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Lose weight quickly with the help of these 10 Indian foods

Did you know how turmeric, garlic and curry leaves could assist you in reaching your weight loss goals?

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : February 28, 2015 11:37 PM IST

Indian cuisine is diverse, and the variety of ingredients used in preparing some of the dishes have a range of health benefits. In today's day and age, a major chunk of the urban population is victim to obesity and stress. The following foods have medicinal properties that will aid in your weight loss goal. However, they will only aid in helping you lose weight, and you'll still have to exercise and maintain a good diet.


Turmeric is one of the basic ingredients used in almost all Indian dishes. It is known to have cancer curbing, antiseptic and healthy weight loss properties. A compound called curcumin present in turmeric helps reduce insulin and leptin resistance levels, both of which are responsible for fat deposits. Turmeric also helps in maintaining blood pressure and in eliminating bad cholesterol from the body. Read more about other spices that cause weight loss.

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Garlic is known for its medicinal properties. Allicin, a sulphur compound present in garlic has anti-bacterial properties. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that also help in burning fat deposits. Garlic has many other health benefits that will encourage you to include it in your diet.


Another Indian spice that not only adds flavour but also helps in burning calories is cardamom. This spice is full of digestive properties and helps in enhancing metabolic activity and hence aids weight loss. Find out the many health benefits of cardamom.

Mustard oil

When compared to other cooking oils, mustard oil has very low quantity of saturated fat. It also has a host of other beneficial elements like fatty acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, erucic acid, essential vitamins and antioxidants which help in reducing cholesterol levels and maintaining an optimum body weight. Read more about the various health benefits of mustard.


Most of us are aware of honey s power in reducing calories. Honey dissolved in warm water consumed in the morning helps in cutting down fat within the body. Read about the various health benefits of honey.

Curry leaves

Curry leaves not only provide flavour to our food, but they also help in removing harmful toxins and unwanted fat deposits from the body. Read about the various health benefits of curry leaves.


Chillies are a staple ingredient in Indian cuisine. Powered with a key element called capsaicin, chillies help in increasing the metabolic activity and the heat generating property of capsaicin helps in burning additional fat within the body. Read about why chillies are healthy for you.

Bean sprouts

Bean sprouts are quite beneficial because they have loads of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. They reduce hunger pangs and aid in weight reduction. Did you know you could lose weight easily in 7 days? Here's how.


Cabbage is grown locally in almost all parts of India. It slows the process of transformation of carbohydrate and sugar contents into fat, which in turn helps in maintaining the fat content. Read more about why cabbage is great for weight loss and its various health benefits.


Millets such as ragi, jowar and bajra are rich in dietary fibre and help in maintaining a good cholesterol level. Millets also enhance bile secretion which burns down the extra calories. Read more about the health benefits of ragi and find out why bajra is extremely healthy for you.

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