CBD and Weight Loss: Can CBD Really Help You Lose Weight?

This article first appeared on MadebyHemp.

 

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Anyone unfamiliar with cannabidiol, or CBD, may be surprised to learn its association with weight loss. After all, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in cannabis has long been known to do the exact opposite; stimulate appetite. However, now that medicinal cannabis is legal in more parts of the world, new research (linked below) has found that industrial hemp-derived CBD may have an effect on weight. How you ask? Read on and find out.

What is CBD and How Does it Work?

Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis, and CBD is one of over 100 known today! After THC, CBD is the second most plentiful cannabinoid, composing up to 40 percent of some cannabis extracts. While THC is known for its intoxicating effects, CBD doesn’t get you high.

Studies have shown that CBD may offer its benefits by stimulating certain receptors in our body’s endocannabinoid system and prolonging the effects of the “bliss molecule” anandamide. By allowing anandamide to remain in the body longer, it doesn’t just help soothe soreness but also helps in other areas as well. CBD may also support the body by helping to decrease the number of cytokines, which are inflammatory molecules. 

What does this all have to do with weight loss? Keep on reading…

4 Ways CBD May Help with Weight Loss

1. CBD’s Effects on Food Intake

Unlike THC, CBD does not make you hungry. Though there haven’t been many studies on the effects of CBD on weight loss, one study found CBD could actually reduce food intake. Researchers compared three cannabinoids and found that CBD minimized total food consumption in rats. It works by helping to block the overflow of neurotransmitters, which leads to binge-eating behaviors, thus regulating appetite and weight. However, as these tests were done on rats, more research on the effects of CBD on human appetite is still needed.

2. CBD to Combat Stress-Eating

Many people turn to food to help them deal with stress. The endorphins that stress eaters get from eating unhealthy comfort foods may effectively battle stress hormones, but it does so at the cost of weight gain, as well as other health problems. Because CBD has been found to help ease stress and anxiety, it may curb this behavior and prevent you from putting on unwanted pounds due to stress-eating.

3. CBD and Breaking Down Fat

One study published in the Journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry found that CBD stimulates the genes and proteins that help break down fat. CBD speeds up “fat browning”, which is the process that turns the white fat cells linked with obesity into healthier brown fat cells that generate energy. The researchers also found that CBD may increase the activity of mitochondria, boosting the body’s ability to burn calories while decreasing the number of proteins involved in fat cell generation.

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4. CBD to Manage Blood Sugar

Sugar is a highly addictive substance that can wreak havoc on your health and weight. Once diabetes develops, the body becomes more resistant to insulin, causing more fat absorption. CBD has been found to minimize insulin resistance, decreasing fat build-up.  

How to Use CBD Oil for Weight Loss

Though more studies need to be done on CBD’s effects on human weight management, CBD is quite safe and has very few side effects. While the findings of recent research are promising, it’s important to note that these studies are still in their early stages. However, when coupled with a healthy diet and exercise, CBD oil could very well lead to faster, healthier weight loss.

Protein Shake Comparison

Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your weight, or just want to make sure you get enough protein in your diet, it is difficult to figure out which protein powder to purchase…and which one is right for you.

Since one of my health goals is increase muscle mass and gain some extra weight, I’ve been researching protein powders.  While it is recommended that we receive our protein from whole foods, sometimes it is a good idea to supplement your diet with a protein powder. And as we age, the easier it is for use to lose muscle mass.

With the various types of protein powders on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? It depends on the type of diet you eat i.e. vegan, vegetarian, carnivore…and whether you’re looking to supplement your meals, whether for body building, or whether it is for weight loss.

Protein powders offer several health benefits besides building muscle mass.  Protein powders repair and build muscle, aid in burning fat, boost post workout muscle repair, improve general health, and is provides a protein option for Vegetarian and Vegans.

