CBD oil and Weight Loss
CBD oil and weight loss? Have you ever wondered if it works? Could it be the easy way out to get rid of those extra kilos? We have all been there, standing in front of the mirror wondering why you had that piece of cake or those extra drinks. Food and drinks surrounds us everywhere and the temptations are endless. Now saying no just suddenly got a whole lot easier……..
Why is it so hard to keep a diet?
From an entirely logical perspective, eating covers several requirements. It brings the energy to do things, helps us build up stores of energy and provides the materials we need, to build and maintain our bodies. Therefore, our body requires a regular intake of nutrients, vitamins and calories to maintain day-to-day functioning.
However, at some point the human brain gets involved and then everything goes to hell.
Making the right food choices!
Finding food these days isn’t a problem; we can literally get it at the touch of a button – you don’t even have to get up and go to the fridge anymore, with easy apps to have fast food delivered to your door. The fundamental systems in our brain, haven’t quite figured this out yet though (evolution takes a long time, apps do not), so the instinct to eat as much as we can of a thing we like, stays with us.
The fact that while the brain tries to do a sensible job of regulating our appetite, based on calorific requirements, consuming high-calorie foods induces pleasure, all via the reward pathways in the brain This is giving us a very strong liking for these things, regardless of whether we need them or not.
This positive association with certain foods can be so strong, that the brain overrules the stomach when it’s telling us we’ve eaten enough. You’ve probably tried this yourself. You’ve sat groaning after a big meal where you ate a starter and a big main course, meaning your stomach has stretched and released signals saying “no more”. Then the waiter offers to show you the dessert menu, and you say “sure”.
Habits are another problem. The brain is good (and really quick) at habit forming, especially with food, hence the common term “eating habits”. This is why it can be very hard to stop eating unhealthily. The brain learns to expect food at certain times, and prompts us when we don’t supply it. Ergo, it takes a lot more willpower than you think to cut down on snacks. Good news is that it only takes 10 days to get rid of a bad habit.
What happens in the brain when we diet?
As most diets are about eating less calories than spent, over a period of time, at any start of any diet: YOU ARE HUNGRY!! – both physically and also mentally.
Two hunger hormones are responsible for trying to regulate the body’s need: ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is known as the hunger hormone, as it is released when energy in the brain is low. This hormone creates that hungry feeling that convinces you to consume glucose (sugar, carbohydrates) which is your brain’s preferred source for energy. Leptin is known as the satiety hormone, because it signals the brain when you’ve eaten enough and energy levels are met.
These signals have 3 functions. They tell your body when to think about and look for food, when to slow down and conserve energy, and when to store fuel for a coming “famine”— all in the name of survival. “The practical brain isn’t concerned with looking slim and pretty. It is concerned with maintaining life. Your body and brain are programmed to remain stable at your current weight.
How can we alter our thoughts with CBD oil?
Some studies have shown that eating disorders, revolve around the reward system, which ultimately changes our dopamine levels. We can not deny that eating a 3-course meal and coffee and cake is a disorder. Seen from a primal point of view. Additionally, other studies have shown that CBD helps promote a healthy appetite without developing addictive behaviors such as binge eating or craving unhealthy foods. Research has also shown that CBD-high and THC-low products can actually curb carvings of feel-good snacks and carbohydrates.
This is because CBD works within our own Endocannabinoid system (ECS) a communication system made up of internal cannabinoids, receptor cells, and enzymes found all throughout the body which promotes and maintains a homeostatic balance which includes the way we feel and think.
How can it be done? – THCV is the answer!
One of the 113 cannabinoids in the hemp plant called tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) can actually block your mental appetite. Just like THC gives marijuana smokers “the munchies” – THCV does the opposite.
If you want the know more about the cannabinoid THCV read our blog: What is THCV? To learn more about our Natural Appetite Suppressant CBD Oil – Eat Less – please view the video below, and continue reading this article.