How To Lose Weight With Ginger April 11, 2017

Tired of trying different diets to lose weight? Are you stuck at the same weight, no matter how much you push yourself? Then, you need to fuel your weight loss with ginger. This humble root does more than just adding flavor to your food – it is a natural weight loss agent prescribed in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. By incorporating ginger into your diet and following a healthy lifestyle, you can shed flab quickly. Ginger also helps to protect from nausea, pain, hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. In this article, we will discuss how ginger aids weight loss, how to use ginger for weight loss, ginger tea recipes for weight loss, and much more. So, start using ginger today, and look fabulous in no time. Let’s begin!

How Ginger Aids Weight Loss

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  • Ginger contains an active phenolic compound known as gingerol. According to a study, gingerol helps to reduce weight, improves lipid profile, and reduces glucose and insulin levels (1).
  • A study was conducted by American scientists to evaluate the thermic effect of ginger powder consumption. The results clearly indicated that people who included ginger powder in their diet had increased thermogenesis (amount of energy expended in addition to the energy expended in the resting phase for the digestion and absorption of food) and suppressed appetite (2).
  • Scientists have also unraveled the reason ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. In one study, researchers discovered that ginger helps to inhibit the expression of genes involved in inflammatory response (3). Another study conducted on type 2 diabetic patients revealed that ginger could help reduce low-grade inflammation, one the most common complications of diabetes type 2 (4). Inflammation is related to obesity and insulin resistance, and ginger can help reduce inflammation-induced weight gain (5).
  • Ginger also has antioxidant properties. It helps to scavenge the hydroxyl radicals and superoxide anions that lead to toxic build-up and DNA damage (6). Consuming ginger can help nullify the toxic build-up.
  • The British Journal of Nutrition also published a report stating that scientists found that ginger possesses blood sugar, blood cholesterol, and lipid lowering properties (7).
  • Researchers have also found ginger to stimulate gastric emptying and antral contractions. This helps to flush out the toxins and support proper digestion, which in turn aids weight loss (8).

In short, ginger helps to reduce inflammation, acts as an antioxidant, increases glucose sensitivity, and stimulates the GI tract – which make it the perfect spice to add to your food or tea to lose weight (9). Let’s find out how you can include ginger in your daily food.

How To Use Ginger In Recipes For Weight Loss

  • Add 1 teaspoon of ginger juice to your morning detox water to aid bowel movement.
  • Grate a 1-inch ginger root and add it to your breakfast smoothie to give it an extra zing.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of finely chopped ginger to your Spanish omelet for breakfast.
  • Add crushed ginger to green or black tea and consume it 20 minutes before you have your meals to suppress your appetite.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of grated ginger or ginger paste to roasted chicken or turkey to give it an earthy, Asian flavor.
  • Add ginger to your curry to give it a nice aroma and taste.
  • You can add ginger to cakes, muffins, oatmeal cookies, and biscuits.
  • Add ginger to your salad dressing to make it flavorful and exciting.
  • You can chew a small piece of raw ginger.
  • Add ginger to soups or stir-fries to help enhance the flavor.

It is best to consume raw ginger or ginger tea for best results. Here’s how you can prepare ginger tea.

How To Prepare Ginger Tea For Weight Loss

1. Pure Ginger Tea

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Ingredients
  • ½ inch ginger root
  • 1 cup water
How To Prepare
  1. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the ginger root.
  2. Bring a cup of water to a boil.
  3. Now, add the ginger root to the boiling water and simmer it for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea into a cup.

You can also add different herbs and spices to break the monotony of plain ginger tea. Here are a few ways to do that.

2. Ginger And Cinnamon Tea

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Cinnamon is also a weight loss agent, and if you like its aroma, this tea is for you. Here’s how you can prepare it.

Ingredients
  • ½ inch crushed ginger root
  • ¼ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup water
How To Prepare
  1. Add Ceylon cinnamon powder to a cup of water and let it steep overnight.
  2. In the morning, strain the water and boil it.
  3. Add the crushed ginger root and boil it for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain the ginger cinnamon tea into a cup.

3. Ginger And Mint Tea

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If you do not like the taste of pure ginger tea, you can add some mint to it and benefit from both ginger’s and mint’s weight loss properties. This tea can also help reduce stress. Here’s how you can make it.

Ingredients
  • ½ inch crushed ginger root
  • 4-5 chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup water
How To Prepare
  1. Boil a cup of water.
  2. Add the crushed ginger root and chopped mint leaves to it and let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove it from the flame and let it stand for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain the ginger and mint tea into a cup.

4. Ginger And Lemon Tea

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Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and nullify the toxic build-up. Here’s how you can prepare and enjoy a cup of ginger lemon tea early in the morning.

