Obesity is now public enemy number one. All over the globe, obesity rates have risen exponentially over the past 3 decades. Even in Africa, a continent that has always been associated with famine and malnutrition, obesity rates have started to increase. And the chief cause of this epidemic is most likely our lifestyle. Today we have ready access to cheap fast foods with a very high-calorie count. Secondly, we have all become lazy because of modernization. No one walks anymore; not even to the local corner grocery store that is 100 yards away.
Obesity is not a benign illness and is associated with chronic life-long complications like stroke, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even heart attacks. People who develop obesity are more likely to have a premature death.
We have ways to treat obesity and they include the use of drugs and surgery. Drugs to treat obesity have been around for a century and news one are being developed every year, but they all have serious side effects, are addictive and often do not work. Plus, they are all very expensive.
Surgery for weight loss is a new trend and while it works, it is also associated with life-threatening complications. More important, surgery does not suppress the desire to eat and within one year many people regain the weight. Finally, surgery for weight loss is prohibitively expensive and frequently not covered by most insurance plans.
So what is another option?
Recently there have been some reports indicating that regular consumption of essential oils such as high quality oils from DOTERRA may help curb appetite. This is not a one-shot deal but has to be undertaken regularly. Food grade essential oils, when taken internally, can suppress the desire to eat and gradually lead to weight loss. Essential oils also induce a sensation of satiety so one does not feel hungry. To maximize the benefits of essential oils, one should also eat a healthy diet that consists of less meat and more fruits and vegetables, particularly those that are low in sugar and high in fiber.
The top 6 essential oils for weight loss are:
- Cinnamon Bark
- Black Pepper
However, it is important for all consumers to understand that obesity is complex disorder and reliance on just one supplement or herb is unrealistic. No matter what essential oil you consume you must exercise. Some type of exercise is better than no exercise at all. You do not have run a marathon each weekend nor do you have to swim 2 miles a day. Even walking is an excellent exercise; there is ample evidence showing that if you walk for 45-60 minutes you can lose about 200-300 calories a day and that equals close to 2000 calories which is half a pound in weight; in a month, that equals 2 pounds of weight loss.
Walking is free, allows you to enjoy nature, nurtures your mind, and is very safe unless you fall down a pothole while texting.
So if you have tried everything for weight loss and nothing has worked, try essential oils. However, be realistic and do not expect miracles overnight. If it took you 2 years to pile on the weight, it will take you a similar time span to get rid of the weight. The good thing is that essential oils also have many other benefits to your body besides just weight loss.