The life long search for that secret weight loss tip. The endless days of calorie counting, awkwardly staring in the mirror wishing for something different, avoiding foods you love and doing hours of exercises you hate…. Sound familiar? What if I told you all the angst and anxiety that goes behind weight loss is actually making it worse?
Cortisol is a hormone that is released with stress and anxiety. According to this case study “Stress can be either a triggering or aggravating factor for many diseases and pathological conditions.” ” stress can affect appetite and stress adversely affects the normal function of GI tract.” If you continue to read the article it will demonstrate the downfall of stress on memory, brain function, cardiovascular function, GI function and Immune system.
To address the focus on Metabolism there has been a few studies conducted about aromatically (inhaling, sniffing or diffusing) Essential oils wild orange, lavender, sandalwood and clary sage decreases anxiety and stress which in turn improves gut bacteria and “A significant alteration of metabolic profile in subjects responsive to essential oil was found”
Studies have also report that bergamot reduces the production of cortisol, which has also been linked to the inability to drop stubborn belly fat.
Slim and Sassy the metabolic blend by Doterra is made up of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger and Cinnamon.
Grapefruit used 3x a week for 15 minutes inhaled, ingested or used topically was sown to reduce urge to eat.
Peppermint inhaled can decrease calorie intake over normal intake. “Decrease appetite, hunger cravings, decreased calories which in turn leads to weight loss and healthier life style”
Peppermint has also been shown to improve exercise performance “The results of the experiment support the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil on the exercise performance”
Ginger has been shown to help with many areas of digestive health such as anti nausea, preventative for colon cancer, and also appears to reduce cholesterol and improve lipid metabolism, thereby helping to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Lemon EO is a natural stress reliever. “Inhaling lemon EO causes anti-stress effects, Lemon EO showed cytotoxic effects against human prostate, lung, and breast cancer cells. Lemon EO causes activation of the sympathetic nerve activity innervating the white adipose tissue (WAT), which increases lipolysis and results in the suppression of body weight gain. Lemon EO significantly enhanced attention level, concentration, cognitive performance, mood, and memory of students during the learning process.”
So, Are you convinced that essential oils can help you on your anti anxiety weight loss journey with A lot of extra side benefits? I absolutely am!
To make it even more effective you can try the awesome High intensity interval training (HIIT) which has been shown to be one of the most effective workout styles to boost metabolism and “Perhaps equally important to maximal aerobic capacity adaptations are the dramatic acute and chronic effects HITT has on improving insulin sensitivity. The effects of HIIT on visceral fat and subcutaneous fat loss are encouraging. And, the impact of HIIT has on reducing blood pressure (when elevated) and improving HDL cholesterol is promising. The evidence is in, and it appears that HIIT is a metabolic health effects winner!”
So Go ahead and give it a try, the evidence is overwhelming. I am so excited to get fit, stay healthy and spend more time cherishing the precious moments with my loved ones. No more stress fat for me!