. Vodka
- 3 Tbsp. Sugar
Wash thoroughly and peel the ginger root. Wait until it dries out a bit. Next, coarsely chop and toss it into the boiling water, boil it for just a couple of minutes. Remove ginger from the boiling water, let it cool and slice it thinly. Ginger is now fully ready to be pickled. In a meantime pickling juice needs to be prepared.
Mix together: sugar, vodka and wine and boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Add 2 spoons of vinegar at a time and wait for mixture to start boiling. Place chopped ginger in a glass jar and pour the cooled mixture over it, close the lid and refrigerate for a few days.
Now you are ready to begin the pickled ginger diet. Eat small amounts of it before each meal to see results within just one week!
Just like with anything there is no magic cure when it comes to losing weight. There is no one thing that will make you lose weight but adding a few things, changing a few habits will go a long way and help you lose the weight for good rather than providing you short lasting quick fix.