What is Weight Gain?
Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be either an increase in muscle mass, fat deposits, or excess fluids such as water. In cases where the weight gain is excessive or undesirable, a need for weight loss arises.
Weight loss is something that most people have to deal with at one point or another in their lives. Out of the numerous methods available for shedding those stubborn pounds, home remedies for weight loss are gaining popularity.
Causes of Weight Gain
The most common causes of excessive weight gain are:
• Too much food and too little exercise
• Inactive or sedentary lifestyle
• Excessive eating due to stress or depression; emotional eating
• Inadequate sleep can lead to weight gain.
• Thyroid hormone deficiency which decreases the rate of metabolism of food, causing appetite loss and weight gain.
• Hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives containing estrogen can cause fluid retention and increased appetite. Other drugs that can cause weight gain are steroids, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antidepressants and diabetic medications.
Symptoms of Weight Gain
• Increasing waist size
• Increase in body fat percentage
• Increase in muscle mass
• Increase in body hydration levels
• Increase in breast size
• Bulging abdomen and a distended midsection
Natural Home Remedies For Weight Loss
Home remedies for weight loss involve the use of herbs and other materials that are easily available in one’s kitchen. Herbal products do not contain any harmful additives or chemicals that may harm the body. The risk of infection that modern weight loss methods pose is negligible. Herbal products are easily available; they can be purchased over-the-counter, online, in health food stores, through mail order catalogs. Herbs can even be grown in one’s kitchen garden. Herbs can be taken in many different ways. They may be ingested as a pill or capsule, added to beverages like teas, consumed raw or sprinkled over food. Herbs can be purchased at relatively low prices compared to the alternatives. Herbs act as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle and a nutritious diet. They work in harmony with the body, increase its metabolic rate and help burn off those excess calories. Here are some home remedies for weight loss:
Cayenne is a plant that bears very hot and finely tapering red pepper. This pepper contains Capsaicin which has been clinically proven to stimulate digestion. The body’s metabolism stays at a desirable level and helps in weight loss. The best part is that there are no side effects. It may be used with water, maple syrup and lemon juice to concoct a drink or may be used to spice up food.
This is the safest and the best known herbal method of weight loss. It is said that green tea increases metabolism, prevents cancer and lowers risk of heart ailments. A cup of green tea contains only a third of caffeine of a cup of coffee. It can be taken as a pill or as a beverage.
Also called Seville orange, sour orange or zhi shi, this herbal extract is derived from bitter orange trees and its fruit. The herb is considered to be a stimulant and an appetite suppressant. It gives increased energy and helps adhere to strict diet schedules. However, it contains synephrine, which increases the heart rate. It is often used to replace the FDA banned diet pill ingredient, ephedra. It is also used in combination with other herbs. There is a lot of debate going on over its safety.
This is a herbal diet supplement which works as an appetite suppressant. However, it contains a lot of caffeine and causes ‘jitters’ and increased heart rate, if taken in excess. So it must be used in moderate quantities.
Herbal Weight Loss Patch
The patch uses several herbal ingredients which help the body lose weight. The patch is applied on the skin so it releases herbs consistently into the blood stream. These herbs increase body’s metabolism rate and decrease appetite, which results in safe and natural weight loss. Herbal weight loss injections and pills are also available to help in weight loss.
Chinese Weight loss tea
The people from the orient use teas and herbs for weight loss purposes. The Pu-Erh and Oolong tea are among the most well known. These teas act as a low calorie, metabolic stimulant. They also decrease blood cholesterol levels in frequent drinkers. Additionally, these teas contain special enzymes, micro nutrients and microbes that are essential for the body’s well-being.
Before starting with herbal weight loss one must ensure that the product or herb is certified as safe for human consumption. It is also imperative to consult a physician before mixing medications with other supplements or treatments. A sensible and healthy lifestyle, at least an hour’s daily exercise and an effective herbal remedy are sure to get rid of those extra pounds
Diet For Weight Loss
An innumerable number of diet programs are available for weight loss. Everyone needs to identify the particular program that suits them best. Some of the popular diet programs are Atkins, South Beach, Zone, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Diabetic diet program etc. The results obtained from these diets improve if one uses home remedies for weight loss, which have been mentioned above.