It’s no secret. Obesity in the United States is a major health issue, resulting in numerous diseases, specifically increased risk of certain types of cancer, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, as well as significant economic costs. While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, obesity rates in the United States are the highest in the world. (Reuters report).
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound gaining a lot of popularity in the natural health world. CBD is one of the compounds called cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. The two best-known cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2, and it is now believed that the ECS is vital in preserving homeostasis, a generalized term used to describe keeping the body in balance.
Activating the endocannabinoid system has many positive results. The use of CBD has been known to have many physical benefits such as:
Supports healthy blood sugar levels
Promotes healthy energy levels
Aids in digestion
Promotes overall feelings of serenity and well-being
Supports optimal immune function
Supports the regeneration of healthy cells
Faster muscle recovery
Some people believe that CBD can aid weight loss, but does it work?
Turns Bad Fat into Good Fat
Proponents of CBD for weight loss also claim that it can convert white, or “bad,” fat into brown fat, which may help the body burn calories.
White fat may also increase the risk of many chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
A 2016 study helps back up this claim. The researchers found that CBD plays multiple roles in how the body interacts with fat.
Not only did CBD help convert white fat cells into brown fat cells, it also stimulated the body to break down fats more efficiently.
The researchers note that CBD may be a promising therapy for preventing obesity.
Another claim is that CBD melts away fat in the body by breaking down the fat and helping eliminate it from the body as waste.
Research from 2018 helps explain this phenomenon. The process of turning white fat cells to brown fat cells actually changes how these cells act in the body.
Brown fat cells may be a more active form of fat. They burn off energy as heat, meaning that they actually burn calories.
As a loss of calories is vital for weight loss, CBD may help burn fat if it turns white fat to brown fat in the body.
CBD May Boost Your Metabolism
Another study, published in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry back in 2016, showed that brown fat is a specialized deposit of fat that can produce heat and increase energy expenditure.
In any case, the study involved researching the effects of CBD on immature fat cells known as preadipocytes. Overall, the research team came to the following conclusions:
Promotes metabolism of fat
The stimulation of proteins and fat genes that encourage the oxidation and breakdown of fat.
Increases mitochondrial activity
Increasing the activity level and number of mitochondria in the body’s cells, which helps burn more calories.
Reduces selective protein expression
Reducing the expression of proteins involved in the generation of fat cells (a process known as lipogenesis).
Proper Dosing of CBD For Weight Loss
Due to the uniqueness of everyone’s endocannabinoid system, CBD does not affect any two people the same way. There are a host of factors that influence its efficacy, including genetics, previous history of use, general health, weight, ethnicity and so on.
It is recommended that you start slow with only a few drops and increase over a couple days until desired effects. Typically I recommend starting with 5 drops in the morning and 5 drops at night.
Please note that CBD should NOT be misunderstood as a miracle cure — and no reputable CBD seller or manufacturer should ever claim otherwise. Furthermore, if you are using CBD for weight loss purposes, don’t expect it to work if you eat fast food three times a day and your exercise routine consists of struggling to twist the cap off your bottle of beer!
The foundation of any effort to lose weight should be built upon a well-balanced diet and an active, healthy lifestyle — using CBD oil by itself will certainly not make you start shedding pounds on the daily. It may, however, help speed up the process tremendously if you take the steps to improve other facets of your daily life.
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