4 ways ginger can help you lose weight

Ginger is a must-have cooking ingredient in most South African kitchens.

From cooking vegetables to baking, ginger is used in numerous ways.

It is known for its distinct flavour and inflammation reducing property. It also stimulates digestion and suppresses hunger.

Because of its ability to suppress appetite, ginger is believed to help promote weight loss.

Medical literature indicates that ginger can typically be used along with other ingredients when the goal is to lose weight.

How ginger can help in weight loss

Ginger contains compounds called shogaols and gingerols. These two compounds stimulate biological activities when consumed. The antioxidant properties of ginger fight the free radical and thus prevents inflammation. A small study found that people who consumed ginger stayed fuller for longer as compared to those who did not. Ginger also has a significant effect on the hip to waist ratio. Gingerols in ginger also stabilize blood sugar levels.

Here are four best ginger combinations that can help you lose weight:

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1. Ginger lemon water

Ginger and lemon when consumed together can give your metabolism a great boost. Lemon juice and ginger both act as an appetite suppressant, which stops you from unnecessary binging and thus help you lose weight.
How to use: You can simply squeeze a lemon in your ginger tea and have it regularly. This will help you stay hydrated and feel fuller for longer. You can have ginger lemon water or ginger lemon tea two-three times a day to maximise the benefits.

2. Apple cider vinegar and ginger for weight loss

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) works wonder when it comes to weight loss. When ACV is combined with ginger, it boosts the antiglycemic and antioxidant properties of both the ingredients.

How to use: The simplest way to consume both the ingredients is by blending them together. You can also prepare ginger tea and add ACV to it when it cools down. If you add ACV in too hot tea, it will lose its probiotic effect.

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3. Green tea and ginger for weight loss

It’s no secret now that green tea aids weight loss, boosts your metabolism and has many other health benefits. When ginger is combined with green tea, its weight loss benefits increases.

How to use: To combine the powerful effects of both the ingredients, you can add ginger to green tea while brewing it. You can drink this 2-3 times a day to promote weight loss.

4. Ginger juice for weight loss

Having ginger juice alone can do wonders for weight loss. Ginger juice typically includes other ingredients like honey, lemon and water, which have hydrating, immune boosting and antioxidant properties.