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10+ Easy Home Remedies To Reduce Weight

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Every day people end up trying new diets in an effort to maintain their ideal body weight. If you are one of these people and you are tired of all the hard to follow diets and restrictions, you should look into natural treatments for weight loss. These remedies involve the usage of products and items, which are often found at home. This home remedy for weight loss is highly beneficial, as it does not involve the usage of exotic supplements or diets.

While weight loss should be the main aim for all overweight or obese individuals, it is also important to get balanced nutrition from the diet you are on. Most weight-loss diets completely cut off fats and carbohydrates from your daily meal. While limiting these nutrients is essential, completely avoiding them can harm your normal metabolism and body functioning.

Home Remedies for Controlling Your Weight

So, which diet should you follow? What home remedies can help you to control your weight? What are the best supplements for weight loss? Read on to find the answers –

Drinking lemon water with honey:

Lemon water and honey are two of the most common ingredients found across kitchens in India. Each morning make a glass of lemon water and add 2 teaspoons full of honey into the water. Mix and drink it. Honey is known to be full of medicinal properties, and lemon helps in detoxing the digestive systems. All of these helps the body to let go of the excess fat and the effects are visible in just weeks. This is one of the simplest weight loss remedies at home.

Did You Know?

  • Among adults who tried to lose weight, 56.4% were women and 41.7% were men. source: CDC
  • Among adults who tried to lose weight, the most commonly reported methods were exercising (62.9%) and eating less food (62.9%). source: CDC
  • A reasonable rate of weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week. source: Nutrition.gov
  • Among adults with obesity, 66.7% tried to lose weight. source: CDC
  • 44.7% of adults trying to lose weight reported drinking a lot of water as a method. source: CDC

Powder of fenugreek seeds, carom seeds and black cumin seeds:

Spices used in Indian foods often include hidden beneficial properties that many of us are unaware of. For instance, Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) increases the metabolic rate of the body leading to fat loss. Carom seeds (ajwain) also help in the weight loss process. Black cumin seeds (kali jeera) are great for fat loss around the belly and can aid in reducing the overall weight.

In order to simplify the process of consuming these, you can dry roast all of the mentioned spices together. Use a mortar and pestle to grind this mixture into a fine powder. Add this powder into a glass of water and drink it once each day. This is another simple yet effective home remedy to reduce weight.

In my experience of all the remedies for weight loss, Intermittent fasting for 16 hrs a day often gives good results in people who are otherwise healthy. But people with underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease should not try fasting without consulting their doctor.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

Cinnamon and honey infused tea:

Cinnamon (Dalchini) is a regularly used spice in many Indian dishes, both sweet and savoury. However, you may not be aware of the fact that cinnamon aids in reducing weight. The spice comes with internal properties that curb the sugar cravings and also helps regulate the insulin level in the blood.

To prepare the honey and cinnamon tea, warm up a glass of water. Add two cinnamon sticks and a teaspoon of honey into the lukewarm water. Mix well and strain the mixture. Drink the cinnamon and honey-infused water on an empty stomach each morning. This will work wonders in case of your weight loss at home.

Chew raw garlic:

Garlic is known to possess antiseptic properties and is found in every Indian kitchen. However, chewing two or more cloves of garlic every morning is very beneficial when it comes to weight loss. However, garlic has a very pungent smell and taste, which may put you off from it. Try to form a habit of chewing raw garlic even though it may be repulsive the first few times. Remember to brush your teeth well after you do this, as the odour of raw garlic can stay inside your mouth throughout the day.

Stop consuming artificial sugars:

Any sugar that is found in fruits and vegetables are naturally occurring sugars. If you want to lose weight, try to restrict yourself to consuming these sugars only. This means that you need to cut down on sweets, ice creams, aerated drinks and similar products. Instead of adding sugar into your foods, try to incorporate the naturally occurring sweetness in vegetables and fruits.

For instance, onions have a lot of sugar in them, which can be extracted by lightly sautéing them. Adding these sautéed onions infuses the entire dish with the natural sweetness from the onions. You do not need to add artificial sugar to such a dish. Other vegetables that are full of natural sugars include carrots and some pumpkins.

Staying hydrated:

You might be surprised to know that something as simple as drinking sufficient amounts of water each day can be a very effective home remedy for weight loss. However, it is true that most people do not ingest enough water daily. They are either unaware of how much water needs to be consumed or they only drink when they feel thirsty.

A good way to judge the amount of water your body needs is to weigh yourself ad divide your weight with the number 30. The resulting amount coincides with the amount of water you need. For instance, if you weigh 65 Kgs, then your daily water intake should be 65/30, which equals 2.16 litres.

Also Read: Mounjaro for Weight Loss: Unveiling the Truth

Sleep for 8 hours:

This is more of a lifestyle choice and not so much a home remedy. However, it is a simple step that everyone can follow with ease with a little bit of practice. Even though there are a million other activities that you would rather spend time on, try to squeeze in 8 hours of sleep each day. This is as essential as maintaining a proper diet when it comes to losing weight.

