Weight loss is a constant battle for some. Affecting both men and women, excess weight is not just an aesthetic issue, but more importantly, a health issue that can have serious implications if overlooked.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF EXCESS WEIGHT?
Excess body fat can easily result in obesity, a serious condition that increases a person’s risk of diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Obesity leads to coronary heart disease (CHD), which develops when plaque (a waxy substance) accumulates in the coronary arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood to the heart. Plaque narrows and eventually blocks the coronary arteries thus reducing blood flow to the heart muscle and compromising its function. Heart failure is the worst outcome.
Obesity significantly increases the chances of hypertension or high blood pressure, which is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure is high and stays high over time, it can seriously damage the body in many ways.
Next, if an area of plaque ruptures, it leads to formation of a blood clot, which can block the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain thus causing a stroke.
Last, but not least, obesity can trigger the onset of diabetes, which is a leading cause of premature death, CHD, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. Most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE AT RISK?
A number called the Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated to give an estimate of your fatness. BMI compares your weight to your height, and gives an assessment of whether you’re underweight, a healthy weight, overweight, or obese for your height. But your BMI is not the only thing to consider when evaluating your risk factors of the above mentioned chronic diseases. Your other risk factors such as family history, lifestyle, and diet, matter as well.
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE WEIGHT WITHOUT DIET OR EXERCISE?
As unbelievable as it may sound, excess body fat can actually be reduced by simply adding some ingredients into your diet. The most beneficial for weight loss include:
Cumin is a spice that contains a high content of phytosterols, plant chemicals known to prevent the absorption of cholesterol in the body. Similarly to other hot spices, cumin also stimulates metabolism. The weight loss benefits of this spice were confirmed by a study conducted at Iran’s Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, where 88 overweight or obese women were randomly divided into 2 groups. Apart from nutrition counseling which both groups received for 3 months, one group was given 3 grams (a little less than 1 teaspoon) of cumin powder daily, mixed into 5 ounces of yogurt, whereas the other (control) group was given the same, minus the cumin.
The results at the end of the trial were shocking as the members of the cumin group lost three times more body fat percentage than those in the control group.
The health benefits of ginger, especially its anti-inflammatory and pro-digestive properties are well-known around the world. This root is also used as a slimming agent because its properties stimulate weight loss. Moreover, its “thermogenic” effect activates the metabolism, thus making it a strong fat and calorie-burner.
The powerful medicinal properties of lemon promote health in different ways. Just like cumin, this citrus fruit is also recognized as a natural slimming agent. Its high vitamin C content makes it a potent antioxidant that stimulates waste removal from the body, prevents fluid retention, detoxifies the body and reduces bloating.
This natural sweetener contains many vitamins including vitamin B2, B3, B5, B6 and C, minerals and carbohydrates. For one thing, honey boosts energy levels and naturally suppresses cravings thus promoting weight loss. Raw, organic, unheated and unprocessed honey, which is easily available at any health food store, is the best one to use for this weight loss treatment.
Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant, rich in manganese, fiber, calcium and iron. It provides all the nutrients necessary to lose weight. Moreover, it’s highly beneficial for controlling cholesterol levels in the bod. It also regulates blood sugar levels thus fighting obesity and insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes). It can be used either in the form of powder or sticks. Ceylon cinnamon is the best type to treat weight loss.
If you fall into the overweight group or have just recently decided to lose some pounds, we offer an amazing recipe that will not only improve your metabolism, but also help you burn fat faster. This drink is ideal for those who don’t have the time to exercise or follow a strict dietary regime.
- Ground Cumin – 1 tsp.
- Boiling Water – 1 cup
- Cinnamon – ¼ tsp.
- Ginger – ½ tsp.
- Lemon Peel – 2 pieces
- Honey – 1 tbsp. (optional)
- Leaving honey aside, mix all the ingredients in a cup of boiling water. Mix well until they are well diluted.
- When the drink cools off, add the honey for sweetness or consume unsweetened.
- Drink on an empty stomach once a day.