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Home Remedies for Obesity & Weight Loss

Reviewed by Dr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis
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Did you know that more than 1 in 3 Americans are obese? Obesity is a health disorder in which there is excessive accumulation of fat in the body. This results in being overweight and associated health problems.

Obesity is determined by measuring a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) — the measure of body fat based on one’s height and weight. Generally, a BMI between 18.5 and 25 is considered desirable. If your BMI is between “25 – 29.9”, then you are deemed overweight; if it is 30 or more, you are considered obese.

You can calculate your BMI using the following:

  • BMI=(Weight in lbs / (Height in inches x Height in inches)) x 703, or if you measure with the metric system use BMI= Weight in kg / (Height in meters x Height in meters), or
  • the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s online BMI calculator.

ideal weight chart

This problem is mostly attributed to poor lifestyle choices, such as an unbalanced diet, eating processed foods high in fat, oversized food portions, overeating, excessive drinking, lack of physical activity, lack of sufficient sleep, hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome, medications, psychological issues, social issues etc.

Genetic factors and hormonal problems also tend to increase the risk of developing obesity. Obesity is a great concern not merely because of the excess weight, but also because it puts you at risk for a number of serious health problems such as insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, gallstones, gout, arthritis, certain cancers, and other chronic illnesses.

It is important to adopt healthy lifestyle changes to combat this problem. It might be reassuring to know that if you are determined to lose at least 5% of your weight, you will be rewarded with decreased risk of heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer as per the findings of a recent study published in 2016 (1). In addition, you can use some easy yet effective natural remedies to help with your weight loss efforts.

home remedies for obesity and weight loss

Here are the top 10 home remedies for obesity.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is one of the best home remedies for fighting obesity. It is rich in fiber, vitamins like vitamin B and C, minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus.

It helps improve digestion and aids in detoxification. Healthy digestion is an essential pre-requisite for weight loss as it helps your body get the nutrients required to burn fat. The citric acid present in lemons is very effective in burning fat (2).

Furthermore, it helps remove toxins from your body that slow down your metabolism. A recent study published in the journal of Nutrition Research in 2015 showed that a lemon detox program was very effective in reducing fat and insulin resistance in a group of overweight Korean women in comparison to the control group (3).

home remedy for obesity and weight loss

  1. Mix three teaspoons of lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey, and one-half teaspoon of black pepper powder in one glass of water. (If you use freshly ground black pepper, then just add a quarter teaspoon.)
  2. Drink it in the morning on an empty stomach.
  3. Do this daily for at least three months.

Alternatively, you can simply have a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Note: Deseed lemons before using as seeds of all citrus fruits and apples are poisonous and can be dangerous if ingested even in small quantities at times.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is another popular home remedy to reduce excess weight. Though the actual weight loss benefits of it are still unknown, preliminary research has shown that it can help protect against obesity.

apple cider vinegar remedy for obesity and weight loss

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) was found to decrease cholesterol in animals fed high cholesterol diet in comparison to the controls in animal models (4).

The use of vinegar as part of a healthy diet can in the long run help in weight loss and diabetes (5). It helps break down fat and hence prevents the accumulation of body fat.

  • Mix two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink it daily in the morning and preferably before meals.
  • You can also drink a glass of water mixed with one teaspoon each of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.

You can have up to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a day. Do not exceed this amount, as it may reduce your blood potassium levels over time and lower your bone mineral density.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is useful in treating obesity because it stimulates metabolism, increases energy consumption, and mobilizes unused fat in the body.

aloe vera juice for obesity and weight loss

Aloe vera contains more than 75 different biologically active substances. This plant has been used in traditional medicine for wound healing, anti-inflammatory activity, antiseptic properties and also as a laxative (6).

A study done in 2008 showed that phytosterols isolated from Aloe vera was effective in reducing body fat accumulation in obese diabetic animal models (7).

This evidence was supported by results from another study done in 2012 which suggested that treatment with dried Aloe vera gel reduced the accumulation of body fat in diet-induced obese animal models (8).

It contains natural collagen proteins that make the body work harder in order to absorb the proteins. In addition, it helps remove toxins from the digestive system and colon.

