When it comes to weight loss, nothing beats the natural way of losing and shredding those pounds. Thus, one of the best life hacks in the world for reducing that bad weight is drinking a cup of green tea. On the other hand, one of the most staple ingredients that you could find in the kitchen would be lemons and ginger, and while these two are good flavorings for different kinds of dishes, did you know that they could do wonders for your target weight too?
Admit it, lemon water is one of the easiest ways to prepare a healthy drink. Ginger, on the other hand, is a miracle spice that has been considered to have health benefits since ancient times. While lemon water and ginger in themselves are already beneficial on their own, and while a cup of green tea in itself is already a weight loss booster because of the caffeine and catechin content in the tea leaves, more benefits when it comes to weight loss can be produced when your cup of green tea is given a dash of ginger or a slice of lemon.
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A Slice of Lemon to Shred some pounds
While a cup of lemon and green tea can fight off health problems, give you a fairer skin complexion, and boost your immune system, this is one of the best-known drinks to give you a faster metabolism. Lemon is known to be good for aiding your digestion and helping you reduce calories. Lemon is also high in dietary fiber, which would help you flush out the toxins from your body and clean your urinary tract. A good combination is the vitamin C produced in lemon and the catechins found in green tea, which can help shed some weight. Lemon in your cup of green tea also helps in increasing energy levels, which would help you be more active in sweat and exercise. Having active and regular exercise would surely be an answer to helping you lose your target weight. Lemon is also known as an anti-inflammatory and would help to reduce muscle pain in a short span of time, leading you to another set of heavy workouts right away.
Lemon also keeps you hydrated, and adding this to a cup of green tea would make you feel full and therefore not lead you to eat more, curbing the urge to overeat. Replacing bad beverages such as soda drinks and processed fruit juices with natural, healthy drinks such as lemon green tea will reduce your calories on a daily basis by 200 calories.
Ginger is the real deal
Another popular ingredient, not just for food flavoring but as an herb for weight loss too, is ginger. It is known to fight body fat and obesity because it contains an active phenolic compound, gingerol, that reduces your body’s lipid profile and increases norepinephrine-induced lipolysis. It also boosts your metabolism and digestion by stimulating pancreatic digestive activity and reducing your body weight, waist-to-hip ratio, and hip ratio. It is also known to balance the blood glucose level in your body and prevent you from having diabetes.
A study from Columbia University and the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center shows that ginger produces more body heat that helps to shred fat in the body. It also reduces hunger to help you lose weight. Much more, while high stress levels are trigger factors in gaining fat, ginger is known as an antioxidant that fights off stress and reduces the level of cortisol, a stress-inducing hormone, in your body. Like lemon, ginger also powers you up and gives you more energy to do more physical activities and exercise more often and more intensely to shred off some pounds.
Aside from these weight loss benefits coming from ginger, it does not only add a spice or kick to your green tea, but it would also make your cup of elixir healthier too. This could be a great filling drink in between meals to avoid overeating too since drinking green tea with ginger increases the metabolic rate in one’s body because of increased thermogenesis, or the amount of energy exerted, in addition to the energy provided while at rest during the digestion and absorption of food, and suppresses one’s appetite.
They are easy to prepare!
The preparation for green tea with lemon is pretty simple. One could simply put some slices in their tea or squeeze some juice into the cup. On the other hand, what is usually used in ginger are its roots. Simply grate the roots or even the ginger itself and dash some of it in your green tea, with or without a strainer. Others may also find canned or jarred grated ginger in the market for convenience. The hot water in your green tea is the best way to prepare your drink with lemon and ginger, as it will extract the nutrients from both.
On the other hand, cold water for your green tea, if you prefer it, would work wonders too, as eventually the pulp in the lemon would be visible and cold water is absorbed more quickly than hot water. Either way of preparing your favorite drink, you will definitely reap more benefits when adding lemon or ginger.
All things said, while sipping a cup of green tea with a slice of lemon or a dash of ginger could work in your favor to cut some weight, one must be reminded that a chunk of discipline goes into healthy lifestyles such as regular exercise and a good, balanced diet. Watch out also for excessive intakes of lemon if you are acidic or of ginger to prevent heartburn or diarrhea.
While lemon and ginger would not do miracles for your target weight loss alone, they would definitely help, along with your favorite cup of green tea, to shred those fats off your body. So, eat the healthy meals out there, sweat off to burn fat, and enjoy sipping your favorite cup of green tea with lemon and ginger!
This post about Will I Lose Weight Faster if I had Lemon or Ginger to Green Tea was first published in 2021. We added the audio of this blog in 2023 just for you.