Ingredients
  • ½ inch crushed ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
How To Prepare
  1. Bring a cup of water to a boil.
  2. Add the crushed ginger to it and let it boil for 1 minute.
  3. Remove it from the flame and let it steep for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain the ginger tea into a cup.
  5. Add the lemon juice and stir well.

5. Ginger And Honey Tea

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Honey is a natural sweetener and has antibacterial properties. Adding honey to your cup of ginger tea will help prevent bacterial infections, soothe your stomach, and, of course, accelerate weight loss. Here’s how you can prepare it.

Ingredients
  • ½ inch crushed ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • 1 cup water
How To Prepare
  1. Boil a cup of water and add the crushed ginger root to it.
  2. Let it boil for a minute. Remove from the flame and let it steep for a minute.
  3. Strain the ginger tea into a cup.
  4. Add a teaspoon of organic honey. Stir well before drinking.

These five delicious ginger tea recipes will definitely motivate you to drink ginger tea twice a day. Now, the next big question is, how much ginger can you consume per day to accelerate weight loss? Let’s find out in the next section.

Ginger Dosage For Weight Loss

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Though ginger aids weight loss, it does not mean that consuming ginger in humongous amounts can help you become slim overnight. You can consume a ½ to 1-inch ginger root every 5-6 hours. Add about a teaspoon of ginger paste to your stew or curry and about half a teaspoon of grated ginger or ginger paste to your stir fries, salad dressing, soups, juices, and smoothies. The best thing about consuming ginger is that it has other health benefits too. Let’s find out more in the next section.

Other Health Benefits Of Ginger

  • Relieves stress.
  • Prevents arthritis.
  • Reduces nausea.
  • Helps prevent cold, cough, and flu.
  • It acts as an anti-cancer agent.
  • It can help fight microbial infections.
  • It has joint, muscle, and menstrual pain-relieving properties.
  • Prevents blood clot formation.
  • It protects against neurodegenerative diseases.

But, like in the case of any other ingredient, consuming ginger in unchecked quantities can cause the following.

Side Effects Of Ginger Consumption

  • Heartburn
  • Irritation in the mouth
  • Gastritis
  • Stomach upset
  • Dehydration
  • Skin rash
  • May increase the risk of bleeding if you have hemophilia

So, do not consume ginger in huge quantities. Instead, make some easy changes in your routine to lose weight. Here is what you can do.

Daily Routine For Weight Loss

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  • Wake Up Early

Waking up early will give you time to drink your morning ginger detox water, workout, and prepare your breakfast (and lunch).

  • Workout

I swear by this method of losing weight. Work out at least 60 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week to help expend the energy you consume as food. Even healthy foods contain calories, and if you do not burn the calories, you are going to gain weight. Plus, working out will get your feel good hormones flowing and boost your confidence.

  • Breakfast Is Mandatory

It’s a cliche, but it works. Have a substantial breakfast consisting of a good source of protein, dietary fiber, and healthy fats. This will fuel your brain, muscles, and bones. It will not only make you feel active and productive throughout the day, but it will also keep your odd-time hunger pangs at bay.

  • Eat Healthy

If you want to lose weight and have a toned body, you must stop eating junk food, starting today. Junk food does nothing but harm your body by increasing bad cholesterol and sugar levels in the blood, causing insulin spikes and toxic build-up, and making you more prone to develop obesity-related diseases. Consume veggies, proteins, healthy fats, and foods rich in dietary fiber to build immunity, strength, and a healthy body.

  • Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Gradually reduce the amount of alcohol you consume per week. This will help you shed fat, and you will experience a difference in your exercise performance. Excessive alcohol consumption may lead to fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, brain damage, etc.

  • Sleep And Take Rest

You might feel the pressure at school or work, but you must give your brain and body the time to rest and rejuvenate. It is when you sleep that your muscles repair themselves and the cells repair the damage caused by toxins. Taking rest also means you are more relaxed, and this will help you think clearly, thereby adding to your productivity. So, get at least 7 hours of sleep, meet your friends, or have some “me time” to shed the extra weight.

  • Reduce The Stress

Work, school, breakup, exams, financial trouble, and every other problem are and will be a part of everyone’s life. Stress is one of the major causes of weight gain. So, if you are going through a crisis, reduce the stress by talking your friends, painting, watching movies, playing outdoor games, going on a short trip, listening to music, walking, playing with your dog, etc.

By making ginger a part of your daily life and leading a healthy lifestyle, you can shed that stubborn fat and become more confident about your body. So, go ahead and give it a shot. I guarantee that you will not regret it. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.