Ginger is a root that has a crisp, pleasantly spicy flavor and also boasts many health benefits. One of these benefits is the ability of ginger to have a positive impact on maintaining a healthy weight—specifically, with losing weight and losing belly fat.
According to the ancient practice of Ayurveda, eating and drinking ginger root can help keep your weight under control and research has confirmed this as well.
Another study said eating ginger can reduce the weight. It is better than Orlistat, the supplement. Also with ginger you improve HDL good cholesterol and boost digestion too.
Besides keeping your weight in check, ginger can also reduce the excess belly fat. It does this by preventing overeating and regulating your hormone and energy levels. Ginger is highly satiating and prevents cravings, while the effect it has on your hormonal levels and stress prevent cortisol spikes in the blood, which can do a lot of damage to the immune system and metabolism. According to a 2004 study, ginger significantly suppresses cortisol production.
Increased cortisol levels have been known to lead to weight gain and can make it a lot harder to lose weight. This is why it’s important to reset and maintain your hormonal levels if you want to lose belly fat. Consuming ginger will help you do this, and accelerate your metabolism as well. Ginger’s sharp flavor can also boost your energy levels and help you stay in shape.
If you want to use the healing powers of ginger to lose weight, here’s what to do.
Before eating, chew on a thin slice of ginger root. This will help in regulating metabolism, stimulating digestion, reducing cortisol production and increasing energy.
You can also grate a small piece of ginger and add a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of salt, then mix the ingredients. Eating a couple of small pinches of this mixture before you eat each of your meals helps to control appetite and aid digestion.
Alternatively you can make this ginger lemon tea as lemon can also aid weight loss and I’ve mentioned it in my post on how to use lemons to lose weight.
Don’t limit your ginger intake to before meals—use ginger as a spice in your cooking whenever you can to increase your ginger intake. Cooking ginger for a short period of up to 6 minutes actually enhances its health benefits. Luckily, ginger has a tasty flavor that doesn’t need to be “masked” in order to reap the rewards the plant has to offer.
2-3 cups ginger tea daily makes you healthier and slimmer. For this, grate 1 inch ginger and put this in a cup, then pour boiled water. After steeping 10 minutes, strain it, let it cool and add honey. This fights many illnesses and helps you melt fat.
Not only does ginger aid in weight loss, it can also reduce inflammation, reduce nausea and quell vomiting, improves digestion and even kill cancer cells. You can also use ginger to make a special healing drink to detox your body and fight numerous diseases.
Dry, powdered ginger can keep for many months when stored in an airtight glass container in a cool, dark place. A fresh ginger root can be kept potent by storing it in the refrigerator and will keep for up to three weeks. You can even freeze the root to lengthen its lifespan—it will keep for up to half a year in the freezer.