remedies for curing obesity

Top 10 home remedies for curing obesity - Obesity or overweight is a health syndrome in which the weight of the person gets increased because of the excessive gathering of fat in the body.

And because of this we can get many other health problems easily.

For knowing about the obesity of a person a measurement of body fat based on person’s height and weight is made which is known as Body Mass Index (BMI).

The BMI between 18.5 and 25 is considered as normal but if it is 30 or more, then the person is considered as obese.

The main reasons behind this problem are eating processed foods high in fat, unbalanced diet, excessive drinking, overeating, oversized food portions, lack of physical activity, insulin resistance, medications, lack of sufficient sleep, psychological issues, Cushing’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome, social issues etc.

The genetic factors also responsible for this problem. Obesity is a serious problem not because it increases your body weight, but also because this problem can cause you many health problems such as insulin resistance, heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, gout, gallstones, certain cancers, and other chronic illnesses.

It is necessary to defeat this problem and to do so we have to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

With the decrease of one’s weight the risk of the health problems given above will also decrease. And for this some of the home remedies are as follows:

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is very useful to defeat obesity as it stimulates metabolism, mobilized unused fat in body and it also increases energy consumption.

It is used because of it several features, its antiseptic properties, wound healing, anti-inflammatory activity, etc. It contains more than 75 different biological active substances.

According to a study which is done in 2008, shows that the phytosterol isolated from Aloe Vera was effective in reducing the body fat build-up in obese diabetic animal models.

Aloe Vera contains natural collagen protein which makes the body to work harder to absorb the proteins. And it also helps to remove toxins from the digestive system and the colon.

How to use it:

1. Take two Aloe Vera leaves and take out their pulp.

2. Now, put that pulp in a blender with one cup of citrus juice or simple water.

3. Blend both of them for two to three minutes.

4. Drink that mixture daily at least for a month.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is very rich source of fiber, vitamins like vitamin B and C, minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc and iron.

It is helpful in detoxication and it also helps to improve digestion. And healthy digestion is the key to weight loss as it helps our body to get the required essential nutrients to burn fat.

The acid named citric acid which is present in the lemon is very effective in burning fat. In the journal of Nutrition Research, a study was published in 2015.

Which showed that a lemon detox program was very effective in reducing fat and insulin resistance in a group of overweight Korean women in comparison to the control group.

How to use:

1. Take three teaspoon of lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey and half teaspoon of black pepper powder.

2. Mix all the three in a glass of water.

3. Drink it in the morning with empty stomach.

4. Practise it daily at least for three months.

3. Honey and Cinnamon

These two items are very useful as if you include them in your diet, they will help to boost your metabolism, detoxify your body and also increase your energy.

And all the above factors will help to reduce your body weight. Honey is a rich source of nutritious products which includes vitamins and minerals.

It is a natural energy booster and it has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. And it is also used in wound healing and respiratory illness.

To show the effect of honey on obesity, a study was published in 2017 in which, rats were fed with honey for four weeks had a significant reduction in excess weight gain in comparison to rats that were on a high-fat diet.

Cinnamon fights insulin resistance which helps you to avoid overeating and it also decreases oxidative stress associated with metabolic syndrome.

It is traditionally used for a number of ailments including vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence, dyspepsia, toothache, bronchitis, stomach cramps etc.

Some of the major active constituents are Cinnamaldehyde and gallic acid.

A study published in 2017 state that cinnamon may be used as a dietary supplement for the management of obesity.

How to use:

1. Take a cup of hot water and pour a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder in it.

2. Leave it for half an hour.

3. Now mix one teaspoon of organic honey in it.

4. Divide the mixture into two equal parts.

5. Dink the first half in the morning with an empty stomach, about half an hour before breakfast, and drink the next half stored in the refrigerator at night before going to bed.

4. Curry Leaves

Curry leaves are great Ayurvedic remedy to deal with obesity and diabetes related over weighting.

These curry leaves are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, calcium, carotene, vitamins A and C, nicotinic acid, fiber and oxalic acid.

It also contains several biologically active compounds such as koenidine, koenigin, triterpenoids, girinimbine etc.

The leaves are traditionally use in these problems like antidiabetic, stomachic, antidiarrheal, tonic, anthelminthic, and carminative properties.

In a report in 2014 it is shown that the extracts of curry leaves help to reduce body weight gain.

