Nearly half of the population feels that it has extra pounds and wants to lose weight. To achieve this, the solution to which most of us turn consists in adopting a healthier diet and making efforts to eat less and workout. We are right to do so, because these are the two pillars of success. There are also certain foods that can be our slimming allies, of which ginger is a good example.
To lose weight, it is essential to adopt the most natural and least processed food possible, without GMOs, pesticides or additives. It is also important to avoid snacking, whatever it may be, preferring real healthy meals based on fresh fruits and vegetables.
And to complete this diet, there is nothing like fresh juices, smoothies and drinks made from plants such as ginger that promote weight loss.
Ginger, an excellent slimming ally
According to a study conducted by the K.S. Rangasamy College of Arts & Science in India, the daily administration of a dose of gingerol, a compound found in ginger, to obese rats reduced their weight and blood sugar levels.
The researchers explain such results by the fact that the gingerol in ginger improves the action of a hormone, leptin, which acts on the feeling of hunger and satiety. When this hormone works well, we have relatively less appetite and are more quickly satiated.
On the other hand, according to a study by Columbia University in the United States, ginger has a second interesting property, which is that it increases the caloric cost of digestion, which means that consuming ginger increases the amount of energy spent by the body to digest food.
Lemon, a great ally for losing excess weight
Lemon is a food known and recognized for its ability to facilitate digestion and burn fat. Its richness in pectin, which swells once in the stomach, makes this citrus fruit a great ally for weight loss. Indeed, this substance absorbs sugar and prevents it from turning into fat. In addition, a study has confirmed the fat-burning power of polyphenols and vitamin C contained in the lemon.
Infusion and ginger water: two drinks to lose weight
Here are two drinks that, when consumed regularly, can help you lose weight. One is a ginger water, the other is an infusion. Drink 3 to 5 glasses or cups a day and you will notice the effects on your health and weight. For a weight loss that matches your expectations, it is of course necessary to combine such drinks with a better diet, healthier and less rich in calories, and with the practice of regular physical exercise, however moderate it may be.
Ingredients of the two ginger drinks
-1 liter of water
-1 piece of fresh ginger, about 5 centimeters long
-1 lemon, squeezed
-2 tablespoons of honey
Preparation of the ginger infusion
∙ Pour the water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil
∙ Grate the ginger and add it to the water
∙ Simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes
∙ Strain your infusion through a strainer or coffee filter and then add the lemon juice and honey to it.
Preparing the ginger water
∙ Grate the ginger, or better yet, run it through a juicer
∙ In a carafe, mix the water, grated or juiced ginger, lemon juice, and honey, then place in the refrigerator
Here is the recipe for ginger vinaigrette that will accompany your salads and form a perfect duo with them to help you lose weight.
-4 tablespoons of olive oil
-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
-1 teaspoon of ginger juice or 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
-1 tablespoon honey
-1 teaspoon of mustard
∙ In a bowl, mix all ingredients
∙ Stir well until you have a smooth sauce
These remedies are to be taken as a 2-3 week course of treatment and not to be followed permanently.
People who are stunted, who suffer from a blood disease, diabetics and pregnant women should not consume ginger.
If you suffer from gastro-esophageal reflux, stomach ulcers or kidney and biliary disorders, avoid the consumption of lemon.