Ginger Tea For Weight Loss: 5 Simple Recipes

Clinical review: Tatiana Zanin
Registered Dietitian

Ginger tea can contribute to weight loss because it has contains potent diuretic and thermogenic proprieties. It can boost metabolism and stimulate the body to burn more energy. In order for this to happen, ginger tea should be used as a part of a healthy and balanced diet. 

Additionally, ginger is also a great way to relieve gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea and vomiting.

For weight loss, ginger tea can be taken on its own, or with lemon, cinnamon, turmeric, or nutmeg.

How to lose weight with ginger tea

In order to lose weight with ginger tea, it should be consumed at least three times a day. You should avoid eating sugary food (like cookies and cakes), processed food (like soda and juice), fatty food (like pizza), ready-made food, processed meat, deep-fried foot and fast food. 

On the other hand, it’s important to increase your intake of vegetables, fruit, lean meats, eggs, and dairy. Additionally, you should include healthy fats in your diet like those found in nuts and seeds (e.g. peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds), and fish (e.g. salmon, tuna, and sardines) and other foods like olive oil and avocado. 

In addition to diet, it’s important to engage in regular exercise, such as walking, riding a bicycle, running or swimming, for 30 to 60 minutes, at least 3 times a week.

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5 easy ginger tea recipes for weight loss

The following recipes can help boost the benefits of ginger, especially with regard to weight loss:

1. Simple ginger tea

Ginger tea should be made in the following proportion: 1 inch (2 cm) of fresh ginger in 6.8 oz (200 mL) of water or 1 tablespoon of ground ginger for each ¼ gal (1 liter) of water.

Preparation method:

Put the ingredients in a pot and boil for about 8 to 10 minutes. Take the pot off heat, cover it and wait until it cools. Then strain and drink.

How to drink it

We recommend you drink ginger tea three times a day. 

To increase the weight loss effect of ginger, it is important to follow a low-fat, sugar-free diet, and exercise regularly.

2. Ginger with cinnamon

Drinking cinnamon ginger tea is a way to further enhance the weight-loss effects of ginger because cinnamon stimulates fat burning and helps to decrease appetite, as it contains fibers that increase satiety. In addition, cinnamon also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, decrease cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.

Preparation method:

As above, with an additional tablespoon of cinnamon. Turn your stove on medium-high heat and let the infusion boil for about 5-10 minutes.

3. Ginger with turmeric

Turmeric is known as one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients. It is beneficial due to its ability to  improve the immune system, hormone production, and blood circulation.

Preparation method:

Add 1 piece of ginger to 500 ml of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat off and add 2 teaspoons of turmeric. Then covering the pot and allow the tea infuse for 10 minutes before straining and drinking.

4. Ginger with pineapple juice

Ginger with pineapple juice is a great choice for hot days. It also stimulates digestion, as pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps with the breakdown of protein.

Preparation method:

Put a sliced up pineapple in a blender with one to two pieces of ginger, blend and serve it cold, without straining, and without adding sugar. You can serve this on ice, or add mint for flavor.

5. Ginger lemonade

For warmer days, a great option is to make ginger lemonade, which also has weight-loss benefits.

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of water
  • 4 lemons
  • 5 g of ginger, grated or ground

Preparation method

Squeeze the juice of four lemons into a jar together with the water and ginger. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Drink the lemonade through the day.

Other benefits of ginger tea

The benefits of having ginger tea every day include:

  • Decreasing nausea and vomiting. It is safe for pregnant women and patients undergoing chemotherapy;
  • Improving digestion, preventing heartburn and gas;
  • Decreasing blood sugar levels, as it increases insulin sensitivity and it has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body;
  • Preventing some types of cancer and improving immunity, due to gingerol and shogaol, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. These preventthe damage of free radicals to healthy cells. Some studies indicate that it can even prevent pancreatic, gastrointestinal, and colorectal cancers.
  • Fighting infectious diseases due to its antiseptic action;
  • Eliminating toxins from the liver and preventing fatty liver; 
  • Promoting heart health, as it improves circulation and it has antioxidant effects;
  • Preventing kidney stones, due to its diuretic effect.

However, you should be careful because ginger reduces blood viscosity when used in large quantities, and its consumption by individuals who regularly take anticoagulants, such as aspirin, should be supervised by a health care professional to prevent the risk of hemorrhage.

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Atualizado por Tua Saude editing team, em February de 2022. Clinical review por Tatiana Zanin - Registered Dietitian, em February de 2022.

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Clinical review:
Tatiana Zanin
Registered Dietitian
Graduated in Clinical Nutrition in 2001 and has a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition. Licensed to practice under the CRN-3 in Brazil and the ON in Portugal