When the body mass index (BMI) exceeds 25 it is overweight, and when it exceeds 30, it is obesity. Obesity is caused by the excess fat accumulated in the body and can lead to heart ailments, diabetes, cancer and arthritis. Obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide, and has come to be viewed as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. Herbal remedies for obesity are much safer and more effective though a number of medicines are available for treating it. Some useful herbal remedies for obesity are described below.
Honey is immensely useful in fighting obesity. Pour a little fresh honey into a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach in the morning. Adding the juice of half a lime to the solution will have a better effect. Two teaspoons of lime juice and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of water, added with some powdered black pepper, will produce a much better result if taken regularly as the first thing in the morning.
Another useful herb is ginger. Chew a thin slice of fresh ginger root a short while before meals. Eating a pinch of grated ginger, mixed with lemon juice and salt will be a more effective variant. Adding ginger and lemon slices to a glass of hot water, letting it remain for some time, and drinking the filtered solution when still warm, will not only be a good cure for obesity but it will also check the tendency to over-eat. Ginger tea, two or three times a day, will also help.
The diet should also include green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and carrots. They are low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals and hence have a high food value. Cabbage is an excellent home remedy for obesity as it contains tartaric acid which prevents conversion of sugar and carbohydrates into fat; it should be added to the meal. Cabbage salad can even be a substitute for a meal occasionally. Eating tomato salad for breakfast can hasten the pace of weight loss. Taking two or three ripe tomatoes, as a substitute for breakfast, for a couple of months, will also be a safe method of weight reduction. Keep a few leaves of Indian Plum soaked in water overnight. Drink the water on an empty stomach in the morning. Continuing this for a month will produce good results. Eating ten to twelve curry leaves every morning for three to four months will also be useful.
Finger millet is yet another food item quite useful in reducing overweight. The carbohydrate in it takes a longer time to get absorbed; this results in a lesser appetite for food. Besides, it also contains plenty of calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B1 and B2, all of which make it nutritious. An increased intake of fruits will also be of immense help, so will be the use of vegetable oil instead of butter and ghee. Supplemented with regular exercise, these herbal remedies for obesity are certain to meet success in a matter of months.