Types of Protein Powders

Whey

Whey is a milk protein which repairs muscles right away and is instantly absorbed. When it comes to building lean muscle, research shows that whey protein is the way to go. Being the most popular protein powder on the market, whey provides an ideal array and proportion of amino acids to assist with muscle recovery and growth, as well as enhancing fat loss. Derived from milk, whey is considered the fastest-digesting “complete” protein, meaning that it contains all the essential building blocks of muscle (amino acids), including high amounts of the all-important group of branched chain amino acids (BCAA). BCAAs become depleted after exercise and are needed for the maintenance of muscle tissue. It is recommended to consume whey immediately after working out to repair muscle damage. This is critical because the muscles feel like a sponge. Note, whey protein shakes are often used at the end of workouts by many bodybuilders and weight lifters because they are easily digested and absorbed in the body. This leads to faster recoveries and more muscle mass..

Soy

Soy is a popular vegetarian protein source, soy protein is something to consider for boosting overall health. Sports research shows that soy results in inferior strength gains when compared to whey, the differences are minimal for a healthy woman. At the end of the day, an elite athlete may need the slight edge of whey due to heavy training, but for the average active gal, soy protein powder provide the biggest bang for your “health” buck. Note: research and check that soy is not genetically modified.

Brown Rice/Pea Protein

While much of rice seed is carbohydrate, it does contain some protein, which is extracted without the use of chemicals during processing to make brown rice protein powder. As with all plant proteins, quinoa is an exception, rice protein is incomplete. It lacks one of the essential amino acids, lysine, which helps manage triglycerides, a form of body fat and is necessary for hormone production and bone growth.

Hemp

Hemp is perfect for vegans or those who want to avoid foods of an animal origin. Hemp protein offers inflammation-fighting power of essential fatty acids. The omega-3s in hemp aid in muscle recovery after workouts or training. Whole hemp seeds contain a small percentage of a highly digestible protein, however, the amino acid profile is not complete, but eating a variety of plant proteins throughout the day which include a mix of beans, legumes and grains may provide your body with all the essential amino acids you need.

 

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Be careful not to overdo it on the protein.  Look at your weight then look at the amount of protein that should be in your diet.  There are several websites that provide protein calculators.  Be sure to drink lots of water.  If you are in the minority and need to gain weight, I suggest eating frequent meals throughout the day to increase calories and supplement with smoothies or shakes and add whey or plant-based protein for a quality source of protein.

I recommend checking labels to verify whether the protein powder and ingredients contain GMOs.  Check sugar content and type of sugar.  Avoid artificial sweeteners. Check with your physician if you are taking any type of medication.

 

Protein Shake Comparison

I’ve researched several protein powders on the market from protein powders available at GNC and gyms to network marketing companies (Arbonne,  doTERRA, Beachbody Shakeology, Isagenix, Juice Plus, Herbalife, Melaleuca, Modere, USANA, and VEMMA,) to the Vitamin Shoppe (Sunwarrior, Vega, and Garden of Life).

 

These are some of my favorite protein powders. My conclusions are based on the amount of iron content and ingredients, and grainy taste. And they are non-GMO.

I believe lasting weight loss and finding your ideal weight is a part of being healthy.  I also don’t believe that meal replacement shakes should be used as a way to restrict calories.  They should be used to give you quality, convenient calories that promote health.  Remember: Eating healthy is not about dieting, it’s a lifestyle.

 

Important factors to consider when looking for the best protein powder

Where is the protein sourced

How is it processed

Protein option: soy free, gluten free, plant-based, low glycemic

Quality

 

Types of Protein Powders

Plant-based/Vegan protein powders: Sunwarrior, Vega, Isagenix, Beachbody, and Arbonne.

Whey Protein Powder: Isagenix’ IsaLean Shakes, Beachbody, and USANA.

Soy Protein Powder: Juice Plus and USANA

 

In conclusion, there are so many protein powders so do your research and see which one works for you and your health goals.

 

Side Note: I’ve been a customer of all the above brands and/or companies; however, I am an Isagenix associate and recommend their products to my clients.