Natural Cures For Weight Loss
Discovering the root of the problem
Isn’t it surprising, despite seeing so many people around us on some kind of diet, the number of obese and overweight people doesn’t seem to reduce! Of course, incorrect eating habits and an inactive lifestyle are the main reasons for gaining weight, but comfort eating or eating to fulfill emotional needs is an important cause too. Whatever your reason for getting out of shape, you certainly need to wage the battle against the bulge in the right way to get back in shape.
Losing extra weight
If you’re more than 25 pounds overweight, you’d need to lose a pound a week. This is because 1 pound of fat yields 3500 calories. Consuming 3500 calories less per week works out to 500 calories a day, which is quite achievable. So, by cutting 500 calories from your normal daily diet, you’d manage about a pound a week. What’s heartening is those who lose 1 to 2 pounds a week are most likely to maintain normal weight all throughout their lives.
However, losing 500 calories a day is easier said than done. If you drool at the mere mention of Big Mac, add 460 calories; if you can’t gulp the burger down without a soda, add 200 calories; if you drink coffee with cream and not milk, add 50 calories; if you love butter with your baked potatoes, add 100 calories; if you’re in the habit of munching potato chips, it’s another 300 calories; the list can go on. So, you’ll have to do some serious thinking on ways to cut down on calories.
Natural cures for weight loss
Diet and exercise are two important aspects in weight loss. However, there are some effective natural cures too. Let’s see what these are:
a. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which stimulates the production of stomach acid that helps in easy digestion and prevents fat deposition. Just a spoonful of apple cider vinegar a day would do the trick.
b. The grape cure:
Grapes can help you shed those extra pounds around the middle, because of a magic ingredient called resveratrol. According to a well-known researcher, Dr. John Pezzuto of the University of Illinois at Chicago, this naturally occurring phenol “has multiple modes of action that helps in trimming fat, in addition to its other curative properties.
c. Water remedy:
By drinking more than a half-gallon a day of water, you can reduce the amount of food consumed and lose weight. Furthermore, good hydration of the tissues encourages enzymatic activity and therefore the burning of fat deposits.
d. Cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana):
This weight loss herb is a strong stimulant and a laxative and should not be used for more than a week.
e. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale):
This gentle diuretic herb enhances fat metabolism, removes fatty acids and cholesterol from the blood stream. Fresh dandelion greens are eaten in soup or as salad.
f. Ephedra (Ephedra sinica):
This herb is a fat burner, but is not to be taken more than 3 times a day for more than 4 weeks.
g. Malabar tamarind (Garcinia cambogia):
This herb is an appetite suppressant, fat burner and a digestive aid.
h. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra):
This wonder herb satisfies cravings for sweets and prevents habitual snacking without adding calories!
i. Psyllium (Plantago psyllium):
This herb reduces hunger by imparting a feeling of fullness and helps push body’s waste out.
j. St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum):
This herb suppresses appetite and bestows a feeling of satiety. It also reduces depression-related to overeating.
k. Senna (Cassia senna):
This herb is a laxative and a diuretic, but is not to be used for more than a week.
These natural cures coupled with the right diet and exercise can help you come back in shape. However, always take the advice of your physician before adopt any cure.