Let's find out how to make the most of the slimming properties of ginger: a food that does not work miracles but it can be a great ally to lose weight naturally. Let's see how!
Ginger (Zinziber officinale) has always been used in Asian cuisine due to its slightly spicy flavor that gives a particular flavor to savory and sweet dishes, like the classic Christmas cookies with the shape of a little man. However, ginger is also used in Ayurvedic medicine thanks to its many therapeutic properties, but it can also help us lose weight if used in the right way as a "fat burning" food. 14
General properties of ginger
Ginger has digestive and anti-inflammatory properties and it is excellent for treating flu and osteoarticular pains. It also facilitates intestinal transit and protects the bacterial flora and the gastric mucosa, as well as being a natural antioxidant also useful for preventing tumors. Ginger, however, is also a detox food with a fat-burning action, which is why it is an excellent ally for weight loss: it will be necessary to include it in your diet, following a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
Losing weight with ginger: here's how and why
But why does ginger make us lose weight? Thanks to one of its main constituents: gingerol, a chemical compound with thermogenic properties because, thanks to its spicy taste, it manages to increase the body's temperature by accelerating the metabolism. This facilitates the melting of the abdominal fat, for a "fat burning" effect, especially if combined with ginger a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
Ginger is also an excellent snack to calm down hunger: in this way it will also help us to digest carbohydrates and proteins more easily, favoring the elimination of intestinal gases for a flat stomach effect.
How much ginger to take a day to lose weight and how to use it
To take advantage of the slimming properties of ginger it is advisable to consume 10 to 30 grams a day. Let's see how many ways we can use fresh ginger to lose weight. For it to take effect, it must be used every day alone or combined with other foods.
Decoction: the decoction of ginger provides excellent effects on the metabolism. To make a cup, use 200 ml of cold water and add two thin slices of ginger root. Boil for 2 minutes and let infuse for about 10 minutes, filter and drink in the morning on an empty stomach and in the late afternoon: the best would be to consume at least two cups a day. Alternatively, you can prepare the decoction with the addition of cinnamon and a lemon zest during the boiling phase, otherwise you can add lemon juice during the infusion. The decoction will thus be even more tasty and pleasant to drink.
If you want to prepare an herbal tea in the morning to drink during the day: bring to a boil half a liter of water and add 6 thin slices of ginger root and a piece of cinnamon. Leave it to infuse for 10 minutes, filter and put the liquid in a bottle, so as to consume it during the day without having to prepare it several times. If you do not have the fresh root you can make an infusion using ginger powder to buy in herbal medicine shops. Or you can add ginger to your dishes, grated or sliced.
Finally, you can eat ginger in small pieces: two or three during the day are very good for enjoying the slimming benefits of ginger. It is good for those who love the spicy and particular taste of ginger and it is great to calm down hunger.