Contrary to what mainstream media likes to tell us, there really is no secret to shedding excess weight. Combined with regular exercise and self-discipline, the most sustainable way to lose weight is to change your eating habits.
This doesn’t mean attempting fad diets that are designed to produce fast results but are difficult to maintain. It’s really about understanding what your body needs and making sustainable adjustments to what you put into it.
Hemp is a nutrient powerhouse which not only supports your immune and brain health, reduces inflammation and symptoms of PMS, but it also assists with weight loss.
The enteric nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and brain all communicate with each other. The microbes in our gut crave the foods it is used to, so if you have spent years feeding your body a high sugar and saturated fat diet, our gut sends signals which tell the brain that we are craving a certain sugary or processed food. Eating hemp foods can help to sort out this pattern of craving unhealthy food.
With a complete source of protein containing all 20 amino acids, a high fibre content and a perfect balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, hemp foods boost weight loss by reducing sugar cravings, suppressing appetite and providing ample energy to get through the day.
Hemp seeds and hemp protein contain high amounts of soluble and insoluble fibre which minimises sugar cravings and makes us feel fuller longer. Soluble fibre slows down digestion and stabilises blood sugar levels which prevents sugar cravings, and insoluble fibre can’t be broken down by the digestive system which helps with satiety.
Healthy fats assist in reducing sugar cravings so the perfect Omega 3 and 6 ratio found in hemp seeds makes them a great tool for controlling sugar intake.
The protein found in hemp seeds give you a long-lasting source of energy throughout the day. The body takes longer to break down protein than it does carbohydrates and sugars, which means it releases energy slower and more consistently.
Hemp foods are a natural appetite suppressant and make you feel fuller for longer. The high amounts of amino acids release appetite suppressing hormones that help you recognise that you are full. Amino acids also slow down digestion which contributes to the feeling of satiety.
A simple and effective way to accelerate your weight loss efforts is by introducing hemp to your daily diet. From adding hemp seeds or protein powder to your smoothies and shakes or using hemp seed oil in dressings or dips, there are a number of exciting ways you can incorporate hemp into what you eat daily to make achieving your weight loss goals easier.
Article by our resident hemp blogger – Dana Marinac
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