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5 simple ways of incorporating flaxseeds into your diet to lose weight

Updated on:1 June 2021, 11:37am IST
The tiny nutrient-rich flaxseeds have gained tremendous popularity for weight loss. Here are five ways to incorporate them into your diet to lose those extra kilos.
Aayushi Gupta
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This is how flaxseeds can help with weight loss. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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If weight loss is a major concern for you, then adding flaxseeds can be a great addition to your diet. These nutrient-rich seeds are packed with impressive health benefits, and yes it includes helping you lose those extra kilos.

Here are some of the nutrients that flaxseeds contains:

1. Omega fatty acid

Flaxseeds or linseeds contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (alpha linolenic acid) and omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid). These essential fatty acids can reduce inflammation in the body, and balance your metabolism.

2. Lignans

These seeds are also a great source of lignan, which is a plant compound rich in antioxidants and estrogen properties. This is why they help in weight loss by improving the functioning of the cells that burn fat.

3. Fibre

The tiny brown seeds also contain fibre, which can help you lose belly fat.

4. Protein

These flax seeds are a great source of plant-based protein and are low in calories, thereby giving your metabolism a serious boost and preventing weight gain.

Here’s how you can incorporate flaxseeds into your diet:
1. Flaxseeds tea

Add these seeds to your tea, and see how your weight melts away. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

1 tbsp flaxseed powder

Cinnamon

Honey (to taste)

1.5 cups water

Try flaxseeds tea to aid your weigh loss journey! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Procedure:
  • Take one cup of water into a tea pan, and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon and flaxseed powder. Now, boil it for another 5-8 minutes, and remember to stir occasionally.
  • Turn off the gas and strain the liquid.
  • Add honey, as per your taste. (You can add lemon juice instead)

Your flaxseeds tea is ready!

2. Flaxseeds and yogurt

We know how flaxseeds work well for weight loss, but did you know yogurt is a protein-rich source, which speeds up metabolism and also keeps you satiated for longer? Yes, that’s how it helps with weight loss. And when yogurt is mixed with flaxseeds, it makes a perfect recipe for weight loss. 

Here’s how to make it:

Procedure: 
  • Combine powdered flaxseeds and curd in a deep bowl and mix them well. Serve immediately. 
  • It is one of the easiest ways to enjoy flaxseeds as a flavourful snack, which is rich in protein, calcium, and vitamin D.
3. Flaxseeds drink

This works well on an empty stomach, so drink it right in the morning. It’s a tasty and healthy recipe, which can easily boost your weight loss journey.

Ingredients:

3-4 tbsp flaxseeds

1 cup water

Procedure:
  • Take a cup of water into a bowl, and add flaxseeds to it. 
  • Let it stay like that until morning.
  • In the morning, strain the liquid and consume it first thing on an empty stomach.

Consume twice or thrice in a week.

These tiny seeds can do wonders for weight loss. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Flaxseeds smoothie

Flaxseeds smoothie is a healthy way to start your day. Adding flax seeds to your smoothie can help you stay full for hours. Moreover, it can help to increase the nutrient intake in your body.

Ingredients:

1 cup water

2 tbsp flax seeds

1 cup of fresh spinach

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup of frozen banana

Procedure:
  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve it immediately and enjoy your weight loss smoothie.
5. Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed oil is packed with several health benefits. It is a rich source of alpha linolenic acid. The body converts these essential polyunsaturated fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory and may help with weight management. Besides, it can also improve your heart health and help to treat constipation. Therefore, flaxseed oil can be a great choice to replace other oils in your cooking to benefit your weight loss goal.

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