Freshly cut aloe vera leaves

Aloe Vera for Weight Loss: Proven Benefits and Side Effects

Weight loss has become an increasingly important element of a healthy lifestyle in the wake of growing obesity concerns. At the same time, aloe vera has found increasing support in literature as a solution to obesity and overweight problems. Aloe vera demonstrates anti-obesity effects and aids in weight loss in several ways.

Cut aloe vera pieces

Improves Metabolism

Aloe vera accelerates metabolism and enables the body to burn excessive fat. The process helps control the buildup of excessive fats in the body and prevents obesity. The increased breakdown of excessive fats when one takes aloe vera juice also assists in keeping weight in check.

Studies have shown that aloe vera helps in the regulation of lipid metabolism in the liver and distribution of fatty acids in the body.

There is also another study that has demonstrated that aloe vera plays a key role in reducing intra-abdominal or belly fat.

Boosts Blood Sugar Control

Additionally, aloe vera facilitates blood sugar regulation in the body. It particularly eliminates the excessive sugars that would have otherwise been converted into fatty acids and stored in the adipose tissue as fat.

Proper blood glucose regulation also prevents excessive hunger or cravings that often contribute to weight gain. Evidence indicates that taking 2 tablespoons of aloe vera everyday for a period of two weeks leads to a significant reduction in blood glucose.

Side Effects

Although aloe vera might help in weight loss based on the mechanisms outlined above, it can cause several side effects. First, it contains aloin, a strong and naturally occurring compound that acts as a laxative.

Aloin can promote the loss of water weight. At the same time, this compound can cause diarrhea, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalance. Aloe vera is also likely to cause abdominal cramps.


Caution is necessary when using fresh aloe vera for weight loss. In particular, the removal of latex, a colorless part of the aloe vera leaf between the gel and the outer skin, is recommended.

This part of the leaf is responsible for abdominal cramps and diarrhea that often accompany the use of aloe vera. It is also responsible for the bitter taste in aloe vera.

However, the aloe vera gel is safe for use. The addition of this gel to shakes, smoothies, salads, or soups makes it easier to ingest. One or two tablespoons of the aloe vera gel daily is sufficient for various health benefits, including weight loss.

If you want to explore more benefits of aloe vera with a focus on skin care, wound healing, acne management, and others, please check out Six Proven Health Benefits of Aloe Vera.

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