Tea-lovers, raise your hands if you are tired of drinking cups of green tea on your quest to lose weight. For anyone who has sipped the Indian masala chai, knows how refreshing the flavor can be. From soothing mind-numbing headaches to calming an irritated throat, the benefits of the humble tea are multifaceted. It is safe to say that this seasoned drink has quite a hardcore fan following.
But what if we told that the desi chai can also help you shed a few kilos too when it is prepared in a certain manner? No, we are not kidding. Here’s how you can make an Indian tea for weight loss:
- 10 cloves
- 15 cardamom
- 3 tablespoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ tablespoon ginger powder
- Roast the spices for 2 minutes
- Add one cinnamon stick and continue roasting for 30 seconds
- Turn off the flame
- Add the ginger powder and mix thoroughly
- Let the mixture cool off and grind it properly
- The next time you start brewing your favourite cup of tea, don’t forget to add ½ tablespoon of this masala for added benefits.
Here is the break down of the weight loss benefits:
Cinnamon: It is used in a lot of home remedies due to its effect on the body's glucose level which leads to weight loss. Secondly, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a really healthy spice which aids metabolic health.
Cloves: Apart from adding the fragrant aroma in the tea, clove helps in the regulation of your bowel movements and keeps your cholesterol and glucose levels in check.
Black pepper: It helps to speed up your weight loss process as it contains piperine which is known to regulate metabolism and helps in fighting fat accumulation in the body.
Fennel seeds: Not only fennel seeds (saunf) help in flushing the toxins out of the body, it is also a rich source of fibre which helps you keep feeling fuller for a longer duration of time. Both the properties aid the weight loss process.
Cardamom: The good, old elaichi is well-known for its weight loss benefits. This aromatic spice helps in regulating digestion and fights bloating. It is also packed with melatonin, a nutrient that aids the fat burning process in our body.
Why does it work? All the spices used above are known for their excellent fat burning properties, in addition to several health benefits.
A word of advice Keep in mind not to include any sugar or even honey in your tea as both of them are high in calories. When people are watching their weight, they usually switch sugar with honey considering it the healthier alternative. However, contrary to popular beliefs, one tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories when compared to 49 calories present in one tablespoon of sugar.
Developing the habit of enjoying a steaming hot cup of chai, minus any sweetener will definitely pay you in the longer run.
Disclaimer: This article is not a substitute for qualified medical advice. Please consult your trusted medical professional for further information