Sleep regulates the body’s functions and aids in proper digestion. It also helps to maintain the normal metabolic rate of the body, which is essential in shedding the excess flab from your body.

Eat in a small plate:

Human psychology is a big reason for changes in our lifestyle. Like many other things, what we eat is also governed by the way our brain perceives the world around us. Believe it or not, but the size of your plate actually governs the amount of food that you are about to consume. If you are eating on a large plate, you have a greater risk of overeating.

This happens because the brain perceives the size of the plate as the amount of food that you need to eat. A larger plate holds a greater amount of food, while a smaller plate holds smaller portions. When you eat in a small plate, you are likely to feel full after eating less. Therefore, simply changing your bigger plate to a smaller one can be an effective way to reduce your weight.

Eat less at a time, but more often:

This is a very interesting concept, one that has been studied and verified by researchers the world over. Instead of having meals divided into breakfast, lunch and dinner, try eating a light meal every 3-4 hours. Rather than having 3 heavy meals, consume 6 lighter meals. This is beneficial as it prevents your stomach from ever being empty.

Dividing the meals in such a manner is also great to stop you from overeating. If there is a long gap between breakfast and lunch, you may feel famished and thus, indulge in a heavy meal during the afternoon. However, if you have a small meal in between breakfast and lunch, you are less likely to overeat during the lunch break.

Some uncooked foods are good for you:

While meat, chicken and poultry should be consumed after they have been cooked properly, some vegetables provide added benefits when consumed raw. Tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, carrots and corn are some of the most common vegetables that can be safely consumed in their uncooked state. You can try creating a salad out of all these ingredients and have it every day. Raw vegetables are a great source of fibre and can work wonders for your digestion. Proper digestion is vital for fat breakdown and weight loss.

However, while following this step, try to get your hands on vegetables that have been grown organically. Organic vegetables are devoid of insecticides and pesticides. These chemical ingredients can be quite harmful while consuming raw vegetables and fruits. This process is wonderful for those looking to lose weight naturally.

Chew the food properly:

Chewing the food properly is essential for proper digestion and also to prevent one from overeating. Research conducted suggests that people who take their time while having a meal take in fewer calories, as compared to those who gulp down their foods without chewing them.

To understand the cause of this phenomenon, you have to understand why chewing the food is necessary. Chewing breaks down the food into small pieces and along with the saliva, aids in digestion. If the food is not chewed thoroughly, the stomach takes a longer time to digest the food. This in turn causes weight gain to occur due to improper digestion.

Moreover, the longer you take to finish your food, the greater the chance that you will feel full after consuming smaller portions. 

Whole grain foods:

Grains are a staple food in India. Not a single day goes by when we do not consume grains, either in their natural form or in the form of flours. Grains provide the maximum benefit when consumed in their whole form. Refined grains or refined flours (maida), on the other hand, are quite harmful and will likely increase your body weight. This is because the refined flours are made out of simple carbohydrates.

Whole Grain flour (Atta) is much more beneficial since it contains a great deal of fibre along with carbohydrates. This fibre aids in the proper digestion and regulation of the bowel system. In the case of rice, try to consume brown rice, instead of the plain, white kind for the same reason.

Ditch the cigarettes:

This is not confined to just the home but is still an integral home remedy if you want to lose weight. Cigarettes are essentially the worst enemy that you can have in your fight against excess weight. Smoking is one such activity that does not have any beneficial effects on your body, but you still engage in it. If you want to lose weight and lead a healthy life, start by putting out your cigarettes.

The nicotine in cigarettes makes you feel unhealthy and also deters you from hitting the gym or leading a fit life. So, stop poisoning your body with cigarette smoke and instead go for a jog or a walk every morning when you get up.

Staying stress free:

Stress and tension have become quite common in today’s world. Everyone seems to be rushing from one place to the other with a million tasks at hand. While work and income are important, do not be so consumed by them that you forget to enjoy certain pleasures of life. Research has indicated that a stressed-out person has greater difficulty in losing weight than a relaxed individual.

How can to escape the daily stress of life? The best solution is to practice meditation and other breathing exercises. Regularly indulging in these practices can calm you down, while also helping you to attain your weight-loss goals. Breathing exercises are also a great way of maximizing oxygen intake, leading to further weight loss.

Another way to let go of your tensions and stress is to plan a family outing or vacation. Take these breaks each year, as they will make you feel rejuvenated and happy.

Consuming yoghurt:

Yoghurt can be made at home or can be purchased from a store. It is a common ingredient in Indian kitchens and is quite beneficial in its unsweetened and unflavored condition. Yoghurt is derived from milk when it undergoes fermentation. As such, it includes all of the beneficial properties of regular milk, while excluding the excess fat.

