Losing weight has become harder than before during this time of pandemic where people are preferring to stay at home rather than going out and risking themselves catching virus. Due to less physical activity, it has become hard for many of us to maintain a proper diet and good workout routine. Many of you must be questioning yourself and looking for answers everywhere about how to get that fat out of your body and gain your self-confidence back. So, without any further ado, let’s get started with the things that can help you in your weight loss journey.
Being on top of the list and an essential part of Ayurveda, Triphala has many health benefits including one that help you lose weight.
Triphala (meaning three fruits) is made by combining equal parts of three powerful ingredient: Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), Bihara (Terminalia bellirica) and Harada (Terminalia chebula). Now, let’s tell you how will it work to help you achieve your fitness goal:
(i) Regulates blood sugar levels
Sugary food and food with high carbs increase the levels of insulin in your body which would absorb more glucose than required. Excessive amount of glucose gets stored inside the body in the form of fat resulting in weight gain. The presence of bihara in triphala helps in lowering the blood sugar levels which in turn avoids fat storage and weight gain.
(ii) Packed with antioxidants
The antioxidants present in Triphala help to fight against the free radicals that are responsible for causing cell damage. Antioxidants help in the increasing of fat burning and boosting metabolism by getting rid of toxins from body resulting in weight loss
(iii) Reducing belly fat
Triphala helps in reducing belly fat by preventing the deposition of fat around your waist.
(iv) Improves Digestion
Triphala is a natural laxative and can help you loosen your stools and improve bowel movements. It is also a good contender for dealing with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Triphala also strengthens the digestive tract by increasing the number of good bacteria in your intestinal tract.
You can find triphala in the form of powder, tablets or juice and you can find it in any nearby local store or you can order online.
Adding cinnamon (daalchini) in your diet can help you get your desired weight loss results. Obtained from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree. It is used as a spice and flavouring agent in various cuisines and has antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer properties.
(i) Regulating glucose levels
As mentioned above, the increasing of blood glucose levels can result in increasing fat accumulation causing obesity, diabetes and other diseases related with obesity. Cinnamon can help in reducing fat by reducing insulin resistance in your body.
(ii)Reduces bad cholesterol
Cinnamon can help in reducing the chances of heart attack and stroke by reducing the bad cholesterol which can get deposited on the wall of arteries.
(iii) Boosts metabolism
Cinnamon is also helpful in boosting your metabolism because your body uses more energy to process the spice than it does for other foods.
You can add cinnamon to your food to get the benefit out of it or you can try cinnamon tea which would, as a result, help you achieve your ideal weight.
- Lemon juice and honey
Drinking lemon juice and honey mixed in warm water on an empty stomach early in the morning will get your system in the fat burning mode, thus making you feel fit, healthy and light through the day. A glass of lemon and honey in hot water improves your metabolism and regularises the bowel movement. Both of which ensure that there is no accumulation of harmful toxins inside the body that often becomes the cause of overweight among people.
You can make this at home by adding freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm water and take it early morning on an empty stomach.
- Bitter gourd
Though it may not be the thing you would love to eat, but bitter gourd (karela) is among one of the richest sources of nutrition that we don’t want, but need. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals containing iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins like A and C.
Bitter gourd is also low in calories, fat and carbohydrates that can altogether help you in weight management. It is rich in soluble fibres. Fibre-rich foods induce the feeling of fullness. Since fibre takes long to digest, you feel full for a longer span. It keeps your stomach full for a long duration which prevents you from overeating. It stimulates the liver to secrete bile acids that are essential for metabolising fat in the body. Moreover, bitter gourd contains a good amount of water, which is helpful in supressing hunger.
You can consume bitter gourd in the form of a dish, pickle or you can make fresh bitter gourd juice at home and add honey, ginger or lemon juice in it to reduce its bitter taste.