With the holidays over and the work resumed, it is time to get back on track. Some of us have surely gained a pound here or there from all the feasting, but not all of us are guilty as the holidays only come once every year! With all the good food you consumed, you must have cherished those wonderful meals with your families and friends, but, for sure, you do not want to keep any of the calories. Food is great when shared with your loved ones, but what if it starts to sit in your body for too long and does not get flushed out because of inactivity? You would not want to spend your next holiday in the hospital.
While feasting is great, it is better to try and balance things out by flushing out what you consume. This way, you would know that your body is in a healthy state no matter how much you eat and you would have less guilt when someone brings out a plate of your favorite dish! Some people like to hit the gym, while there are some who like to whip up recipes and concoctions to lose weight. In this listicle, we focus on tea concoctions you can make at home to help you flush out all those toxins and lose the weight you gained over the holidays.
When looking for a tea that you can drink to lose weight, the most important ingredient you should look for is the tea’s diuretic properties that help in losing water weight. Most of the time, we feel bloated just because of all the water in our body. Once we have flushed out those, we start to see a big difference in our physical figures. A dandelion tea has these properties, so you can take this tea as an option. It also has no calories so you would not feel bad drinking this tea a couple of times a day.
You can drink the dandelion tea before having your meals or incorporate it in your dishes to reduce the fat and cholesterol breakdown in your meals and make you feel full faster, thereby eating lesser. The dandelion tea is also an excellent detoxifier. It helps lower your body’s fat content and blood cholesterol.
To make, you can either boil a glass of water with the dandelion root or chop the dandelion root and boil in a pan for five to ten minutes before straining and drinking. You may also purchase pre-made dandelion tea bags from grocery stores.
If you like to have your drinks dark, try the black tea. It is made from the Camellia Sinensis plants where the leaves are left to oxidize after being picked, thereby producing the color black, which is unique from other teas that we have learned to drink. Black tea gives you a faster metabolism and helps you lose weight faster. It also prevents stress, which is a huge factor in people’s weight gain. You would be glad to know that the black tea is low in sodium, fats, and calories.
To make, leave a tea bag in a cup of hot water for five to ten minutes. Throw the tea bag after. Add sweeteners for the flavor such as honey, lemon juice, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. Consume once or twice a day. Another option is boiling a pot of hot water and pouring it in a mug with black tea leaves in it. After four to seven minutes, strain the leaves and add some milk to your cup for some flavor. This is optional, however. Take the black tea regularly for more effective weight loss results.
Like dandelion tea, parsley tea has diuretic properties that help promote weight loss by flushing away excess water in your body. It is also low in calories, fats, and sugar levels while being rich in Vitamins A, C, and K, potassium, folate, calcium, phosphorous, and quercetin.
There are three different ways that you can take the parsley tea. First, you can fill a mug with boiling water and fresh parsley leaves. Let it sit for five minutes, then remove the leaves before drinking. Second, you can scoop two teaspoons of dried parsley in a cup of hot water. Cover the cup and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain the tea before drinking. The third option requires more ingredients. Aside from parsley, add chopped blackberry leaf, chopped dandelion leaf, cherry stems, celery tops, couch grass, corn silk, and fennel seeds in a pot of boiling water. Stir it well and let steep for a couple of minutes. Strain the tea. You can take the parsley tea 2-3 times a day.
Not everyone would agree that garlic tastes as good when drank as a tea, but it is actually very effective, not to mention healthy! Garlic acts as an appetite suppressant. While it is not an active weight reducer, it allows you to have more control of your eating habits. It has hormone leptin that helps lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. It also has antioxidants and antibiotics that control your body’s cholesterol levels.
There are two different ways that you can make the garlic tea. First, you can boil a cup of water, add the crushed garlic, and steep it for five to ten minutes before straining the leaves and drinking the tea. Adding honey or lemon juice for some flavor is optional. Second, you can take cloves of garlic, chunks of ginger root, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper, and mix everything in a large mug. Fill it with boiling water and leave it for fifteen to twenty minutes. Strain the tea before drinking. Try to take this tea regularly for more effective results.
Meanwhile, ginger tea helps you digest your food better by producing digestive juices that make you feel full. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity properties that allow you to effectively and naturally lose weight.
You have three options for drinking the ginger tea. One, you can cut ginger root into tiny pieces and boil in a cup of water. Leave it for ten to fifteen minutes before straining and drinking the tea. You can squeeze some lemon in it for some added flavor. Take this tea once or twice a day.
Second, you can boil a big mug of water with 3/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. Let it steep for a few minutes before adding teaspoons of tea leaves. Strain the tea before drinking it. Again, a few drops of lemon juice is optional for added flavor. You can take this tea two to three times a day.
Third, you can mix ginger powder and cinnamon powder in a cup of boiling water. Stir it well. Drink it once a day every morning before having your meal. Make sure that you consult a doctor before consuming this tea for weight loss as it might result in health problems if consumed without your doctor’s approval.
Lemon tea works just like lemon water, except you are taking it with hot water. Lemons are known for having powerful antioxidants that keep your body healthy against common diseases. It contains a lot of fluid that makes you flush down toxins, too. More, it keeps you hydrated and boosts your immunity, making you healthy and ill-free in the long run. It has many nutrients that combat diseases and aid in helping you lose weight and release stress.
Drinking lemon tea regularly also helps you curb your sugar cravings and improves your body’s absorption of catechins, which are antioxidants that help keep abdominal fats at bay. Take your lemon tea regularly and make sure you do not overdrink, or it might have some adverse effects.
Another tea that has a lot of diuretic properties is chamomile. It is known to be rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin A. Its diuretic properties act as an appetite suppresant that allows you to have more control over your eating. It also produces a cathartics effect that detoxifies and cleanses your body.
There are two ways to take the chamomile tea. First, you can add the dried chamomile tea in a cup of water, warm or cold, and leave it for not more than ten minutes. Drinking chamomile tea before you eat helps you have better digestion while drinking it before bed allows you to have a good night’s sleep.
The second option that you have is to buy a ready tea bag and put in your mug of boiling water. Leave it for about ten minutes before removing the bag. The longer you steep it, the stronger the flavor will be. This is optional, but you can also add a pinch of sweetener, lemon juice, mint leaves, or honey for the flavor. Stir it well before drinking.