Monday, August 20, 2012

Home Remedies for Weight Loss

The two golden rules for maintaining a fabulous slim trim figure is to exercise and eat right. But many of us end up doing the total opposite since we find ourselves too busy with taking care of the family or occupied with our career. 

Listed below are some foods and beverages you can include in your daily diet to help you lose weight.

Types of foods to eat for Weight Loss

Eat foods rice in fiber. Fiber foods help to increase your metabolism rate. Metabolism is a process which converts the food you consume into energy. The higher your metabolism rate the more number of calories your body will burn.

Eating foods rich in fiber will also make you feel full and reduce unnecessary hunger pangs to a great extent. You should include about 40 grams of fiber in your daily diet to help with weight loss. Listed below are some popular foods rich in fiber but remember you should eat a total of 40 grams of the foods for it to be effective in helping with weight loss.

  • Orange – 1 orange contains 3 grams fiber
  • Brown Rice – 1 cup of cooked brown rice has 4 grams fiber
  • Brown bread or whole grain bread – 1 slice has about 2 grams of fiber
  • Almonds – An ounce (2 tablespoons) of almonds contain about 4 grams of fiber
  • Cooked Oats – 1 cup of cooked oatmeal has about 4 grams of fiber
  • Pears – 1 pear contains about 4 grams fiber
  • Raisins – ½ cup of raisins have 4 grams of fiber
  • Blackberries - 1 cup of blackberries have about 7.5 grams of fiber
  • Raspberries - 1 cup of raspberries have about 8 grams of fiber
  • Blueberries – 1 cup of blueberries contain around 5 grams of fiber
  • Strawberries – 1 cup of Strawberries have about 4 grams of fiber 
  • Prunes – 6 prunes contain about 8 grams of fiber
  • Bran Cereal: 1/2 cup of bran cereal contains 10 grams of fiber
  • Lentils: 1/2 cup of lentils contain 6 grams of fiber
  • Broccoli – 1 cup contains about 5 grams of fiber
  • Kiwi Fruit – 1 Kiwi fruit contains 3 grams of fiber
  • Kidney Beans - ½ cup kinder beans has 7 grams of fiber
  • Carrots – 1 cup carrots has 3 grams of fiber
Eating 3 apples or 3 pears or eating 2 cups of chopped pawpaw a day are claimed to help with weight loss.

Types of Beverages to drink for Weight Loss

Green Tea

Green tea helps to increase metabolism hence helping your body to burn more calories.

Drink 3 cups of green tea a day. When purchasing green tea try and buy the ones produced in Japan or China since these green teas are more effective in burning calories and aiding in weight loss.

When making your green tea always remember to brew it for only 2 to 3 minutes. If you brew it for a longer period of time the tea will give a bitter taste.

Apart from helping with weight loss, green tea also promotes brain power and kills bacteria in the mouth which is responsible for bad breath.

© Suranee Perera 2012