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30 Weight Loss Ingredients Straight From Your Kitchen

There are several means and method that help promote weight loss. From exercises to supplements to foods, the list is never-ending. While most of us have the idea of losing weight in our mind, it seems to be the easy-said-than-done thing for.

But there is no need to stress yourself with the thought of crash diets or rigorous workouts; all you need to do is have a closer watch on what to eat and what not to eat, to be honest.

If you're intent on shedding a few pounds, then your kitchen is the deciding factor for your weight loss. Confused? You have lined up on your kitchen shelves some healthy ingredients, helping you in your weight loss journey.

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In this article, we have listed some of the best weight loss ingredients found at home. Read further to know about the list of weight loss ingredients.


1. Ginger

Touted as one of the best kitchen weight loss ingredients, ginger is thermogenic, which means that the spice upon consumption increases your body temperature, which burns fat more quickly and efficiently [1]. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger also helps break down the mucus, making it easier for your body to expel air.


2. Garlic

Garlic is another ingredient you can add to your diet if you want to lose weight and has been said to have anti-obesity properties which help prevent the accumulation of fat in the body, thereby preventing weight gain [2]. In addition, studies have pointed out that regular consumption of garlic can help combat stress and reduce symptoms of anxiety.


3. Black Pepper

Black pepper is low in calorie and high in vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and healthy fats, which all contribute to the weight loss property of this black gold. Studies point out that black pepper includes piperine, which boosts metabolism, prevents fat cell differentiation and increases the bioavailability of nutrients - all beneficial for your weight loss journey [3].


4. Turmeric

Widely used for almost anything and everything (wounds to sleep troubles), turmeric is low in calories and help boosts metabolic rate and also enhances the immune system of the body. As turmeric contains zero calories, it can be used as a flavour enhancer for all foods without the fear of weight gain [4].


5. Cinnamon

One of the healthiest kitchen weight loss ingredients is none other than cinnamon. Apart from its other nutrient properties, cinnamon helps with fast weight loss. Adding cinnamon to your coffee in the morning is the easiest way to lose weight [5].


6. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is calorie-free. Studies have shown that consuming them regularly will help curb appetite and help your body burn more calories. So, if you are looking for a healthy way to manage your appetite and lose weight, add cayenne pepper to your foods [6].


7. Mustard Seeds

Mustard seeds contain selenium, a mineral known to take care of proper thyroid function, which in turn helps with weight loss [7]. You can add mustard seeds to your dishes and lose weight healthily.

8. Flaxseed

While flaxseeds have several benefits, the seeds are primarily known for their property to melt down the extra fats from the body, thereby aiding weight loss. The seed's role in weight loss comes from its unique nutritional properties and molecular composition (fibre, essential fatty acids, lignin and low carbs) [8].

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9. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are packed with fibre, which keeps you fuller for longer and helps prevent overeating, and as these seeds take a long time to digest, and they stick on for a longer period in your stomach after consumption [9]. Also, these little seeds contain soluble fibre, which decreases your appetite and prevents bloating as well.

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10. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are rich in fibre and protein, which help keep you satiated and curbs appetite, which in turn is beneficial for weight loss [10]. In addition to this, sesame seeds also trigger the production of fat-burning enzymes in the body, which helps to reduce weight.


11. Mint

Low calories and a good amount of dietary fibre in mint leaves play a major role in managing weight loss. Studies point out that consuming mint leaves can help you healthily lose some extra weight as the herb is low in calories, boosts metabolism, and promotes digestion [11].

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12. Kidney Beans (Rajma)

A popular ingredient used in Indian cuisine, rajma/kidney beans is rich in protein, fibre, and nutrients, and its consumption can help you lose weight, studies point out. However, make sure that you avoid adding excess oil/salt/masala [12].

13. Lentils

Lentils are a good source of plant-based protein and fibre. Consuming lentils can help in creating more satiety and may aid with weight loss.


14. Apple Cider Vinegar

Possessing various health benefits such as lowering blood sugar levels, managing insulin levels, improving metabolism and treating acne, apple cider vinegar also possesses the ability to reduce body fat [13]. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which can help lose weight as the acid breaks down the food well and prevents your blood from absorbing more fat, thus aiding weight loss.

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15. Olive Oil

Olive oil has a healthy fat content that promotes a feeling of fullness. Healthy fats help increase satiety and help absorb the fat-soluble vitamins, which can help aid weight loss.

16. Coconut Oil

Studies point out that, for weight loss, extra virgin coconut oil is considered the best as it does not contain saturated fats, which leads to a rise in cholesterol level and is responsible for weight gain [14]. As some of the fatty acids in coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it may also help you lose weight.


17. Carrot

Carrots are low in calories yet highly nutritious, making them a weight-loss-friendly food [15]. Adding carrot juice to your daily diet could be one of the most effective ways to lose belly fat, studies assert.


Some more kitchen spices, herbs, veggies and condiments that can aid weight loss are as follows.

These food items are either seasonal, not too popular in the Indian kitchen or are vegetables/fruits:

18. Greek yoghurt: Studies have shown that diets rich in calcium like yoghurt yielded more weight loss results than calcium supplements alone.

19. Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein and fibre that are the key components to weight loss. These make a healthy, diet-friendly snack.

20. Chickpeas: These are rich in fibre and protein. Adding chickpeas to your salads will make up a belly fat-blasting food.

21. Leafy green vegetables: Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, swiss chards are perfect for a weight loss diet as they are low in calories and carbohydrates and loaded with fibre.

22. Fibrous vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are high in fibre and tend to be incredibly filling and are great for weight loss.

23. Boiled potatoes: Nutritionists point out that eating boiled potatoes is one of the best ways to fill your stomach without having to worry about weight gain.

24. Avocado: Avocados are low in carbs and a great source of fibre, with each serving containing only 9 grams of carbs, 7 of which come from the fibre and is an effective weight loss ‘ingredient.'

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More of kitchen weight loss ingredients below:

25. Grapefruit: Eating half a grapefruit about half an hour before some of your daily meals may help you feel more satiated and eat fewer overall calories, therefore aiding weight loss.

26. Cottage cheese (Paneer): Eating lean dairy products, such as cottage cheese, is one of the best ways to get more protein without having to add on extra unhealthy weight.

27: Peanut butter: While excessive consumption of peanut butter can lead to weight gain, peanut butter contains healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and is low in carbohydrates, which make it an ideal ingredient for weight loss.

28. Balsamic vinegar: This vinegar is low in calorie count when compared to other salad dressings. Incorporating these in your foods will help you avoid other calorie-rich dressings.

29. Cashew: Nuts and seeds are an important part of weight loss. Cashews are especially a great ingredient for weight loss as they are rich in fibre, protein, and other nutrients.

30. Gram flour (Sattu): Sattu or Gram flour is a popular ingredient in various Indian dishes and can help with weight loss as it is high in protein and fibre and also help you lose weight by boosting metabolism and reducing bloating.


On A Final Note…

In simple words, if you want to target your turkey neck, then you need to check your food habits. So, your diet should include a balance of nutrient-dense foods for better results. Please note that the herbs, spices and other kitchen ingredients mentioned have weight-loss properties. Simply consuming them will not aid a healthy weight loss. It is important to have a healthy diet, regular sleep and at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Story first published: Friday, April 2, 2021, 17:24 [IST]