Excess body weight also known as obesity is not good for the health; this condition is a risk factor for many chronic diseases and even infertility. It even prevents obese people from venturing into certain careers they may like, such as ballet dance, acting, sports and other occupations that need people with moderate weight. But the good news is that there are herbs and food in Nigeria that could help you achieve your weight loss goal.
There are many risk factors and causes of obesity; a sedentary lifestyle, intake of unhealthy foods as main meals. This includes refined carbohydrates, refined sugar and sugary drinks, and lack of physical exercise. All these can make someone fat. The best way to guard against obesity is to avoid the causes, eat healthy foods and make your life active.
List of Natural and Herbal Remedies for Weight Loss
There are many effective natural remedies that can help one shed off excess weight; and in this article we will be looking at 15 best herbs that aid weight loss and how to use them.
This is a popular herb known to the Asian continent; it has many health benefits and weight loss is one of them. This not only reduces weight; it also prevents chronic diseases, prevents high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high levels of sugar in the body which lead to obesity. Ginseng also prevents rapid aging and boost immune function. It burns fats around the body especially belly fats.
It also supports healthy metabolism and healthy digestion of food and it increases the levels of energy in the body. Take a cup of ginseng tea daily to lose weight. Ginseng root powder can be gotten in Nigeria from any natural health store or pharmacy or you can also get the liquid extract depending on your choice.
- Get the liquid extract.
- Then add 15 to 25 drops of the extract in your tea or water and this should be done twice daily.
If it is the powder you got.
- Take 5 grams twice a day.
- After two weeks it should be reduced to 2 grams twice daily.
You can also take ginseng tea every morning; this will ensure you lose weight rapidly. Boil two cups of water in a pan and leave it to cool; then add little quantity of ginseng extract and leave it to steep for 5 minutes, then you strain the water and your drink is ready. You can add cinnamon powder and lime juice for taste and to make it more effective. Make sure you stir it well before drinking.
Popularly known as zobo in Nigeria; this powerful herb help to get excess water out of the body, it serves as a natural diuretic and it is effective in preventing and treating bloating. It contains phaseolamin which is an enzyme that prevents the production of amylase; amylase is an enzyme that helps the body to break down carbohydrates into simple sugar, this will reduce the amount of sugar available to the body thereby controlling weight gain. It increases satiety and reduce hunger and it is also low calories.
Take at least two cups of zobo tea daily to reduce your weight; you can make your at home instead of buying it regularly and besides you are don’t know the hygiene standard of the maker. To make yours at home:-
- Boil a cup of dried hibiscus flower (zobo leaves) in a teapot with two cups of water.
- When it has boiled; bring it down and let it cool.
- Strain it and your drink is ready.
That should serve you for the day; you can add fruits like water melon, cucumber, apples or any fruit of your choice to your zobo. You can also add pineapple or orange juice.
3. Green tea
This is one of the best herbal remedies for weight loss; it is rich in Catechins which are powerful antioxidants that boosts metabolism, stimulate fat burning and increase the performance of the muscles. It also suppresses appetite; this will reduce the frequency of eating, take green tea thirty minutes before meals to make sure you don’t overeat.
Green tea can be gotten from health stores nationwide; the green leaves are used to prepare tea. You can take 4 cups daily and make sure it is taken 30 minutes before meals.
To make green tea:-
- Add two teaspoons of green tea to a cup of hot water and let it steep for 5 minutes.
- You can cinnamon too.
- Strain it and stir it well before drinking.
4. Aloe Vera
This powerful herb is a gift of Mother Nature to mankind; its gel is rich in antioxidants that help in detoxifying the body, boosting metabolism, repairing the body and aiding weight loss. You can use the fresh gel by adding it to smoothies or fruit juices or you can buy the extract in a health shop if you don’t have the plant at home. If you are using the extract; take 2 tablespoons daily.
Another way to use Aloe Vera gel by dissolving the 1 teaspoon of the gel in a cup of water by using the back of a spoon. Stir well and drink this water every morning. It promotes rapid weight loss and health digestion of food.
