People use garlic for cooking almost everywhere in the world, but it has also been used as a traditional medicine for centuries in many countries. Garlic can help alleviate the symptoms of flu, prevent heart disease and it also has antifungal and anti-bacterial properties. This wonderful herb has many uses, and it can also be of great help for weight loss. In this article we will briefly discuss the benefits of garlic for weight loss and a few ways you can prepare it.
Does Garlic Really Help With Weight Loss?
You can find many testimonials on the internet claiming that garlic helps you lose weight, consumed in various ways. If you are skeptical towards these stories, you don’t really have to trust them. There are at least two scientific studies that have examined the effects of garlic on body weight.
A Korean study, published by “The Journal of Nutrition” in 2011 proved that garlic has positive effects on weight loss in mice. Scientists performed an experiment in which a group of mice was fed a high-fat diet for eight weeks. At that point, the mice were obese. After that, the mice were fed exactly the same diet with the addition of garlic. The results of the experiment were very interesting. After seven weeks, not only did the mice lose weight, but garlic has also helped them recover from effects of the unhealthy diet.
Another study, published in 2012 in “Nutrition Research and Practice”, tested the effects of garlic on postmenopausal women. It has shown that garlic definitely does help women lose weight. The women who have consumed aged garlic extract for 12 weeks have lost weight, had less body fat and their Body Mass Index (BMI) was significantly lower.
How to Use Garlic for Weight Loss
Since garlic has many health benefits, it definitely doesn’t hurt to include it in your weight loss regime. Here is how to do it.
Yes, you can simply eat raw garlic to improve weight loss. You can just chew two cloves of garlic once a day, anytime, or chop it up and use it as a seasoning for salads, soups and various dishes (it goes great with eggplant and fish). Garlic is most effective if you chop it up and let it sit for 10 minutes. You can eat garlic anytime, but if you want to avoid smelling like garlic the whole day it’s best to eat it before bedtime.
You can also make garlic juice by pureeing garlic cloves in a blender. Strain the mixture and save the liquid. Drink one teaspoon of this juice in the morning followed by a glass of lukewarm water.
An alternative way to consume raw garlic is garlic water. It contains all the nutrients of raw garlic but has a bit milder taste. To make it, peel a couple of garlic cloves, soak them in water and leave in the fridge for an hour. When you are ready to drink it, pour ¼ cup of garlic water and ¾ of plain water into a cup.
Still, many people like the taste of garlic, but it’s definitely not for everyone. Especially eating whole cloves. If this is not up your alley, here are some alternatives that have a bit more pleasant taste:
Garlic and Honey
Mix the garlic with honey. Just chop it up, let it sit for ten minutes and mix with a tablespoon of honey. This mixture should be eaten on an empty stomach (so most likely in the morning) for a week.
Garlic and Ginger
Take four pieces of ginger about 2 inches long. Grate the ginger finely and add to 500 ml of boiling water together with 4 cloves of garlic, minced. Let steep for 20 minutes and strain. Drink this mixture like a tea. Lemon and/or honey can be added.
Potential Side Effects
Even though garlic has many positive effects on the human body, this potent herb is not entirely innocent. Most importantly, it can lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels and cause increased bleeding . In some cases, it can also upset the stomach and cause heartburn. There is also a possibility that you are allergic to garlic, but this is not very common.
Still, none of these side effects are particularly serious, so you can safely try using garlic for weight loss. In fact, the most common problem with garlic is the smell. Fortunately, there are some foods that can help neutralize garlic breath. Try eating an apple or some sort of citrus fruit after consuming your garlic weight loss remedy. Milk also helps.
In conclusion, garlic is an herb with many health benefits that also helps with weight loss. This was known by our ancestor and now it is proven by science. Whether you eat it raw, mix it with your food, make garlic water or consume it with honey, lemon or ginger, two cloves a day will help you lose some weight. However, don’t expect garlic to help you lose weight instantly by itself. For weight loss, garlic will work best in combination with exercise and a healthy diet.