There’s a popular saying these days that losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness. It’s more than just a saying. At Queen City Health Center, we embrace this as fact. I’d even go so far as to modify the percent ratio as 90/10.
Nutrition encompasses not just food but supplementation as well. In a day and age where our food sources are continually being depleted due to chemicals in our environment, supplements are an essential component in a healthy nutrition plan. In addition to high-quality, non-GMO protein powder, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, we also use and recommend essential oils for supplementation.
Essential oils can help with a variety of ailments, but there are particular oils that you can use to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Below are 3 that we recommend specifically for weight loss.
1. Grapefruit Essential Oil for Weight Loss
Made from the grapefruit peel, this essential oil gives your body’s metabolism a boost by activating specific enzymes in your saliva that help to break down fat. It is also rich in D-limonene and other compounds that support the drainage and cleansing of your body’s lymphatic glands. When you apply grapefruit oil topically to the skin, it serves as a wonderful diuretic as well as stimulating your lympatic system to burn fat. You can also diffuse it in your home or add a few drops to your water to curb food cravings.
2. Ginger Essential Oil to Lose Weight
Ginger oil is made up of compounds called gingerols, which are scientifically proven to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is responsible for disease, so it’s essential to your overall health and weight-loss goals to reduce it as much as possible. Eating sugar increases inflammation, so reducing your sugar intake can also help, and it just so happens that ginger oil helps to curb sugar cravings as well! Ginger oil is perfect for diffusing or adding to your favorite hot tea in cold-weather seasons.
3. Cinnamon Oil for Weight Loss
A third oil essential to supporting weight loss is cinnamon oil. It works by regulating your body’s glucose tolerance factor or GTL as well as the levels of glucose in your blood. For this reason, it’s especially great for diabetic patients.
Unstable blood sugar can cause you to overeat and have less energy. By balancing your blood sugar with cinnamon oil, you’ll crave sugar less, which will help you lose more weight in the long term. It’s the perfect essential oil to add to smoothies, tea, baked goods, oats, or fruit for extra flavor.
Not all essential oils are created equal. Make sure the oil you use is pure therapeutic-grade essential oil and is approved for internal consumption before you take it orally. We use and recommend doTerra essential oils at Queen City Health Center for all of our patients. Click here to buy them from Dr. Holly.