As much as 70 percent of the population in some westernised countries are now considered either overweight or obese. Carrying extra fat around the midriff puts a person at higher risk of serious health risks. Visceral fat in particular is extremely harmful to one’s health due to the fact that it wraps around your abdominal organs deep inside the body. By carrying too much of this type of fat you put yourself at risk of heart attacks or strokes. Adding ginger to your diet by either tea, supplements or simply the herb, could help to get rid of this type of fat. How?
In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the effects of ginger intake on weight loss in overweight and obese subjects was analysed.
The study noted: “This systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was performed to summarize the effect of ginger intake on weight loss, glycaemic control and lipid profiles among overweight and obese subjects.
“Overall, the current meta-analysis demonstrated that ginger intake reduced body weight, waist to hip ratio, hip ratio, fasting glucose, but did not affect insulin, BMI, triglycerides, total- and LDL-cholesterol levels.”
The study showed that supplementing with ginger significantly decreased both body weight and belly fat.
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In another study, the effect of ginger for anti-obesity and weight lowering was investigated.
Most of the experimental studies supported the weight lowering effect of ginger extract or powder in obese animal models, whereas the results of the available limited clinical studies showed no changes or slight changes of anthropometric measurements and body composition in subjects with obesity, noted the study.
It added: “Ginger could modulate obesity through various potential mechanisms including increasing thermogenesis, increasing lipolysis, suppression of lipogenesis, inhibition of intestinal fat absorption, and controlling appetite.”
The study concluded that ginger may help lower weight by increasing metabolism and fat burning while simultaneously decreasing fat absorption and appetite.
Chop up a piece of ginger the size of a person’s little finger.
Place chopped ginger in 150 millilitres of boiling water.
Simmer for five to 10 minutes, then strain before drinking.