Yoghurt can be consumed directly or it can be used as a flavouring for certain salads as well. Yoghurt enhances the growth of healthy gut bacteria, which are essential for regulating the digestion procedure.   Apart from this, yoghurt intake also makes you feel full, without adding to the calories that you have consumed that day.

Other Simple Tips to Keep in Mind

TipsWhy It Works
Eat BreakfastSkipping breakfast can make your body demand more nourishment during the entire day, which can lead to overeating.
Time your mealsWhen your body gets used to fixed meal times, it is less likely to hold on to excessive nutrition in the form of fats.
ExerciseA great diet plan is only half the effort, you also need to ensure that you get at least some form of daily physical activity.
Avoid junk purchasesStocking up on junk foods will make it very hard to resist them when you’re on a diet, do yourself a favour and avoid buying them in the first place.

Juices For Weight Loss

Juices are a great weight to satisfy your body’s requirement for food without packing on too many calories. Additionally, natural beverages are low on sugar and fats, helping to regulate your intake of fattening foods. Keep in mind, while many of these are often portrayed as ‘juice cleanses for weight loss’, they are less about cleaning your body internally and more about calorie reduction. They also tend to provide a wide range of necessary vitamins and minerals that you may be lacking when you get on a weight loss diet. 

  • Add the juice of 1 lemon to the juice from 1 apple along with a small bit of ginger and cayenne pepper. This mix can be a refreshing start to your day.
  • For a healthy green juice for weight loss with low calorific content, blend or juice a few cups of kale with a medium cucumber, green apple (amount as per your preference), celery (2 stalks), a quarter slice of lemon and ginger for taste. 
  • Blend 3 cups of watermelon fruit (no seeds) with a squeeze of lemon and top with mint leaves. You can also add the mint leaves during the final blending for an added burst of flavour. 
  • For a brilliant purplish-red juice, blend 2 tomatoes, 1 and a half carrots, 1 slice of beetroot, half a cup each of spinach and romaine lettuce, a quarter cup of parsley along with a slightly smaller amount of watercress and finally half a garlic clove (peeled). You can add a stalk of celery, either during the juicing process or leave it in your serving glass. 

Do not engage in a variety of crash diets:

Crash diets are those plans, which ask you to fast throughout the day or live only on fruit juices. These are quite harmful to the body, as they encourage the body to eat away the muscle mass along with the fat. Research has also shown that the weight, which is shed through such diets are regained in the long run, thus there are no benefits to the same.

Instead, try to eat normal foods that have less oil, sugar and salt. Consume vegetables and fruits every day along with eggs, chicken or meat. Maintaining such a lifestyle is enough to make you healthy and also keep off the extra pounds from your body.

These are some easy to follow home remedies to reduce weight. You should be able to follow these pointers quite easily and without having to spend exorbitant sums each month. However, in the end, the lifestyle you lead is your own choice. If you have gained weight in recent months, there must be a factor triggering this change. You have to find out what has caused the weight gain and eliminate it from your life. While these simple methods reduce weight naturally, you need to be completely determined to stave off your cravings.

Think of your body as a well-oiled machine that can only be maintained with the use of proper fuel. The more junk you put in, the more you are harming the entire functioning of the machine. The best way to go about weight loss is to create an achievable goal. Give yourself some time to achieve this goal. Measure your weight every couple of weeks to check whether you are on course to achieving your target. This will motivate you and help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

However, once you attain your goal, do not give up the lifestyle you have created or do not become complacent. Fitness and healthy living is a continuous process, but if you can achieve it, your life will be so much better. A healthy body is proof of a healthy soul. When you maintain your ideal body weight, friends and relatives will commend you on your hard work. Moreover, you will feel good about yourself and the way you look.

So, try out these home remedies and tell us whether you benefit from them. If you think you cannot follow all of these tips, pick a few and concentrate on those. You will surely notice the difference in your body after a while. To make things easier, create a routine of your daily life. Figure out how you can incorporate these home remedies into your daily routine, without taking too much time. As these are quite easy to follow, none of the tips should take you considerably longer to follow.

Also Read: How to Lose Face Fat: Proven Methods to Try at Home


Q1. What is the best way to lose weight at home?

The best way to lose weight at home is to use a combination of a low-calorie diet, a regular exercise routine and getting enough sleep. The methods we have mentioned in the above article can help to support this combination strategy. 

Q2. Can protein help to lose weight?

Yes, a protein-rich diet would be low in fats and would contribute to increased muscle mass and fat reduction. People can use a protein-rich diet to both lose weight (by reducing fat consumption) and also to gain weight (by increasing muscle mass). 

Q3. How can I lose weight fast?

Losing weight fast is not recommended since this typically involves extreme diets such as fasting and cutting out macronutrients. This can be harmful to your overall health, may not help you lose weight at all and may result in your weight rebounding back after your extreme diet is completed.

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