  1. Take two fresh Aloe vera leaves, peel them, and scoop out the pulp.
  2. Put it in a blender along with one cup of citrus juice, like grapefruit juice, or simply water. Blend it for two to three minutes.
  3. Drink this daily for at least a month.

4. Green Tea

Green tea is another popular natural remedy to promote weight loss. Green tea is rich in polyphenols like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epigallocatechin, and epicatechin gallate which are beneficial for health.

green tea for obesity and weight loss

A study at Penn State revealed that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound found in green tea, helps slow down weight gain by limiting fat absorption and increasing the body’s ability to use fat (9).

Another report from Penn State showed that decaffeinated green tea along with exercise helped in achieving weight loss in mice (10).

While another study published in 2009 showed that the catechins present in green tea had a small positive effect on weight loss and weight management (11).

Furthermore, green tea is packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, carotenoids, zinc, selenium, chromium, and other trace minerals.

Drink about three to four cups of green tea daily to combat obesity. You can also combine it with ginger tea or cayenne pepper.

5. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper helps control obesity and aids in weight loss. It contains capsaicin that stimulates your body to burn fat and increase energy expenditure.

cayenne pepper for obesity and weight loss

Other than capsaicin, chilies have vitamin C, β carotene, and lutein which are well-known antioxidants (12).

A review paper published in 2012 looked into the potential medicinal uses of capsaicinoid compounds in relation to the regulation of weight. Capsaicinoids were found to increase energy expenditure, lipid peroxidation, and also reduce the appetite (13).

In addition, it stimulates digestion and suppresses excess appetite caused by malabsorption of nutrients in the body.

  • Make cayenne pepper tea by pouring a glass of hot water over cayenne pepper (start with one-tenth of a teaspoon or just a dash of cayenne pepper and gradually increase its quantity to one teaspoon). Squeeze the juice from half a lemon in it. Drink this tea regularly at least for a month.
  • Mix two tablespoons each of lemon juice in 10 ounces of water (one glass contains 8 ounces). Stir in a dash of cayenne pepper and drink it.
  • Use cayenne pepper and other spices, such as ginger, black pepper, and mustard seeds, generously in your meal preparations.

6. Curry Leaves

Eating 10 fresh curry leaves daily in the morning works as a great Ayurvedic remedy to deal with obesity and diabetes caused by obesity.

curry leaves for obesity and weight loss

Curry leaves, which are lavishly used for garnishing and flavoring dishes, are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals, carotene, nicotinic acid, vitamins A and C, calcium and oxalic acid.

It is a rich source of biologically active compounds like koenigin, girinimbin, koenidine, triterpenoids etc.

The leaves are traditionally used for its stomachic, tonic, antihelminithic, antidiabetic, antidiarrheal, and carminative properties (14).

In a 2014 report: extracts of curry leaves were reported to remarkably reduce body weight gain, total lipids when given orally to rats fed a high-fat diet.

These curry leaves contain mahanimbine, an alkaloid that has anti-obesity and lipid-lowering effects. Thus, it helps lower body weight and reduces total cholesterol and triglyceride levels (15).

Continue eating these leaves regularly for at least three to four months.

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103 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Obesity & Weight Loss”

  1. what about aloe vera juice? I’ve noticed these jugs on the end caps at my local store….never heard of “drinking” aloe vera before! But growing up, my mother always put it on our sun burns…so what’s the deal with aloe vera? Granted, I could probably google it 😉 But I’d like your input as well, since you’ve more than likely tried it first hand 😉

    1. I drink a mix of
      1/3 apple
      3 palm sized aloe
      3 spoonfulls of honey
      each day, and lost about 8kgs. The good thing about this is that you can get easily hydrated, so when you lose weight, you lose it in a pretty? sort of way.lol
      sorry for not being specific, but it really does help. About how often…I just eat it all the time. I freeze it and make popsicles, mix it into my foods, and of course, drink it. I have an aloe plant in my house, so growing one is an effective idea to consider.

