Ginger root is one of the healthiest plants in the world. It’s rich in numerous health benefits, one of them the ability to aid weight loss and burning belly fat. Namely, according to a study published in the Journal of Science and Food of Farming in 2014, researchers discovered that obese mice that were given gingerol, a substance in ginger, lost weight after 30 days of consumption. Their blood sugar and leptin levels improved as well.
Leptin is a substance that encourages the feeling of satiety after a meal, which further contributes to weight loss. Namely, the scientists also found that ginger supplements prevent weight problems caused by a diet rich in fat.
Another study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences showed that ginger had the same effect on weight loss in mice like a popular weight-loss medication Orlistat. Ginger also caused improvements in the levels of the good cholesterol.
Ginger aids the weight loss by targeting the main problems causing fat buildup like overeating, hormonal modifications, and low energy caused by lack of physical activity. According to the Biological and Pharmaceutical Publication from 2004, ginger lowers the production of cortisol which may spike up as a consequence of hormonal changes and chronic stress which causes a misbalance in the immunity and metabolism.
Regular consumption of ginger can restore the balance and encourage weight loss. Let’s take a look at how to use ginger to lose weight and burn fat effectively:
- Before a meal, chew a thin piece of ginger to encourage the metabolism and digestion and to lower the production of cortisol and increase the energy.
- Grate a piece of ginger and blend it together with a bit of lemon juice and a dash of salt. Eat from the mixture, bit by bit, before a meal to prevent hunger and to improve the digestion.
- Ginger tea is an excellent way to encourage weight loss. You need to drink 2 or 3 cups daily for optimal results. In order to prepare it, you need to put a 1-inch piece of ginger root or a tsp of powdered ginger into a heat-tolerant glass and then pour boiling water. Cover it and leave it to steep for 10 minutes. Next, strain the content into another cup and add a tsp of honey and sprinkle a bit of lemon juice.
- You can also add ginger to meals as a spice.
All in all, besides being an excellent weight loss tool, ginger can also reduce inflammation, stop vomiting, and even destroy cancerous cells. In order to maintain the freshness of ginger, keep it in the fridge and use it within 3 weeks. If you want to prolong its duration, you can keep it in the freezer up to 6 months.