Ginger Tea: Benefits And How To Use For Weight Loss

Understand the ways to use this beverage to support your weight loss goals.

Medically Reviewed by Madhu Sharma, RD
By Priyanka Sadhukhan, MSc (Nutrition), Certified Diabetes Educator

Some of our health problems have a solution right in our kitchen. Now, it is time for us to try ginger tea for weight loss. This tea is made from dried or fresh ginger roots and may help promote metabolism. Ginger is low in calories and is commonly used as a flavoring agent (1). However, ginger tea alone cannot work wonders in your weight loss journey. It needs to be complemented with a proper diet and exercise. Keep reading to know more!

How To Make Ginger Tea For Weight Loss

A 240 ml cup of ginger tea has just about 10 calories. It is also a filling beverage that you can drink between meals to keepsyour hunger pangs under control. You can prepare this herbal tea with fresh, grated roots or dried ginger powder.

I. Preparation Of Ginger Tea With Fresh Ginger Root 

Ingredients:
  • Ginger root: 2-inch long piece, peeled, finely grated
  • Water: 250 ml
  • Honey: to taste (optional)
How To Prepare:
  1. Heat water on medium to high heat and allow it to come to a rolling boil.
  2. Add grated ginger root and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain and add honey, if desired.
  4. Drink it warm.

II. Preparation Of Ginger Tea With Dried Ginger Powder

Ingredients:
  • Dried ginger powder: ½-1teaspoon
  • Water: 250 ml
  • Honey or jaggery: to taste (optional)
How To Prepare:
  1. Boil water.
  2. Add the dried ginger powder and allow it to come to a boil.
  3. Lower the flame and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea.
  5. Stir in some honey or jaggery if you so desire.
  6. Serve hot.

So, does ginger tea really aid weight loss? Scroll down to find out.

Ginger Tea and Weight Loss – The Research Findings

  • A systematic review of the scientific literature on ginger and weight loss has found that this herb helps reduce body weight, waist-hip ratio (WHR), and hip ratio (HR). It also showed improvement in blood glucose levels and lipid profiles (2).
  • A study conducted by Columbia University and the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center found that drinking a mixture of ginger powder and hot water helps induce thermogenesis (increases body heat). This promotes satiety and is, thus, effective for weight loss (3).
  • A study was conducted in Japan on rats that were fed a high-fat diet. It found that ginger prevents fat storage in the body by increasing norepinephrine-induced lipolysis. Thus, it prevents obesity (4).

Ginger offers some other health benefits associated with weight loss. Check them out below.

Benefits Of Ginger For Weight Loss

So, how does this herbal concoction actually help you lose weight?

1. Boosts Your Digestive Power:

Ginger stimulates pancreatic digestive activity to boost digestion (5). It also curbs appetite and keeps blood sugar and serum cholesterol levels under control (2). Drink a cup of ginger tea before a meal to prevent bloating and stimulate digestion. Make sure you drink it hot, not warm, for best results.

2. Regulates Stress Levels:

Cortisol, the stress-inducing hormone, is a major trigger for belly fat (6). Ginger is known for its antioxidant properties. It reduces oxidative stress and prevents the damaging effects of free radicals. Ginger root contains high levels of antioxidants that prevent toxin build-up and reduce the internal inflammations that are common causes of weight gain (7). Thus, drinking ginger tea can shield you from cortisol-induced weight gain.

3. Peps Up Your Energy Levels:

A study conducted in Japan on mice found that black ginger boosts physical fitness performance and muscle endurance (8). Therefore, drinking black ginger tea may help you exercise more and burn more calories.

For a more in-depth understanding of how ginger aids weight loss.

Drink 250 ml cup of ginger tea 15 minutes before your meals. You can take ginger tea along with other fat-burning foods for better results.

List Of 10 Foods That You Can Enjoy With Ginger Tea

Here is a list of the ten foods that you can enjoy with ginger tea for better weight loss results:

  1. Whole wheat bread (preferably without sugar)
  2. Almonds
  3. Lemon
  4. Cayenne pepper
  5. Garlic
  6. Chickpeas
  7. Fresh fruits
  8. Berries
  9. Avocado
  10. Honey

A Word Of Caution

Make sure you do not use more than 4 grams of ginger a day while preparing the tea. Excessive consumption of ginger can cause mild side effects like heartburn, diarrhea, gas, and abdominal discomfort. People on drugs for gallstones and blood-thinning medications should stay away from this herbal concoction (9).

To recap, ginger tea can aid weight loss, but not single-handedly. Yes, ginger tea is low on calories, decreases body fat, and keeps your hunger cravings in check. But, you should not go on a “ginger tea only” diet. It will not support your body, and you will feel tired and exhausted. Going overboard with ginger tea could lead to diarrhea and heartburn. You should pair it with a healthy diet plan and workout regimen. Listed above are some foods you can have with ginger tea for weight loss. If you are taking gallstone or blood-thinning medications, you should avoid ginger tea. Even if you don’t have any medical conditions, you should not consume more than 4 grams of ginger in a day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can ginger tea be used to reduce belly fat?

There are no foods that can reduce targeted fat. It is better to aim for whole-body fat loss by drinking ginger tea and following a healthy diet plan and exercise regimen.

Is drinking ginger tea every day good for you?

You can drink ginger tea on a daily basis. Drinking two cups of ginger tea per day is advisable to lose weight and boost your metabolism.

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Priyanka is a nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has over 8 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics... more

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(RD)
Madhu Sharma is a member of the National Executive Committee of IDA. She has been associated for almost three decades... more

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