      Hoping this helped…

      1. Hi Julia. If you see my post. What did you use?
        JuliaDecember 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm REPLY
        I drink a mix of
        1/3 apple. Apple juice? Or vinager
        3 palm sized aloe
        3 spoonfulls of honey
        Have you kept loosing or gained back

  2. Hi! Question, can you water, mix lemon juice, apple cider vinegar & cayenne pepper? Can chilly powder be an alternative to cayenne pepper? Thanks.

  3. Can you please tel me that which company of green tea is more effective.i tried many but some companys green tea are not orignal and no effictive . Waiting for your reply . Please help as soon as possible. And really very very thank you for gving such a nice tips. Its really very helpful 2 me

  4. These are all very tried and true ways to lose weight. I have been on the lemon juice every day and the ACV. I also use lots of the spices as mentioned above. I am under the regular care of a Dr and the last time that I went for my check-up, I had lost weight and all my vitals were spot on of where they were suppose to be. The Dr wanted to know what I had done to make such significant improvements in such a short time (over a month I started to notice a difference) This is NO FAD advice, this is advice that really works. Not only does it help you to lose the weight, but it also helps your body to align itself to where it needs to be to give you overall health benefits in many ways.

  5. I have tried these.. Especailly lemon with warm water and honey is very very effective… secondy Do not have 3 to 4 cups of green tea to start with… In the initial phase start with two one in the morning and then evening and then gradually increase to 3 max…. Also cabbage is very effective in loosing weight, I would not recommend raw as it would lead to some other infection, so slightly boil with other vegs and have it in your daily routine.. Thanks for sharing these are real good….

  6. I need help on fibromyalgia… I want to find out remedies for this.. and I love this page. I love ur website thanks plz I need help

    1. Honey packed in bottles contains chemicals for preservation and also sureg serup.So naturaly gained honey is better to use

    2. Honey from market contains chemicals for preservation and also sugar to increase quatity.so it is better to get honey naturaly from mountain livers & villagers.thank u.

  7. The whole combined remedies of lemon,ginger,cinnamon,cayenne pepper and black pepper compliment each other and work wonders,these remedies also have some benefits like skin clearing.I also add olive oil as a source ofcleansing my body inside because its healthy

  8. Already using some of these tips before I read it on this site though, trust me they are very effective… what’s the solution to stop dizziness sometimes when I loose more weight?

  9. Try also a Tsp of honey mix together with a tsp of cinamon powder in a boiling cup of h2o, let stand till bit cold and drink in an empty stomach every morning for two weeks,,it works…goodluck..

  10. i am drinking lemon water with few salyts and 2/3 cloves of garlic everymorning.i want yo loose my fat fast

  11. Very nice
    Actually i am taking honey lemon and ginger powder to reduce my weight.
    I have thyroid (hypo) where i gain weight .
    So kindly help me .

  12. Curry leafs and 1 lemon juice 2 spoonapple cider vinegar 1 tea spoon ginger juice with one galss of water boil and drink on empty stomach every day very good result i gets in obe week loose 6 to 8 kgs

  13. Hi, thanks for the article. It appears that Cinnamon, Fennel Seeds, Lemon, Honey, Mint Leaves, Ginger, Pepper, Curry Leaves, Garlic boosts burning of fat and help in weight loss.

    Will it do good if I could boil water by adding Cinnamon, Fennel Seeds, Mint Leaves, Ginger, Garlic, Curry Leaves, Pepper for 10 minutes and leave it over night. Then in the morning filter it, add Lemon and Honey and drink it like a soup.

    Kindly advice.



  14. I’m drinking 1tbsp acv,1 tbsp honey,1 lemon juice mixed with 1cup warm water every morning with empty stomach b4 breakfast..it does work

  15. Any Nigerian her? Especially d ibo tribe, Pls what’s another name for Cinnamon and Mint leaves or their native [ibo] name. Pls I need response urjently

  16. Hiiii afta takin lemon,water before u eat,can u den sprinkle black pepper on ur meals or it will upset ur stomach plss reply

  17. Nice article. I am trying Mixed Honey and lemon Juice after 30 hours physical exercise. Morning walk is also effective. After all, NatureHealz naturopathy centre is helping me to stay healthy naturally. I joined It’s remote consultation program.