This popular spice is an excellent remedy for weight loss; it ensures a health metabolism and proper digestion of foods, it also reduces blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure which all contribute to weight gain. It suppresses appetite; supports regular bowel movement, accelerate the rate of metabolism, prevent bloating, and flush out toxins from the body. Cinnamon powder can be gotten in the market; health stores and pharmacy.
- Take 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder in a cup of hot water daily.
- If you get the bark.
- Soak it in water overnight and drink the cinnamon infused water first thing in the morning.
- Repeat this daily for four weeks and you will have your desired result.
Ceylon cinnamon is better than cassia cinnamon, so you should go for the former.
This is another wonderful spice that is effective in weight loss; it is efficient in burning fat; this gives the body another fuel but it also aids weight loss. It helps to burn up all stored fats in the body; it prevents gas and bloating and it has been used for centuries to treat obesity in India. This can be gotten in the market or in any health store.
Take cardamom tea every day and to make it more effective, mix it with green tea.
- Boil a cup of water, then add cardamom powder.
- Let it boil for two minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add green tea leaves.
- Leave it to steep for 5 minutes.
- Then you strain it.
- Stir it well then drink it to aid fast weight loss.
Garlic is a popular herb and kitchen spice; it offers many tremendous health benefits and weight loss is one. It effectively melts fats around the waist and tummy; its active compound Allicin suppresses hunger and boost metabolism. Take at least two garlic cloves daily.
- Mash the cloves using a mortar and pestle.
- Add it to a cup of water.
- Add lime juice to mask the pungent smell and taste of garlic.
8. Cayenne pepper
We call this Shombo in Nigeria; this spice stimulates the body to burn fats and creates heat. Its active ingredient, capsaicin dissolves fat tissues and decrease the intake of capsaicin, it also reduce the levels of fats in the bloodstream. Use Shombo in preparing your meals and you can add ¼ tablespoons of it to any drink of your choice and take.
9. Black pepper
The active ingredient of this hot spice is piperine; it prevents the formation of fat cells, to speed up the fat burning process, combine black pepper and cayenne pepper. Use the mixture as above and add it generously to your meals.
Ginger is a powerful herb that speeds up the burning of calories by 20%; it is used in fighting obesity, it also suppresses the appetite and prevents over eating. You can chew on fresh ginger root; you can add it to your drinks, or you can make ginger tea and take daily. It can also be added to your meals generously because it is also used as a spice.
This powerful plant slows down the process of digestion; this prevents frequent hunger pangs and eating, it prevents over eating also and all these fights against weight gain. They are available in the market or any health store. You can use either the fresh ones or the powder to make tea and it should be taken daily.
- Boil a cup of water.
- Add 1 teaspoon of dandelion and let it boil for 2 more minutes.
- Strain it and take it when cool.
Turmeric has been used as medicine for centuries in India; this spice is used in making most of their meals. Its active ingredient Curcumin is an efficient fat burner; it melts fats, reduce the levels of sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Add it generously to your meals and you can take it as a drink.
- Crush fresh turmeric root with mortar and pestle.
- Add it to a cup of warm water.
- Add lime juice.
- Use a spoon to stir the mixture very well and your drink is ready.
This should be taken daily.
This wonderful herb contains the enzyme lipase which breaks down fat molecules in the body. It is also rich in fiber which prevents the absorption of fats and keeps one feeling full for a long period of time. You can use either the fresh or dried leaves or you can also use the capsule. Take 400 mg of the capsule three times daily; the leaves either fresh or dried can be used to make tea.
- Add the leaves to a cup of boiled water and let it steep for some minutes.
- Strain it and then drink it.
- Do this daily.
Also known as dogon yaro in Hausa; this medicinal plant burns fats, boost metabolism and fight inflammation. Take the tea daily to help you lose weight fast. Crush 4 or 5 leaves using a mortar and pestle; add this to a cup of water and stir well before taking.
It helps the body burn fats; it fights obesity, treats inflammation, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and it even prevents constipation. You can get it from health stores and take two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds a day with a cup of water. To do this, you have to soak the 2 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water overnight; when you wake up in the morning, strain it and drink it on an empty stomach.