Want to know about a desi superfood which a majority of people avoid like a plague because of the misconception that it might lead to obesity and increase in cholesterol levels? It’s our very own ghee! Clarified butter or ghee, available through animal sources is rich in nutrients. Cow’s ghee, particularly, the one that is grass fed, has been found to have amazing health benefits and actually helps one slim down and lose weight. Ghee is popular in weight loss circles due to its ability to mobilize fatty acids so that they can be burnt up and in reducing belly fat. There’s a huge misconception that you should refrain from eating any kind of fat while being on a weight loss diet. Ghee surely has fats, almost 99.9% of it is fat, but it’s in saturated form, and only when consumed beyond a certain quantity, will it have adverse effects. In fact, Kareena Kapoor, who knows how to slim down like a boss, makes it a point to add desi ghee to her every meal. So, in this post, we tell you how ghee can help burn fat and boost weight loss.
How Ghee can Help with Weight Loss:
- Ghee mobilizes aids in mobilization of fats within the cells so that they can be used up as energy.
- Ghee nourishes the body.
- It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which speed up metabolism and accelerates the fat-burning process.
- Ghee is rich in vitamins such as A, D, E, K and these are some of the antioxidants that flushes out toxins.
- Contains conjugated linoleic acid that is thought to reduce overall body fat levels.
- It is also a good source of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is an essential fatty acid that reduces the risk of insulin resistance. As we all know, insulin resistance is directly linked to obesity and weight gain.
- Contains healthy fats which are needed for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
- Increases lean body mass.
- Full of nutrients, especially amino acids.
- Shrinks fat cells in size.
- Reduces inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation makes the body insulin resistant, and as a result, pancreas continuously pumps up insulin to lower blood sugar levels. Now, we all know that insulin is also a fat-storage hormone which triggers the creation of new fat cells. So, inflammation triggers insulin resistance, which in turn leads to more insulin production, and larger creation of fat cells which converts all extra calories into fat, and stores it particularly around the belly area, increasing the waistline.
- The butyric acid content in ghee boosts immunity and makes gut strong, and as we all know, a robust gut and strong immunity are key factors in fat burning.
- The nutrients in ghee detoxifies body.
- Ghee is packed with essential amino acids.
How to Consume Ghee for Weight Loss?
Since ghee is 99.9% saturated fat, moderation is the key even though it has so many benefits attached to it because all the calories in it would add up at the end of the day. Limit ghee consumption to just two or three dollops or tablespoons in a day. Most importantly, do remember that ghee is not a magic ingredient that would melt away fat, without proper dieting such as that on Rati Beauty app and regular exercise, no superfood would result in weight loss.
Here are some different ways you can add ghee to your diet:
1. Add a dollop of ghee to hot steaming dal.
2. Take 1 tbsp of ghee to a glass of warm milk and consume it half an hour before breakfast.
3. Apply it on chappatis and paranthas.
4. Use it as cooking oil (remember just 1 or 2 tbsp).