  18. Drinking warm water with lemon,honey n pepper powder is very effective n even green tea with honey n lemon juice is effective.on empty stomach.I have tried n I lost 5kgs in just 3mths.since I am on breastfeed my 1year baby not yet strtd with diet n all.thanks.yu all can try.it really works! God bless!!! 🙂

  19. today i started with lemon juice and few small abs exercises,will keep u update about my results,now i am @93 kgs ,let begin the count

  20. Truly I agree with the remedy OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR…
    I was going thru the tough time of blood pressure so doctor suggsted me to take 2tbsp of ACV a day in one glass of water so I did..
    it not balanced the blood pressure but also unexpectedly reduced my weight…
    one remedy two use…
    thank you

  21. Hi, today i just read this all tips i like this tips from today i will try with lemon juice and honey…..
    Thank you…

  22. can we have lemon, honey, acv, cinnamon powder, ginger all together mixed in hot water early in the morning. i am now 72 – height 5 have a 2nd kid of 6 months old.
    i am not losing weight may be because my thyroid count of 4.8 which is declared to be high. Please confirm to my above doubt and also suggest what best can be done to get rid of this heavy body.

    Thanks one and all. you all been so sweet sharing lovely tips.

  23. I need to loose about 30 lbs I am going to start with honey tomorrow and will definitely start walking. Always feeling tired and stuffed,because I like to eat all the time ,stress alot

  24. Comment: Hi, just read from this site. I will give it a try by starting with lemon juice, honey and water. A very nice tips to follow. thanks a bunch

  25. Try this 1 Cup of Hot water, 1 Green tea,1 Lemon, 1 Spoon Honey. I reduced my weight 9kg for 1 1/2 Month. One time daily on empty stomach.

  26. Your said curry leaves are used for weight loss and we also have another benefits like curry leaves for hair growth.I want to try curry leaves juice i feel juice is beneficial for both weigh loss and hair growth what you says?

  27. lemon ,honey ,ginger,cucumber,mint leaves,Act it work very fast stop junk food ,sweets,fizz, drink strong five roses in the morning without suger

  28. i just dont understand it is a thing of beauty to lose weight but if all of these miracle solutions work then why are they just now being recognized for there great stuff that they do for very heavy people who have got to lose weight like me i am losing weight but not as fast as i want my doc has me on script taking the newest fat lose med from ny ny it feels like winning the lotto 10 million dollars but i would rather it to feel like 50 mill because i want to lose a lot in a short amount of time so i just might try one of these miracle treatments so i can boost my losing up to a little better than a lb a day i have got to go back to work but i cant because i am to heavy by 30lbs this stuff has got to go now the gov is cracking down on fat truck drivers especially the ones that are as heavy as the trucks engine so say the dot is this fat boy truck drivers no no no way this is getting out of hand we just cant have this anymore it to much to watch over all the time so its the end of the rd for fat some drivers will take there dog with them when they go and so the dot has said no fat dogs on board the truck because one fat will breed another to fat fit and trim driver and dog the problem is not getting it off the problem the problem is keeping it off if you dont buy it then you are not tempted to eat it before time to eat so i will ju8st not eat for three months until i get down to my ideal weight

  29. I am 54 year old and 94 kg.I have gone through all msg. I am going to try lemon juice, honey with Luke warm water..I hope it would work for me..I am drinking warm water after every meal. I will share my result in future.

  30. but i have been taking the lemon juice and water for months now and am still gaining weight can someone tell me what is causing that please

  31. Start your day with a warm glass of water and take 2-3 times black tea with pinch of cinamon and cardamom powder. They are mood boosters.

  32. Start your day with warm glass of water and take sugar free black tea with a mix of cinamon and cardamom powder everyday. This is a wonderfull mood booster and increases metabolism as well.

  33. The idea of doing what you enjoy benifits you is because it’s something your going to keep doing. If it’s something you hate doing your more likely to quit after a time. It’s still important to push yourself out of your boundries but you can do that in something you enjoying doing just the same.

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