Because it’s great for digestion and in reducing cholesterol levels, ginger is the perfect ingredient to use for weight loss recipes. It also works as an appetite suppressant which helps in controlling hunger pangs. It makes you feel fuller so drinking a glass of ginger water before a meal can help you to eat less food and prevent you from feeling extremely hungry. (Remember, when you get hungry and you don’t address that hunger right away, your appetite increases and you will tend to eat more — and this causes you to gain excess weight.) Most importantly, ginger helps burn fat and speed up the body’s metabolic rate.