There are no magic tricks to managing and maintaining a healthy weight.
The secret formula is really just a combination of consuming a nutritious and well-balanced diet and observing regular physical activity but the most important element that many people lack is consistency. This is actually a very obvious and simple fact.
However, its simplicity is also probably why it is taken for granted far too often.
You might ask, if a healthy diet and regular exercise are all it takes to shed off those extra pounds, then what is the purpose of this article?
Well, while the combination of a good diet and regular physical activity is indeed the key, there are still some natural recipes and remedies that will immensely help you in achieving your objective.
If you use these natural remedies on top of diet and exercise, then losing weight and managing it will be made much easier and faster.
If you want to learn more about these, keep reading.
Green tea infused with ginger
For quite some time, green tea has been believed to be effective in promoting weight loss. More studies need to be done in order to verify if it is indeed effective and how well.
There have been some studies that did not produce any confirmatory results.
However, some studies have shown that green tea’s three primary components are indeed helpful in managing weight.
These three are:
Theanine is an amino acid that promotes dopamine release. Dopamine is a chemical that gives you a feeling of relaxation and happiness.
Thus, if you have a habit of eating when you are stressed or anxious, this may help. In addition, it balances the effects of caffeine to prevent feeling nervous and on the edge.
The caffeine gives you an energy boost and speeds up to several bodily processes such as metabolism. Metabolism plays an important role in weight loss.
Catechins are flavonoids rich in antioxidants. Studies have proven that catechins are effective in decreasing fat absorption in the intestinal tract.
We recommend adding a bit of ginger to your green tea. This is beneficial for digestion and enhances the flavor at the same time.
You will need the ingredients listed below:
- 8oz of clean, drinking water
- 1 teaspoon green tea
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder or half an inch of fresh ginger root (peeled and julienned)
- Pure, organic, raw honey (this is optional and only if you need to sweeten your tea)
Put the ginger and green tea together in a sieve or strainer. Pour 8oz of boiling water over them. Steep for about three minutes. If you steep it longer than this, it could taste bitter.
Put some raw honey if you have to sweeten the tea. However, do not put sugar or milk. Drink one to two cups of this tea every day. Make sure that you drink it on an empty stomach.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water is not just about making you feel full all the time. This is a common misconception.
Many people think that this weight loss tip is so that you won’t be tempted to eat so much since you are already full because of all the water. This is partially true.
However, the main reason why drinking plenty of water is important is that it is necessary to make sure your bodily processes run smoothly.
These bodily processes include metabolism and fat burning. In addition, it is important to control appetite, prevent cravings, and flush out toxins from your body.
The ideal daily water intake should be eight tall glasses of purified drinking water. Stay away from specialty waters or flavored waters.
These contain so many artificial flavors that they could be as bad as carbonated soda. Get your dose of vitamins from supplements or from nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Get sufficient sleep
The human body is like a machine. If one of the machine’s parts gets broken or is not working properly, then the entire machine won’t work properly.
In other words, in order for all bodily processes to run smoothly, every part of the body needs to be working properly and harmoniously with each other.
It has been proven by numerous studies that being deprived of enough sleep even for just four nights resulted in higher resistance to insulin and makes your metabolism lower.
As a matter of fact, it ages metabolism for ten to twenty years. The sensitivity, to insulin, of fat cells decreased by a substantial 30%. This level is only normally seen in individuals who have diabetes or those who are obese.
Getting sufficient sleep does not only mean you are getting your body some rest but also guarantees that your entire system is working at its best, and increases your chances of a successful weight loss and management.
A mixture of lemon juice and black pepper
Lemon juice helps break down the food you eat, promoting healthy digestion. Black pepper, on the other hand, contains piperine. This is the compound that gives it its strong flavor.
Numerous recent studies have suggested that piperine is capable of the following: Improves nutrient absorption Decreases fat levels in the bloodstream. Interferes with the genes controlling the production of fat cells.
To use this home remedy, the ingredients listed below are needed:
- Purified, drinking water
- Freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
- A couple of sprinkles of black pepper (freshly ground)
Combine the water and lemon juice. Then, add a bit of freshly ground black pepper (roughly three to four turns of the grinder).
Drink this concoction once a day after eating.
Pause between bites
When your stomach is finally full, it will take an additional twenty minutes for your brain to know so.
Thus, you tend to overeat and suddenly feel really full and bloated afterward. To avoid this, make it a habit to put down your spoon or fork after each bite.
This might seem like a silly thing to do, but trust me, those additional few minutes between each bite help a lot to prevent overeating.
If you are struggling to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, then give these natural remedies a try. Just keep in mind, these natural remedies alone are not enough.
You still need to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet and exercise regularly.
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