So you want to lose weight, huh? But don't want to put in the long hours at the gym or go on a strict diet?
Well, we have an alternative for you.
In this article, we have outlined 20 foods and drinks that can help you lose weight if you have them on an empty stomach in the morning with the scientific reason behind why they work. So, are you ready to know what these superfoods are?
Eating a papaya on an empty stomach can help you lose weight because this wonderful and delicious fruit contains a powerful medicinal compound in it called papain, which is known for burning fat, scavenging free radicals, and getting rid of excess water from your body.
Plus, this fruit is rich in soluble fibres and has very little calories, so having it on an empty stomach will give you the added benefit of filling up your stomach fast but not weighing down your digestive system.
#2 Oatmeal Water
Oatmeal water is different from oatmeal porridge; in that the former is made by blending oatmeals in a 1:3 ratio of water instead of boiling it. This gives us a fibre-rich drink, which when consumed on an empty stomach in the morning can help us lose weight.
How? Through four ways.
One, the high fibre content of oatmeal water fills up our stomach fast and protects us from untimely hunger pangs and binges.
Two, fibres pull away the fats stuck to the lining of our gut, which improves our digestion.
Three, oatmeal water is rich in lecithin, a complex carbohydrate that is known for its detoxifying effect on the liver, which in turn improves our digestion and prevents fat accumulation.
Four, it is a natural diuretic. That is, it removes excess water from our body, which is often the cause behind our extra pounds.
#3 Aloe Vera With Lemon
This powerful weight-loss drink capitalizes on the beneficial compounds of its ingredients - aloe vera and lemon.
Aloe vera is a fast-growing plant that is known for the gel within its fleshy leaves because it is rich in antioxidants and has a laxative effect on your body.
Lemon, on the other hand, is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and therefore, boosts your immunity and improves your general health.
That's why, when you drink aloe vera juice with lemon in the morning on an empty stomach, it can help you lose weight by improving your gastrointestinal tract and digestive abilities.
Here's a simple way you can prepare this at home:-
- Slice an aloe vera leaf lengthwise and carefully scoop out the gel within it.
- Add 1 tsp of this gel to one glass of water and then squeeze in the juice of one lemon.
- Heat this mixture over medium flame, until the gel distributes uniformly all over.
- Consume it lukewarm.
Please note: Because of aloe vera's laxative properties, you might feel like pooping after you drink this concoction. So, make sure you have it at least an hour before you have to get out of your house for work.
#4 A Bowl of Salad
A healthy bowl of fruits of vegetables in the morning is a great way to start the day because they contain a high amount of soluble fibre in them, which fills up your stomach fast, but have very little calorie, so you don't end up feeling heavy and uncomfortable.
Plus, fruits and vegetables are known for the antioxidants in them and the various other vitamins and minerals.
#5 Vegetable Juice
Vegetable juices may taste yucky, but they are extremely good for your health.
From detoxifying your body to boosting your immunity, they are the perfect alternative to a heavy breakfast early in the morning.
Here are some vegetable juice recipes that can help you lose weight when consumed on an empty stomach.
- Ginger Cucumber Juice Recipe
- 3 Carrot Juice Recipe - with broccoli and beetroot, apple and ginger, celery and tomatoes.
- Bitter Gourd Juice Recipe
The maxim says, an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. And while this saying focuses more on the awesome nutritious properties of the apple and its ability to maintain your general health, the fruit is equally useful when you want to lose weight.
Why? Because apples mostly contain water and insoluble fibres, and therefore, fill up your stomach fast without contributing any calories to your body.
Every Indian knows that eating soaked almonds without the skin is good for the brain. But did you know that almonds can help you lose weight too?
According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, more than a decade ago, participants who consumed more almonds throughout the day but had the same amount of calories as those on a high-carb diet lost around 18% of their body weight in 6 months.
In fact, this effect was more pronounced when compared with those on a low-fat diet, thus proving that all calories are not equal and that healthy fats, while calorie rich, can help you stay healthier in the long run.
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#8 Wheat Grass Juice
Wheat grass is a wonderful gluten-free plant that is a chock-full of nutrients, like iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and a wide host of vitamins and other minerals. That's why, consuming wheatgrass juice on an empty stomach is a great way to lose weight because the high amount of nutrients in it prevents you from having untimely hunger pangs due to the deficiencies.
Buckwheat, or kuttu ka atta as it is called in India, is a low-calorie grain alternative to wheat and rice known to prevent binge-eating and cravings because of its low saturated-fat content.
That's why, if you like to have a side of carbs during breakfast, you should consider replacing your regular choice with buckwheat, as that will help you lose weight over time.
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#10 Cinnamon Water
Cinnamon is an insulin-mimetic. That means, like insulin, it has the ability to reduce your blood sugar level and regulate your fat stores.
So, if you want to lose weight, start having a glass of cinnamon water early in the morning every day.
How to prepare this drink:-
- Add ½ tsp of cinnamon powder to 1 cup of warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Add 1 tsp of honey and mix well.
- Drink while it is warm.
Eggs are high-protein breakfast favourites because they fill us up fast and have been proven to reduce our daily calorie intake by almost 400 calories.
Just make sure you don't have more than 2 egg yolks a day, as that will increase your blood cholesterol level.
#12 Cornmeal Porridge
Cornmeal porridge is a great food to have on an empty stomach when you want to lose weight, as it is a healthy, gluten-free grain product that is rich in fibres and minerals that can fill you up fast.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and minerals, but low in calories. That's why having these on an empty stomach is a great way to fill yourself up fast without adding on to the baggage.
Watermelon is a fruit mostly made of water and soluble fibres. Therefore, eating it in the morning on an empty stomach is equivalent to having two tall glasses of water to fill up your stomach. Therefore, it is the fruit of choice in all weight-loss diets.
#15 Wholegrain Bread
Wholegrain bread is better than both white or brown bread because it is prepared from grains that are low in saturated fats and are packed with whole grains, which add a lot of fibre to the mix. That's why, when you eat this on an empty stomach in the morning, you will feel full faster and not have the urge to binge on anything else afterward.
#16 Green Tea
Green tea is the preferred beverage of choice in the health circles because of its well-studied weight loss effects.
Sounds like a good time to switch your usual cup o' Joe or Queen's favourite for this, instead.
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Wheatgerm is an industrial waste produced during the production of white bread and is used to feed growing plants because of the high amount of nutrients in it.
In fact, wheatgerm is so healthy that just two tablespoons of it contains 1.5 g of unsaturated fats, 2 g of fibre, 4 g of proteins, and a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
Plus, it also contains phytosterol in it, which is a compound similar to cholesterol; the one that promotes your heart's health.
That's why adding wheatgerm to your daily routine in the morning is a great way to lose weight, as it boosts your overall health.
Nuts are chock-full of nutrients and healthy fats. Just remember not to overdo them, as they are quite calorie dense and can work against your weight-loss goals.
The following are the best nuts for weight loss:-
- Macademia nuts
- Brazil nuts
Honey is a complex, half-digested bee product rich in 5 types of sugars. That's why, one spoonful of honey is way more sweeter than your regular white sugar.
So, if you want to reap the weight-loss benefits of honey, have a spoonful of it mixed with one glass of warm water every day in the morning on an empty stomach.
#20 Lemon Juice With Water
Having one glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice (without salt or sugar) is a great way to lose weight when consumed on an empty stomach because it is the best source of vitamin C. A vitamin that maintains the interstitial glue between your tissues keeps your immune cells up and running, and boosts your metabolism.
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