How to use lauki (bottle gourd) to easily lose weight at home
A bowl of lauki sabji that you make at home contains less than 75 calories. Read on to know how to use lauki for weight loss.
Ever had those dining table conversations in your family where everyone one thought that if its lauki for dinner then it must be a real routine (read boring) day.
While this humble veggie may not exactly be a favourite with many but if you were to hear about its benefits we guarantee that you will be ordering bottle gourds by kilos next time the sabji wala knocks your door.
Bottle gourd that has many regional names in India such as dhoodhi, ghiya and lauki is commonly found across India. Its many health benefits ensure that despite it sometimes getting a lukewarm reception from the foodies’ its remains a perennial favourite in Indian kitchen.
Some of the most amazing benefits of bottle gourd are its high water content. Almost 92 percent of the veggie is all water. And that explains why grandma always cooked a lauki bhaji during hot summer days to keep your insides cool.
The waxy skinned light green veggie is also a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K including important minerals such as sodium, calcium, and magnesium.
But the best of all remains the weight loss powers that lauki possesses and that is the reason why from gym going stylistas to those struggling with weight issues a lauki can be a boon in the refrigerator.
The veggie is a powerhouse of nutrients and 100 grams of bottle gourd contains about 15 calories and just 1 gram of fat. There is no reason why lauki should not be making a regular appearance on your dining tables.
Juice up the greens
The best way of consuming lauki to ensure a weight loss is to extract its juice. Having lauki juice on an empty stomach cuts off excess fat in the body. However, there are certain important things you must keep in mind before consuming the green wonder drink.
It is important to consume the juice immediately after you have extracted it as it has the tendency of getting oxidized when exposed. Also like any other fruit juice, it is best not sieve lauki juice as it drains away the essential fibers.
How to prepare
Preparing lauki juice is extremely easy. All you have to do is wash the veggie, peel it and cut into small pieces. Just put it together in the mixer and blend. Your glass of goodness is ready.
How it aids weight loss
- Since the major composition of lauki is water it automatically helps in weight loss. Also having it first thing in the morning is believed to also curb your appetite.
- The juice is also diuretic in nature and hence it flushes out any excess toxins from your body, which is another win for anyone aiming for a healthy weight loss program. But do not fret if you are not too fond of green drinks that promise weight loss.
- According to research, consuming raw slices of bottle gourd also can do the trick. It gives a feeling of fullness and its high water content literally adds nothing excess in your body.
- Its soluble as well as insoluble fibers also aid in digestion and keep your gut health in check another important point to consider for anyone looking for a holistic weight loss.