The very term ‘marijuana diet’ may sound like an oxymoron to you and there’s nothing wrong about it. After all, weed is famous for giving you munchies, during which you’re capable of emptying the entire fridge, along with the freezer. Seriously, sometimes, munchies get so out of control that it makes people feel that dieting with marijuana included in your daily routine is simply impossible.
This is why I love debunking myths with science; it totally ruins people’s previous worldview and leaves them with dozens of questions to which they start to seek answers – well, it’s better late than never when it comes to gaining relevant knowledge, isn’t it?
So yes, folks, you can smoke weed and still be in shape. Here’s what science has to say about it.
Studies On Marijuana And Weight Loss
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A study conducted by the American Journal of Medicine that surveyed 4,6557 adults – of which 579 were chronic marijuana users – found that those who indulged in cannabis at least 3 to 5 times a week reported 16% lower fasting insulin levels. Other studies, although there is still much to be researched in terms of this relation, have come up with similar results.
Rapid leaps of insulin – a substance produced primarily by the pancreas – can lead to serious health inconveniences; sometimes, even to severe diseases. If insulin production is high, say, because of consuming massive amounts of calories, too much glucose will be absorbed, and such a person will suffer from the overall fatigue, as well as from the consistent weight gain.
On the other hand, low insulin levels cause damage to arteries as glucose begins to build up. According to the above studies, cannabis use may regulate the process by supporting glucose absorption, increasing levels of ‘beneficial cholesterol’, and boosting one’s metabolism, although scientists are still debating over the subject.
On top of all these news, there is also one question to be considered. Obese people, or those who over eat on a daily basis, do so because eating food triggers the reward center in the brain, especially when it comes to refined starches, processed food, and products with concentrated sugars. To cut the long story short, eating food produces some sort of high in those who can’t stop overindulging on snacks. Cannabis users, in turn, have their own high, which means they don’t need to go overboard with food.
How To Lose Weight While Using Cannabis Regularly?
Although recent studies have shown that people who are chronic cannabis users have a waist size 1.5 inches smaller than their nonsmoking counterparts, it doesn’t mean that you can eat like a hog, watch Netflix, treat yawning as your own exercise, and enjoy the physique of an athlete at the same time. There are certain principles you should obey in order to get the most out of the ‘marijuana diet’.
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According to a study published in the Journal of Health Economics, cannabis can lead towards changes in a person’s behavior, leading people to be more engaged in physical activity. If you’re the wake-and-bake type, select some energizing sativa strains that will make you feel uplifted and ready for a workout. Combine this with the super pleasant feeling of exercising with your favorite tunes, and you’ll get the most awesome experience of your life. In addition, being active stimulates your metabolism; so does cannabis, so if you imagine yourself with a quick vaping session and some solid workout, you’d better start now. Whether it’s simply walking at fast pace, pumping iron in the gym, or doing yoga – find the method that suits you best and don’t procrastinate. You don’t want to be that stereotypical lazy stoner, do you?
PICK A STRAIN THAT WON’T GIVE YOU MUNCHIES
Contrary to what most people believe, not all marijuana strains will give you munchies. If you don’t want to enter the food rampage, stick to strains that have high levels of Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). This cannabinoid has the same psychoactive effects as THC, with one minor difference – the effects don’t last as long. Moreover, high-THCV strains can actually suppress your appetite, which makes them perfect for fighting obesity. On top of that, THCV is believed to maintain the right glucose level in your system while reducing insulin resistance. With that said, not only does cannabis improve your metabolism, but some of its strains can also help prevent diabetes.
Interestingly, even if you get munchies on a regular basis, you may well get accustomed to it over time, desensitizing your cravings as a result.
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It’s been scientifically proven that people who use cannabis tend to drink much less alcohol than those who refrain from using marijuana. However, this may actually be the most difficult time of your life if you’re used to drinking booze, given that alcohol is strongly rooted within our culture despite its destructive impact on our bodies. Fortunately, once you manage to pass through this tough period, you’ll sigh a breath of relief. Health aspects aside, alcohol is also rich in calories, not to mention that these calories are all hollow; in other words, they come with absolutely no nutritional values. Think about how much you can drink during a party, especially if you’ve already loaded your stomach with too much food in order not to get drunk so fast. Or you know what? Don’t do it – stress is not good for losing weight.
JUICE RAW CANNABIS
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Yes, raw cannabis won’t get you high. And yes, it will still deliver beneficial nutrients to your system, many of which can be found in other leafy green vegetables. Actually, there are good reasons why cannabis is considered ‘super food’. Detoxing with the herb is pretty popular in states like Colorado, where you can legally buy large quantity of weed for both medical and recreational purposes. The combination of cannabinoids and fatty acids proves invaluable in fighting inflammation and improves cellular function. Once again, the cannabis plant has to be raw and uncured in order to be juiced and it’s not going to get you high, but it will soon realize how beneficial it is for your well-being.
What is your viewpoint on that matter, fellow stoners? I managed to lose 20 pounds over a year of using cannabis while comfort food prepared at home, only with simple and unprocessed ingredients. I’d like to hear that I’m not alone in this!