In your rush to lose weight, you sometimes wreak havoc with your system by dieting. Various dieting methods might affect your metabolism and the body's fat-burning ability. Additionally, you've to constantly fight those food cravings. Inhaling grapefruit oil can help you curb such food cravings and naturally lose weight.
Research has shown that dieting can seriously throw the brakes on your metabolism and fat-burning ability. Dieting has also been shown to increase your body’s natural tendency to gain weight as your body feels starved and will hold on to the weight. Researchers call this “dieting-induced weight gain.” Dieting is now considered the #1 factor in the rising obesity epidemic.
Curbing Cravings With Essential Oils
In this article, I propose to give you an alternative to dieting with the use of essential oils. These oils can be used to curb your sweet tooth and to stop food cravings. Sometimes, a blend of oils (ideally, three oils in a ratio of 1:1:1) can also be more effective than a single oil.
The pink grapefruit (citrus paradisi; cold-pressed fresh fruit peel), also known as dieter’s friend, is one of the best essential oils for this purpose. The citrus scent of grapefruit is scintillating, fresh, and fruity. Grapefruit oil uplifts your spirit and energizes your senses. Inhalation of this oil immediately fires up your brain’s neurotransmitters and can make you feel giddy. You can also inhale the oil if you need a bit of motivation to leave your bed and start the day. Additionally, one of the best locations for growing and distilling grapefruit oil is the USA.
Grapefruit Oil And Healthy Weight Loss
According to Ayurvedic medicine, the sour taste of grapefruit oil is useful for regulating and balancing vata conditions like flatulence, constipation, anxiety, worry, restlessness, premenstrual syndrome, and insomnia. The sour taste of grapefruit acts to improve sluggish digestive forces characteristic of vata body/mind types.
So to stop hunger and sweet cravings as well as curb your food addictions, inhale the fresh invigorating scent of the grapefruit oil just before eating, going grocery shopping, or whenever you feel tempted to grab something to eat on impulse.
Dispense 1–3 drops of grapefruit oil on a cotton ball or smell strip, close your eyes, and inhale for several cycles of breathing. You may repeat as needed to control food cravings.
How Does Grapefruit Help?
- It is a body cleanser and fat burner, making it ideal for natural weight loss.1
- It may help boost feelings of self esteem and self worth, often associated with over weight issues.
- An all-in-one immune stimulant, body cleanser, fat burner, and diuretic, it also promotes detoxification and removal of excess fluids.
- It is an ingredient in many anti-cellulite blends and supports weight loss by diminishing the appetite.
- It is helpful for controlling sweet cravings.
- It is a key ingredient in many appetite-suppressant formulas and is often recommended for treating eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia as well as obesity issues.
- Its stimulating and tonic properties enhance liver and gallbladder function, which helps to improve digestion and metabolism.
- It is also reported to relieve a hangover caused from over indulgence in rich food or excess drink.
In my own aromatherapy practice, clients report success when using the pink grapefruit oil to control sweet cravings. Research links over consumption of sugar and high fructose corn syrup as a major contributor to obesity as well as to cancer and other diseases.2 Rich in antioxidants, grapefruit’s chemical constituent limonene (up to 95%) has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Studies have also shown that its antimicrobial properties are effective against the strains of bacteria staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and candida albicans.
Other appetite suppressant oils you may wish to consider using are lemon and sweet orange among others.
NOTE: As grapefruit oil is a photo toxin, please avoid exposure to direct sunlight or sunlamps for up 12 hours after application to the skin as it may cause pigmentation of skin. Also, in case of serious health concerns, always consult a qualified doctor before going for any alternative methods.
Why Use Such An Alternative?
A study in Finland of youth between 16 and 25 years old showed conclusively that just one dieting weight loss plan increased the likeliness of becoming overweight by two to three times. The research study also showed that each restricted weight loss plan further increased their risk of becoming obese.3 In other words, people who diet gain weight in the long term! Dieting is also associated with binge eating, overeating, and other eating disorders.4 5
I conducted a six-week research with six women who used grapefruit oil without any form of dieting. At the end of the study, all six women lost weight; five lost an average of 6–10 pounds each!
Using Affirmations To Get Positive Results
Along with using the oil, you can relieve the emotional causes of overweight condition by using a few affirmations. Choose any one of the following affirmations and recite on waking and before falling sleep. After 1–3 weeks, select another affirmation and recite similarly.
- I love and approve of myself.
- I am peaceful with my feelings.
- I am safe and secure within myself.
- It is safe to grow up and take responsibility for my life.
- I forgive myself and others.
- I am at peace with life.
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|1.||↑||Modak, Tamonud, and Abhilash Mukhopadhaya. “Effects of citral, a naturally occurring antiadipogenic molecule, on an energy-intense diet model of obesity.” Indian journal of pharmacology 43, no. 3 (2011): 300.|
|2.||↑||Bray, George A., Samara Joy Nielsen, and Barry M. Popkin. “Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup in beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 79, no. 4 (2004): 537-543.|
|3.||↑||Koskelainen, Merja. “Dieting and weight concerns among Finnish adolescents.” Nordic Journal of psychiatry 55, no. 6 (2001): 427-431.|
|4.||↑||Polivy, Janet, and C. Peter Herman. “Dieting and binging: A causal analysis.” American Psychologist 40, no. 2 (1985): 193.|
|5.||↑||Karim, N. A. “Dieting makes people fat.” J Obes Weight Loss Ther 5, no. 242 (2015): 2.|