WEIGHT GAIN/ OBESITY

ESSENTIAL OILS

Cinnamon. Contains cinnamaldehyde, which promotes healthy blood sugar.

Grapefruit. May reduce cravings for sweets and improve metabolism.

Ginger. Helps reduce systemic inflammation and improve digestion.

Black Pepper. Naturally warms the body; stimulates metabolism.

Research
In a study, the scent of grapefruit oil stimulated loss of body fat, strengthened adrenal function and reduced appetite in laboratory animals. Researchers concluded grapefruit oil has tremendous potential as a weight loss aid.

Home Remedy
Weight Loss Boost. Add 1 to 3 drops of grapefruit oil to a glass of water three times daily, or add a blend of cinnamon, grapefruit, ginger and black pepper to a diffuser and take in deep breaths for two minutes, one to three times daily.

Background
“Overweight” and “obesity” are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems. More than 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese, and more than 34 percent are overweight for a combined total of a whopping 69 percent.214 An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. AnadultwhohasaBMIof30 or higher is considered obese. Excess weight is often caused by an overconsumption of calories and physical inactivity. Some other causes may include hormonal imbalances, stress, medical conditions, genetics, toxins or certain medications. The good news is there are steps to treat weight gain and obesity naturally, which include eating a healthy diet, doing weekly exercise and using natural supplements.

Suggested Supplements

» Bone Broth Protein Powder. High in easy-to-digest protein, which may support healthy blood sugar and metabolism.

» Probiotics. Studies have shown improved weight loss with probiotic use; helps clear excess yeast, which may contribute to food cravings.