When it comes to getting rid of the flab around the midriff or belly fat, it seems there’s no easy way out. But did you know castor oil has earned quite a rep for being a fat burner? Finding it hard to believe? We don’t blame you as oils are not what we think of when it comes to weight loss. You may have been watching how much oil you generally consume in a day, as we tend to associate oil with weight gain. However, Shreyansh Jain, CEO, medy365.com, an e-commerce portal for ayurvedic products manufactured from WHO GMP approved units, using the latest technology, explains how castor oil can be beneficial. “Not many people are aware of the effectiveness of castor oil for weight loss. Regarded as a cure-all potion, castor oil has been used since ancient times for treating various ailments due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial benefits,” he says.
Shreyansh suggests a few ways in which castor oil can help you lose unwanted belly fat and overall weight.
Gets rid of excess water
The high concentration of mono-saturated fatty acids, especially ricinoleic acid in the oil can manage fluid retention and regulate water fluctuations. Balancing fluids in the body can help in the smooth functioning of the digestive tract that reduces bloating and makes a slimmer profile of the belly. When used topically, the oil can help to reduce swelling and pain in women during menstrual cycles.
Castor oil consists of a fat-burning component (conjugated linoleic acid), which converts fatty acids into vitamins and minerals. Due to its anti-obesity effects, castor oil intake can produce long-term weight loss results and decrease bone mineral mass in overweight people.
Castor oil has been approved as a stimulant laxative by the Food and Drug Administration of America for its ability to relieve constipation and allow easier passing of stool by increasing the movement of intestines to clean out bowels. When the food and fluid pass through the gastrointestinal tract smoothly, one would start to experience a drop in weight. Also, consuming a calorie-restricted diet tends to slow down metabolism, but intake of castor oil would reboot the metabolism and prevent constipation. Detoxification of the body stimulates intestinal motor function and releases neurotransmitters, which helps to ensure good health.
Generally, people tend to eat high-calorie or sweet food items to satiate their cravings, which might provide sudden energy boost but ultimately lead to weight gain. Oral consumption of castor oil can reduce hunger pangs in between meals and eliminate unhealthy cravings as it can make one fuller for long hours and affects the body’s hunger signals.
How to use castor oil for weight loss?
1. You can take two to three teaspoons of oil directly before breakfast or mix the oil with some juice or smoothie to avoid its unpleasant taste. Consuming oil first thing in the morning facilitates clearing out the bowel and getting rid of all the toxins.
2. Massage warm castor oil on your abdomen to burn excess belly fat, get rid of saggy skin as well as reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Performing physical activity after topical application helps to produce results faster, leading to a tighter and more rejuvenated belly.
Note: Make sure to purchase only edible oil if you plan on ingesting it and for added safety, consult your doctor first. Also, make sure to consume the oil in recommended doses to prevent adverse effects such as upset stomach, dizziness, and nausea, etc.
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