CBD and Weight Loss
I write this from 35,000ft, flying home from a trip to visit my new partners at CBDistillery. I just spent two days touring their production facilities and meeting the team. My interest in CBD spans more than a year, researching it and testing tons of different brands before my introduction to CBDistillery.
CBD is gaining a lot of traction and popularity right now across the world. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s short for Cannabidiol and it’s one of the 113+ compounds found in hemp plants. It’s a non-intoxicating cannabinoid (nope, you won’t get high from it!) that has the ability to act on cannabinoid receptors that are part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
As you may know, I love to test everything weight loss-related as I hear about it. I heard a lot about how CBD was great for reducing inflammation, pain management, better sleep and decreased anxiety. It surprised me to discover research is even beginning to link CBD, and even THC, to lower BMIs. Naturally, I want to see what all the fuss is about. And honestly, as I move into my late forties, I hope some of what I read is true.
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You see, I am in perimenopause and just don’t feel like myself. I feel more anxious most of the time, and my sleep is disrupted as well. I played around with CBD and to my surprise, I LOVE it. Within about three to four days, I just feel a sense of ease. Additionally, my body feels less sore from my workouts and I feel more flexible due to a decrease of inflammation. My sleep is more restful, I have more energy and wake up ready for my day.
I now recommend CBD to all of my clients and I really believe it can be a great addition to a weight loss regimen. Most of my clients come to me with high levels of stress in their lives. Many create really bad habits around stress, including using food and alcohol to reduce it. Food can deliver a nice stress-relieving dose of serotonin, so it makes sense why we eat when stressed. That’s why stress is its very own pillar in my book, Target 100!
What I notice in my own experience with CBD is a general sense of calm - and I hear and see this from my clients as well. This results in their ability to turn to food less often and cut back on alcohol use as well. CBD helps to gently relax the ECS and align it for more balance. It’s an organic, plant-based natural supplement that works well with our bodies.
Lack of sleep, or poor-quality sleep, is a huge factor for weight gain and limited weight loss. Because sleep is also disrupted in the highly stressful environment that we live in these days, CBD helps me and my clients fall asleep faster and have a better night’s rest overall.
For all of these reasons, I am a huge fan of this emerging supplement. I choose to partner with CBDistillery because they’re the most transparent, highly trusted brand out there right now. Their products are third-party tested and they use all natural farming techniques. They even own their own farm shares and futures. Most of all, I really feel a big difference in the quality after testing so many other brands.
My tips to getting started WITH CBD:
Understand you’ll need to play around with the dosage to find the right product for you. I like the 30 mg soft gel capsules and take one each day along with all of my supplements. I also take a nighttime gummy before bed that has a nice blend of CBD and Melatonin for a great night’s rest with no grogginess in the morning. You may prefer the oil that you place gently under your tongue or even gummies.
When you start, take your first few doses at night to see if it makes you sleepy. I personally don’t, so I can take mine midday without any tiredness.
BE CONSISTENT! This is not a miracle drug. You won’t immediately feel anything, but over the course of a few days of taking it, you’ll notice a very subtle difference.