Even though obesity is genetically and environmentally driven to a large extent, improper dietary habits remain the most common reason behind it. An inactive lifestyle works as a catalyst and makes the condition worse.
Basically, obesity is a result of high amounts of intake of calories coupled with low levels of energy utilization. And therefore all holistic weight loss solutions need to focus on both these aspects. Home remedies and herbal weight lossdiets can play a major role in managing overweight and avoiding obesity.
The largest of all problems arises due to the kind of lifestyle we lead today. Job pressures and long commuting hours leave very little spare time for those who are in the rat race. More often than not, the first activity that is compromised is eating. Simply “grabbing a sandwich or something” to save on time is fairly common these days. This basically implies that you are probably eating something that is not healthy (since most foods on the run are unhealthy). It also means that you are not allowing your body and mind to concentrate on the process of eating. And therefore the body cannot focus on the process of digestion. The result is improper absorption of the food that is consumed.
The first and foremost home remedy, thus, is to allow sufficient time for meals.
Asians have been using lime and honey in water as a natural weight loss remedy for ages. The concoction is a simple one. Add warm water to the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey. This herbal home remedy for weight loss should be the first thing that you consume in the morning. Not only does it help in burning fat over time, it also helps cleanse the system.
If you prefer a tangier drink you can add higher amounts of lime juice. You can also add pepper to taste. But make sure that you never increase the amount of honey and that you never add salt to this mixture. Apple cider vinegar is probably the western counterpart of the same remedy. Apple cider vinegar in warm water, with or without some pure maple syrup for taste, gives nearly the same affect.
Leaves of the Indian plum too have fat burning properties. For best results soak some leaves overnight in water and drink the water, after straining, on an empty stomach every morning.
Green tea has excellent properties and can help in weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolism. A better metabolic rate results in faster expending of energy. An apple and a cup of green tea provide enough oxidation and energy to cover up for one meal.
One of grandma’s favorite recipes for weight loss and diabetes is fresh ginger juice in warm water.
There is a general perception that all carbohydrates increase weight. It is a myth since only simple carbohydrates increase weight. Complex carbohydrates can actually be consumed as part of any weight loss diet. Some basic diet fundamentals that you should keep in mind when you are trying to lose weight are:
* Eat slowly.
* Consume only home cooked food.
* Avoid fried foods at all costs.
* Keep sugar intake to the minimum.
* Drink lots of water.
* Avoid eating between meals.
* Avoid what is normally termed as ‘junk food’.
* Make maximum use of home remedies.
If not attended to in time, obesity can ultimately lead you to complicated weight loss medications or surgical removal of excess fat. There is lot of scope for reducing weight, the natural way with exercise, yoga and home remedies.