Eating 10 fresh curry leaves every day for at least three to four weeks will help you to fight with the problem of over weighting.

5. Green Tea

Another popular remedy for weight loss is green tea. Green tea is rich in polyphenols like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epigallocatechin, and epicatechin gallate which are very useful for health.

According to a study done at Penn State reveals that the compound found in green tea named epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) helps to reduce the fat gain by limiting fat absorption and increasing the body’s ability to use fat.

Another report from Penn State shows favourable results on mice. It shows that decaffeinated green tea along with exercise helped in achieving weight loss in mice.

So, green tea is a rich source of nutrients such as vitamin C, carotenoids, zinc, selenium, chromium, and other trace minerals.

To get favourable results, you must have to drink three to four cups of green tea daily to fight obesity.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

One more famous remedy for reducing excessive fat is a raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. According to the researches, it is shown as a beneficial remedy for fighting against obesity.

Using apple cider vinegar in your diet for a long time can help diabetes and weight loss. It helps in breaking down of fat and reduce the gathering of fat in your body.

How to use:

1. Take a glass of fresh water and add two teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in it.

2. Mix it well.

3. Drink the mixture daily before your meals.

Caution: Use of apple cider vinegar more than 2 tablespoon in a day can cause problems such as reduce your blood potassium levels over time and lower your bone mineral density.

7. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are also considered as an excellent remedy to cure obesity. It is rich in vitamin A and C, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron which are needed for the normal activity of muscles and nerves.

It also contains vitamin K, manganese, choline and folate. The pigment which is responsible for the red colour of the tomatoes is called Lycopene, which is beneficial for the body.

It helps the body by working as powerful antioxidant that neutralizes damage by free radicals to cells in the body.

Coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid are some other biological constituents of tomatoes. By blocking the powerful carcinogens like nitrosamines, tomatoes are helpful in fighting cancer.

Along with all this tomatoes also have antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Eating a couple of tomatoes every morning can help your body to defeat obesity. But make sure to eat the whole tomato, including its peel and seeds because they contain dietary fiber.

8. Cayenne Pepper

It contains capsaicin that stimulates your body to increase energy expenditure and burn body fat which helps to control obesity and it also decrease the body fat.

It also contains vitamin C, β carotene, and lutein, which are well known antioxidants.

According to a review paper published in 2012, Capsaicinoids were found to increase energy expenditure, lipid peroxidation, and also reduce the appetite.

With this it also suppresses the excess appetite cause by the malabsorption of nutrients in the body and also stimulate digestion.

How to use it:

1. Take cayenne pepper and pour it in a glass of hot water.

2. Now take half lemon and squeeze its juice in the water.

3. Mix them well and drink the tea regularly for a month.

9. Cabbage

Cabbage is also used as a remedy for obesity and weight loss. It contains phytochemicals that help improve the imbalance of estrogen metabolism.

Cabbage along with broccoli, kale, cauliflower, etc belongs to Brassica genus.

And all the members of Brassicaceae are a rich source of ascorbic acid, phenolic compounds, carotenoids and glucosinolates.

These plants protect the body by decreasing the risk of certain type of cancer and it also guard the body from chronic diseases.

According to a study done on various Brassica members, it is concluded that they can be safe and effective as anti-obesity agents.

To see favourable changes by cabbage on your obesity related problems, add it in your daily healthy diet.

10. Fennel

Fennel seeds have diuretic properties, and because of these properties these seeds are believed to be useful in weight loss.

Essential oil, fatty acid, phenylpropanoids, monoterpenoids, sesquiterpenes, coumarins, tannins, flavonoids etc are some of the fennel’s major compounds.

Fennel is also very useful in stomachic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

According to a study published in 2017 on obese animal models, it is shown that a diet of fennel seeds was shown to improve weight loss and decrease leptin.

Diuretics help you lose weight quickly by decreasing water retention. They do not cause long-term weight loss though.

How to use:

1. Slightly dry roast and grind fennel seeds in order to make a powder.

2. Take half teaspoon of this powder twice daily with warm water.

These are some of the home remedies which can help you to defeat obesity and by decreasing your weight. But you must have to do exercise along with these remedies. It will increase the speed of the outcome.

Written by:
Ramesh Sharma
M Pharm, MSc (Computer Science), MA (History), PGDCA, CHMS

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