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Home Remedies for Obesity & Weight Loss

Reviewed by Dr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis
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9. Fennel

Fennel seeds are believed to be useful in weight loss because of their diuretic properties.  Fennel seeds have that wonderful aroma around them, which make them great for flavoring dishes.

fennel seeds for obesity and weight loss

The major compounds of fennel include essential oil, fatty acid, phenylpropanoids, monoterpenoids, sesquiterpenes, coumarins, tannins, flavonoids etc.

The biological properties of fennel are attributed to its volatile and non-volatile compounds in it.  It is useful for the treatment of stomachic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (20).

A diet of fennel seeds was shown to improve weight loss and decrease leptin (a hormone linked to body weight) concentration in obese animal models in a study published in 2017 (21). Diuretics help you lose weight quickly by reducing water retention. They do not cause long-term weight loss though.

  • Slightly dry roast and grind fennel seeds. Sieve the powder. Take one-half teaspoon of this powder twice daily with warm water. This remedy will also help relieve abdominal gas, indigestion, and constipation.
  • You can also drink fennel tea 15 minutes before meals.

10. Honey and Cinnamon

Include honey and cinnamon tea in your diet to boost your metabolism, increase your energy, and detoxify your body. All of these effects support weight loss.

honey and cinnamon for weight loss


Organic honey is a highly nutritious product that contains vitamins and minerals. It is an energy booster and has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties. It is also used to treat respiratory illnesses and for wound healing (22).

Honey fights obesity by promoting fat metabolism. In a study published in 2017, rats that were fed with honey for four weeks had a significant reduction in excess weight gain in comparison to rats that were on a high-fat diet (23).

Cinnamon helps you avoid overeating by fighting insulin resistance and also reduces oxidative stress associated with metabolic syndrome. Sri Lankan or Ceylon cinnamon is the true cinnamon that is well tolerated and safe when used in therapeutic doses. It is traditionally used for a number of ailments including dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea, vomiting, bronchitis, stomach cramps, toothache etc. Cinnamaldehyde and gallic acid are some of the major active constituents.

The traditional use of cinnamon for the weight loss has recently been established in a study published in 2017. The findings of this study conclude that cinnamon may be used as a dietary supplement for the management of obesity (24).

  1. Pour a cup of hot water over a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder (you can also use cinnamon sticks). Let it steep for half an hour.
  2. Mix in one teaspoon of organic honey.
  3. Drink half of it in the morning on an empty stomach, about half an hour before breakfast. Store the rest in the refrigerator and drink it at night before going to bed.


  • Along with these remedies, make sure you drink half of your body weight in ounces of water to flush toxins out of your body. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you should drink 50 ounces of water per day.
  • Studies have found that plant-based foods can help fight obesity because they contain phytochemicals that prevent oxidative stress, which contributes to obesity. Opt for more plant-based foods rather than processed, fast foods. Plus, include grapes, peaches, figs, carrots, and blueberries in your diet.
  • Another very important yet ignored tip to fight obesity is to have a proper breakfast. Research shows that those who have a big breakfast are more likely to lose weight and even a few inches off their waistline compared with those who eat a large dinner. Your breakfast should be protein and fiber-rich, rather than high in carbohydrates. It is also important to relax, exercise regularly along with mindful eating to achieve a desirable healthy weight.


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100 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. 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.

  30. 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.

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