Try out these herbal juices for weight-loss

Revisit the proven benefits of green tea, before your incorporate it in your diet
These juices are not 'magic potions' and should be teamed up with a proper diet, exercise and an active lifestyle as well for good results. Photo: IANS

Obesity, in most cases, isn’t just a cosmetic concern, but a health issue as well. While some are predisposed to being heavier, others may find themselves obese due to a sedentary lifestyle, including long hours of work without moving and a lack of exercise.
If you take steps to avoid obesity, it can protect you from serious health issues and diseases. A strict diet and exercise are preferred by many to lose weight. If you pay attention to your diet, you can escape obesity to some extent. Here are some herbal drinks that may help you shed weight and slim down. Just remember, they are not 'magic potions' and should be teamed up with proper diet, exercise and an active lifestyle as well for good results.

Cumin seed tea
This tea with cumin seeds as the main ingredient can be tried by those who want to lose weight. Add a teaspoon of cumin seeds to a cup of water that boils well. Leave the bowl closed for 10 minutes. It can be taken hot after filtering. Drinking this before meals not only helps to reduce appetite but also makes digestion faster.

Celery water
It is a drink that contains limited calories. This drink can make you feel full in your stomach. After thoroughly washing celery, you can chop it fine, add water, and beat it in a mixer grinder. After filtering, you can add some more water, dilute it, and drink. Some people add lemon juice and mint leaves to it. Since it contains fiber, eating it before the main meal can reduce the appetite.

Green tea
Green tea is something that can be tried by all those who want to tackle obesity. Being rich in antioxidants and catechins, it eliminates excess fat and provides the body with the energy it needs. Put a green tea bag in boiled water for three to five minutes and then remove it. Drinking it twice or thrice a day will give you the best results. It is said that if you follow a diet and do exercise regularly and take green tea, you will lose weight.

Black tea
Black tea also has the ability to bring down weight. It is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. After boiling a cup of water, keep a tea bag in it for three to five minutes. Adding lemon juice or honey will enhance the taste. Drink it twice or thrice a day before meals.

Decoction of ginger and lemon
Many people know that drinking water mixed with ginger and lemon juice can help you lose weight. Ginger helps in digestion. It also controls excessive hunger. Lemon is packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants. The ginger can be grated and added to boiled water. Then add lemon juice to it. Those who insist on it being sweet can pour a teaspoon of honey. This drink can be consumed on an empty stomach in the morning.

Vegetable juices
They contain very low amounts of calories and lots of nutrients. This juice made with vegetables has many benefits. Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, etc. Spinach, carrots, cucumber, and leafy cabbage can be mixed with water and beaten in a mixer. It can be drunk without filtering. The fibre in these vegetables may be lost if it is filtered. You can drink this juice in place of the main meal. Drinking it daily can provide a lot of nutrients to the body as well.

Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent remedy for obesity. The acetic acid present in it can help eliminate fat in the body and reduce appetite. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a large glass of water and mix well. This drink can make digestion easier and satiate hunger to some extent. Before consuming it, consult a health professional and enquire about it. Excessive consumption sometimes does not produce the desired result but creates an adverse effect.

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