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Can CBD Oil Support Weight Loss?

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Can CBD Oil Support Weight Loss?
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Brown fat plays a bit of a different role as it burns calories to create heat and maintain body temperature in cold environments. White fat can be converted to brown fat through exercise and sufficient amounts of sleep. Brown fat is more metabolically active (burns more calories) because it has more mitochondria, the quintessential "powerhouses" of every cell in the body.

According to research published in the journal of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, CBD may support the conversion of white fat to brown, therefore burning calories at an increased rate and possibly resulting in weight loss. This is also promising regarding chronic conditions that are caused by excess white fat accumulation.


The Importance of a Healthy Diet

Although CBD hemp oil may support the browning of white fat and increases in thermogenesis, it does not completely replace a healthy diet. CBD supports the functions that may promote weight loss, but only if you are consuming a balanced diet as well.

In order to maintain a healthy weight, you need whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes—all of which contain vital minerals and vitamins that your body requires on a daily basis to function optimally. You can also introduce more natural herbs for weight loss to give an added boost to your diet plan.

Can CBD Help You Exercise?

Some research does show slight correlations between fat oxidation (burning fat) and CBD supplementation, however it is not an excuse to not move your body.

Exercise has a host of hormonal benefits such as increases in HGH (human growth hormone) which is linked to longevity and increases in muscle mass, which in turn leads to a boost in metabolism. Exercise also improves cardiac endurance and heart health, which becomes more helpful as we age or incur injury and cannot exercise consistently.

CBD also has the added benefit of decreasing muscle aches and recovery times after working out, which can make it easier to exercise more often. This is because CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory with analgesic (pain-killing) properties that can decrease pain from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

CBD oil also does not have any nasty side effects like those associated with NSAIDs and other over-the-counter pain relievers.

Different ways to take CBD for Weight Loss

There are a slew of different application styles and CBD products available, although some are better than others when it comes to weight loss. CBD oils are a good option since they start working quickly (within 30 minutes), but don't have many other ingredients—so you won't have to worry about calories, sugars, sodium, etc.

CBD gummies on the other hand are more likely to contain added flavorings or sugary ingredients. While taking a couple of gummies each day won't throw off your diet plan, it is something you'll want to take into consideration when choosing the best CBD product for weight loss. If you like the thought of an easy, daily dose but want to skip the sugary gummy, a capsule or softgel may be a more efficient way to take CBD for weight loss.

Other products like CBD creams may help decease aches and pains caused by exercise, but they won't do much for you when it comes to metabolism, appetite, and other CBD oil benefits that tinctures and capsules can provide.

Takeaways on CBD for Weight Loss

A lot of people are turning to supplements for weight loss, and CBD is one of the best options for a natural plant derivative that can support a healthy mind and body. There are also many other wellness advantages to taking CBD oil for weight loss, including its ability to promote balance in a variety of bodily systems and processes. In conjunction with a proper diet and exercise regimen, CBD may be give you the added boost that you're looking for when trying to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.


Jaclyn Jacobsen, MS is a Functional Nutritionist, freelance writer and founder of Lifestyle Nutrition. She has been in private practice for over 4 years and has extensive experience in community nutrition and the supplement industry. She earned a graduate degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Education from Montclair State University. She has supported countless individuals in the areas of stress management, inflammation, weight management, fitness and hormonal health. Jaclyn has also worked within the eating disorder community, supporting women in resolving disordered eating behaviors, body dysmorphia and healing their relationships with food. She has applied her health and wellness knowledge through writing contributions and features in Greatist.com, Livestrong.com, and GoodHousekeeping.com.

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