15 Healthy and Realistic Home Remedies to Lose Weight

home remedies to lose weight

Whether it is a few stubborn pounds or mountains of weight that you need to lose, diet plans with rules, restrictions, calculating and stress tend to fail. There is no magic formula, pill or single ingredient to shed pounds. Instead of a new diet plan, you need a new lifestyle commitment. We’re going to provide you with healthy and realistic home remedies to lose weight which can give you a leg up on your new lifestyle.

These 15 home remedies are not complete solutions to weight loss and will not cure some issues which add to the complexity of obesity. For those more severe weight loss issues, you need to consult a health care professional.

15 Home Remedies to Lose Weight Which Actually Work

Commit to Whole Foods

Committing to whole foods is the essential first step on our list of home remedies to lose weight.

What to do:

  • Dump highly processed and packaged foods (no matter if it has fat free, low fat, sugar free, zero sugar or whatever on the label).
  • Get rid of canned and processed juices, soft drinks and beverage mixes (sugar-free, low sugar, zero sugar mean nothing).
  • Commit to replacing everything you eat with whole foods. Whole fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats are better and organic ones are best.

How it works:

The real problem with packaged and processed foods comes from the chemicals used to preserve them for packaging. Those chemicals keep your liver occupied doing the job of filtering rather than metabolizing fat in your body. Free up your liver, and it will be able to function better.

Cinnamon and Honey

Next on our list of home remedies to lose weight is an easy one to swallow; cinnamon and honey.

What to do:

  • Over ½ tsp of ground cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick), pour 12 oz. of boiling water.
  • Cover and allow it to steep for 30 minutes.
  • Add in 1 tsp of raw honey.
  • Drink ½ of this tea on an empty stomach and 30 minutes before breakfast.
  • Drink the other ½ before going to bed.

How it works:

Honey promotes fat metabolism and cinnamon curbs the appetite by fighting insulin resistance. It also reduces oxidative stress by helping to flush chemical toxins from your body.

fennel seeds

Fennel Seeds

Another among our best home remedies to lose weight are fennel seeds.

What to do:

  • Place 1 cup of fennel seeds in a skillet and dry roast them for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Grind the roasted seeds and sift them through a sieve.
  • Mix ½ tsp of this powder in a glass of warm water twice daily.
  • It works best if you drink it 15 minutes before your two biggest meals.

How it works:

Fennel seeds help weight loss by reducing water retention. They also help stimulate digestive enzymes for better digestion.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is another of the top home remedies to lose weight.

What to do:

  • Scoop out the pulp of 2 fresh aloe vera shoots.
  • Add the pulp to a blender along with 1 cup of orange, grapefruit juice, or mineral water.
  • Blend for several minutes and drink this daily for at least one month.

How it works:

Aloe vera mobilizes unused fat in the body, increases energy consumption and helps to metabolize fat. It can also contribute to clean your lower GI of toxins.

Matcha Green Tea

The most powerful among our home remedies to lose weight is matcha green tea.

What to do:

  • Traditionally make matcha green tea using a bamboo whisk.
  • Sift ½ tsp of tea into a cup. Pour in hot water that is just below boiling.
  • Mix vigorously using the bamboo whisk.
  • Drink this tea twice a day.

How it works:

Absent of calories and loaded with tonnes of nutrients to support vital bodily functions, matcha green tea reduces oxidative stress while metabolizing fat. It is also helping your body to burn calories up to four times faster.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is the hottest among our home remedies to lose weight, and it works.

What to do:

  • Pour 8 oz. just below boiling water over 1/8 tsp of ground cayenne pepper. Add 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and one tsp of honey.
  • Drink this tea daily for at least one month.
  • Increase your use of cayenne pepper in cooking and to season your foods.

How it works:

Cayenne pepper stimulates digestion and allows for better absorption of nutrients, keeping away cravings. But its greatest contribution comes from capsaicin. This component stimulates your body to metabolize fat and increase calorie expenditure.


A surprising item on our list of home remedies to lose weight is cabbage.

What to do:

How it works:

Cabbage contains tartaric acid which helps to inhibit the conversion of carbohydrates and sugars into fat. Additionally, as a cruciferous vegetable, it helps improve the imbalance of estrogen metabolism which is the cause of increased fat storage. As sauerkraut, it contributes better gut flora, which, in turn, promotes better nutrient absorption.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Among our most popular home remedies to lose weight is apple cider vinegar.

What to do:

  • First thing in the morning and before meals, drink a glass of warm water with two tsp of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed in.
  • As a substitute, you can mix 1tsp each of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in warm water if you can’t quite handle that much vinegar.

How it works:

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar helps metabolize fat, keeps your body on the alkaline side of the pH scale and improves digestion and absorption.

curry leaf

Curry Leaves

Also among our effective home remedies to lose weight are curry leaves.

What to do:

  • Thoroughly chew and swallow ten fresh curry leaves first thing in the morning before eating breakfast.
  • Continue this daily for several months.

How it works:

Research indicates that curry leaves contain mahanimbine, which is an alkaloid with lipid-lowering effects. Besides reducing weight, it also reduces total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Dandelion and Peppermint

Though an odd combination, dandelion, and peppermint are among the best performers on our list of home remedies to lose weight.

