Weight loss is a challenging process for most people… but it often becomes even more difficult as we get older. Why? Because our metabolism slows down and our bodies just don’t metabolize fats and foods in general. Specific kinds of foods and natural essential oils and herbs can be an effective aid in losing weight (and usually in a healthier way).
Grapefruit (or Grapefruit Essential Oil) – can help with appetite suppression and metabolizing fat. Grapefruit (and grapefruit juice) is known to decrease your insulin levels and that can decrease the amount of sugar that is stored as fat. But don’t feell like you need to eat an entire grapefruit to lose weight. Grapefruit essential oil works in the same way, activating enzymes within the body that will help break down fat and increase metabolism.
Cinnamon (or Cinnamon Essential Oil) – Cinnamon mimics the biological activity of insulin, thereby increasing the metabolism of glucose and helping to prevent an increased storage of fat, which can help you lose weight over time (especially if you exercise regularly). Cinnamaldehyde is the active compound in cinnamon that is responsible for cinnamon’s fat burning characteristic. A 2012 study in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology reported that mice who were given cinnamaldehyde lost “belly” fat and mice who were not given cinnamaldehyde did not lose any “belly” fat. People with high blood sugar often seek ways to lower the glycemic index of their foods. Sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on certain foods or drinks is one easy way to do that.
Ginger – has been found to help suppress your appetite and make you feel more full and satisfied. Containing compounds called gingerols…known to reduce sugar cravings….Ginger also helps your body absorb the vitamins and minerals you consume which supports your body’s metabolism, and, in turn, can help your body burn fat.