In today’s fast-paced world, we are leading a lifestyle that pushes us towards junk and processed foods. It is not always possible to manage healthy eating for most of us, because we are always on the run and just so hard pressed for time.
So, what is it that we end up doing? Eating fast food loaded with unhealthy calories. As a result, we collect excessive fat and uncounted calories!
Belly fat is not just a matter of looking good; it is also about feeling good. And feeling good has to do with feeling healthy! Belly fat is very harmful in the long run and may contribute to many health issues (1).
In order to get rid of excess belly fat, both exercise and healthy diet are equally important to cut out the flab on the tummy. A healthy diet doesn’t just mean to include fruits and vegetables; it is more about natural herbs and spices for fast and effective results.
Keep reading to know more about a few effective herbs that may play a key role in trimming belly fat…
Fenugreek is a potent natural ingredient used in multiple ways for its medicinal value. From leaves to seeds or infused tea, fenugreek in its various forms may help us to manage many health concerns. Weight management is one of the most significant benefits of fenugreek. Fenugreek may help in reducing excess weight, as well as provide a higher nutritive value and a high degree of efficacy and safety in the treatment of obesity. (2) It supports digestion, helps curb cravings, and keeps you full for a long time, which can eventually help you lose extra weight (3, 4).
It’s good to drink warm water with fenugreek seeds to get more benefits and to accelerate your weight loss process.
Dandelion has been used for centuries to promote good health and weight loss (5). It is diuretic in nature (responsible for flushing out toxins from our body) (6). The process of detoxification is responsible for reducing water weight and easing bloating (7). Plus, this may also help in stimulating gastric secretions and the breakdown of fat and cholesterol (8).
Replace your regular tea leaves with this wondrous herb to make a refreshing beverage and reap maximum benefits from it.
Ginger is an incredible herb that is known for having several health benefits. It is an appetite-suppressant and has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, and glucose-sensitizing effects (9). It may play a vital role in weight management as it helps reduce feelings of hunger. (9)
In fact, it helps control cholesterol and improves the function of the joints and is beneficial in several other health conditions (10, 11, 12). Make a cup of ginger tea by boiling water with a few slices of raw ginger. Boil it for about 10 minutes, then pour it into a glass, add a little honey (optional), and enjoy!
The root of the Ginseng plant is used for medicinal purposes and is famous for boosting metabolism and energy, and for its weight loss benefits (13).
A study conducted by the Journal of Medicinal Food suggested that ginseng extract helps in maintaining a healthy weight by oxidizing fats, which may help in their elimination from the body. It may also regulate healthy blood sugar levels and blood flow. (14)
Make Ginseng tea by boiling water with ginseng roots for a few minutes, pour it into a cup, and enjoy!
Popular as ‘Golden Root’, Rhodiola is known for its sweet, floral fragrance, and its potent medicinal value. It may help regulate stress because of its notable antistress properties.
Plus, it may cut down the stubborn fat stored in adipose tissue, as well as trigger the composition of lipase, an enzyme that assists in the disruption of fat. (15)
You may incorporate Rhodiola into your diet in several ways: mix it with a glass of water, green juice or smoothie, or prepare your own healthy recipe to extract maximum benefits.
Flavorful and aromatic cinnamon is perhaps as old as culinary history. Research lists several properties of this herb. It may help regulate healthy blood levels. (16) Moreover, it may curb cravings and stimulate food intake, that aids weight management (17).
Brew a cup of cinnamon and honey drink by adding cinnamon in boiled water.
Chia seeds are a powerhouse of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, calcium, protein and lots of fiber (18). These nutrients have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, healthy blood flow, regulating cholesterol and promoting weight loss (19).
Chia seeds are very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. You may simply mix them in your glass of milk or any juice to make it more delicious and nutritious.
Now that you know some of the most powerful herbs for weight loss, adding spice to your spice cabinet would be easy peasy! Take care not to go overboard with any of these spices though. Another smart move to be a winner in the war against wobble would be to join MY FAT BELLY GOTTA GO PARTY. This forum brings together people with similar aspirations of being healthy and sharing ideas will help fire-up your weight loss goals. The best part; IT’S FREE! JOIN NOW!
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- Wani, Sajad Ahmad, and Pradyuman Kumar. “Fenugreek: A review on its nutraceutical properties and utilization in various food products.” Journal of the Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences. 17:2 (2018): 97-106. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1658077X15301065
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