What to do:

  • Pour 8 oz. of boiling water over a combination of 1 tsp each of dried dandelion leaves and dried peppermint leaves.
  • Cover and allow the tea to be steep for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Drink this 15 minutes before your two largest meals.
  • You can also use whole dandelion leaves in salads, and the whole mint leaves to add flavor to meals.

How it works:

This great pair provides all sorts of liver protection and digestive magic. Dandelion helps guard against damage to the liver and both stimulate bile production in the liver for better digestion and the enhancement of nutrient absorption.


Another great contributor to our list of home remedies to lose weight is sage.

What to do:

  • Pour 8 oz. of boiling water over two tsp dried sage or a handful of fresh sage.
  • Allow the tea to steep for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Strain and drink a couple of times a day or whenever you feel particularly stressed.

How it works:

The calming effects of sage help to reduce the production of the hormone, cortisol, which is associated with the production of fat storage.

Drinking Water

Drinking water is the simplest item on our list of home remedies to lose weight, but still one of the most effective.

What to do:

  • Do whatever it takes to drink a minimum of 64 oz. of water every day.
  • Marking a ½ gallon container with goals is one method some people use.
  • Keeping a full glass or bottle of water in front of you at all times is one of the most efficient ways to stay hydrated.

How it works:

Staying hydrated not only makes your bodily systems function better, but it helps to curb appetite and craving as well as flushing toxins and waste out of your system. Because of those aspects, you’ll boost your energy and your attitude for staying committed to losing weight as well.

For some people, drinking water can be a hassle, especially if you do not like the taste of water. If this describes your relationship with water, then one of the best ways to get over this is by infusing your water with flavorful fruits and veggies. When you infuse your water, you give it a burst of flavor that allows it to be a bit more bearable. 

One of the best ways to start infusing your water is by investing in a water bottle infuser. These types of water battles have a hollow interior that come with tiny little holes that allow the flavor of your fruits and veggies to leak out. 

You can infuse your water with whatever choice of fruits or vegetables that you prefer. Overall, when you infuse water, you give it a hint of flavor that will keep you sipping all day long. 

Speaking of sipping water, you will want to make sure that you carry around your water bottle throughout the day. This will give you the ease of access to taking frequent sips throught the day. Doing this will ensure that you stay properly hydrated as you will not be left with coming home after a long day of work on to gulp down a whole bottle of water.

Coconut Oil

Another of our best home remedies to lose weight is coconut oil.

What to do:

  • Take 1 Tbsp of coconut oil by mouth 5 to 10 minutes before each meal to help curb your appetite.
  • If you have trouble with sugary cravings, repeat the process.
  • You can also replace your other cooking oils with coconut oil.

How it works:

Not only is coconut oil an incredible appetite suppressor, but it also does wonders for boosting your energy and assisting in the digestive process.

Plain Yogurt and Honey

Plain yogurt and honey make also a major player on our list of home remedies to lose weight.

What to do:

  • Rather than getting sucked into the flavored yogurts and their great false hopes, try mixing 1 cup of plain (not vanilla) yogurt with a Tbsp of raw honey.
  • If you want to add some fruit, berries, nuts or cereal, go ahead, if they’re fresh and not highly processed.
  • Eat this with your breakfast or as a snack.

How it works:

Improving your gut flora with probiotics like yogurt and honey, make an enormous difference in nutrient absorption, which in turn helps you gain better control of your appetite and your cravings.

Also, the sweetness of the honey is a lot better for your body than just using pure suger. This method can be a great option to go with if you are looking for a strong breakfsast meal to get you thorugh the day. Having a yougurt an honey with you throught the day can also serve as the perfect pick me up snack too. 



Like it or hate it, asparagus is a champion with potential on our list of home remedies to lose weight.

What to do:

How it works:

The fiber content in asparagus is one of the reasons that it helps to curb your appetite and keep down the cravings. But the abundance of vitamins and minerals in this powerful whole food are an example of what whole foods can do to boost your health, vitality and help you lose weight.

Slimming Down

There is no magic formula or super-diet that will instantly shed off the pounds. You have to make a commitment to a lifestyle change that includes eating right and getting regular exercise. You can start your involvement using one or several of our 15 good and realistic home remedies to lose weight.

Then, just keep on discovering new and exciting whole foods, herbs and spices to keep you dropping pounds. Leave your comments, recipes and success stories in the section below; we’d love to read them.

The key to getting to a point in your life where you are able to slim down all comes back to your lifestyle choices. With your lifestyle, you need to consider what you put into your body and how active a life you choose to live. These two factors when put together can make for a great formula for losing those extra pounds.

Just remember, if you are aiming to lose a few pounds, there is no such thing as selective weight loss. For example, if you want to lose weight just in your belly area, you will not be able to do this. Fat loss is a gradual process that is reflected all over your body, and can not be targeted towards one specific part. With that being said, we hope that you have found our home remedies for weight loss helpful. Have you tried any of these tips at home? Let us know how they worked for you below!

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