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Aromatherapy for Weight Loss

written by Guest Blogger June 2, 2013

You’re in for a doozy with today’s guest post! Simon Meadows shares some really interesting formation about those who are prone to weight gain, what we can do about it and how aromatherapy can help with weight-loss. 

Being healthy is something good; but being obese or overweight is an altogether different, unhealthy and disturbing aspect in anyone’s life. Excessive weight doesn’t only affect your self-esteem; it also causes many health issues like diabetes, shortage of breath (oxygen deprivation), high blood pressure, arthritis and knee-joint pain to mention just a few.

Weight control doesn’t mean turning anorexic and becoming a size zero or following a diet that excludes all the pleasures we get from foods like chocolates, ice creams and fries. It means maintaining a healthy weight that is suited to your age, frame and height. Weight control and dieting has always been a trend but it is also necessary for healthy living.

 

Now practitioners in alternative medicine are also trying to develop measures and techniques through which people can lose weight more easily. Some kinds of alternative therapies of weight loss are electromagnetic therapy, acupressure and acupuncture therapy, physiotherapy, herbal therapy and aromatherapy.

Those who easily pile on weight and those who do not

Some people just don’t put on weight no matter how much they eat. There are others who put on weight but shed it off quite quickly and who have few problems managing their eating habits. But there are other unfortunate ones who diet for months, stick to it religiously but only lose few pounds, making them irritated, depressed and tired of dieting.

Those people who eat and eat but never put on weight are lucky in a sense and often the envy of those who struggle to lose weight. If you are one of the latter ones, you might feel the world is a bit fairer by knowing that people who eat a lot may themselves be highly exposed to problems related to overeating such as diabetes or a worn out digestive system leading to indigestion and acidity.

I had a short, skinny friend who ate 3 chocolate bars a day at work, plus a hearty white bread sandwich for lunch often with a bag of crisps, and in the evening, due to the fact she hadn’t the faintest idea of how to cook or even be bothered, she would get a take way dinner, pour a glass of wine and watch TV – and she always remained skinny. Little did I imagine she could have been doing herself harm with her diet as I was so focused on the fact that she was thin. We too often, unfortunately, see being thin as the `be all’.

There can be another link to weight gain: hormones. Hormones guide and regulate the metabolism (storage and breakdown) of fats. A slow metabolism may make your body store more fat than another person whose metabolism works faster. Though metabolic or endocrine disorders occur rarely, they can put a lot of pressure on a person living with it; examples would include hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome and the menopause.

To be noted that some medicines act as endocrine disrupters, (endocrine disrupters are drugs which interfere with our body’s natural balance of hormones) and lead to weight gain. Such examples are antidepressants – these drugs are commonly associated with considerable weight gain.

Genetics and Obesity

Scientists know that some people are genetically predisposed to obesity and weight gain. The obesity gene does in fact run in family. However, it is important to realize that although you might carry this gene, you are the master of your own health and well-being and can alter your genetic faith. In fact, not all people who have a genetic predisposition to obesity will become obese. This is because of the huge weight (no pun intended) that environmental issues play in the development of obesity. People who follow a sensible eating plan and exercise will not become obese even if they carry the obesity gene.

Scientists have identified a gene which they refer to as the FTO gene or Fat mass and obesity-associated gene has been directly linked to obesity. This gene increases the volume of fat mass in people with carry a specific variant of the gene. The gene seems to be involved in the body’s calorie consumption. Further studies (a leading one carried out by the University of Oxford and Medical Research Council (MRC), linked an overactive FTO gene to appetite and overeating. People with this specific gene variation are less likely to be able to detect signals of satiety and thus, will keep eating.

Someone who has a genetic predisposition to obesity will not gain weight if they follow a sensible eating plan- something we should all be doing. If you do have many obese relatives it could of course indicate that you might have the gene in the family. A DNA test could in fact specifically tell you whether or not you carry the obese-causing gene. The result of this type of DNA test will estimate just how high your chance of developing obesity is.

If you do stand a high chance, then aromatherapy can help you as there are certain oils which can help your body detox more efficiently and also can help reduce your appetite. Ultimately, a genetic test for obesity will help make you aware that you, as an individual, need to be more vigilant as to what you eat.

How can aromatherapy help in weight management?

There are some essential oils which can help to curb appetite, and believe it or not, they can be very effective at doing this. One of the most effective oils to use is peppermint oil or fennel oil – both great appetite quenchers. You can add two drops to a cup of hot water and some honey or sweetener. The taste is very pleasant.

You can even use peppermint tea or fennel tea – teas are of course lower in concentration so adding a drop or two to your hot cuppa will help increase the potency. Do not use more than two drops at a time however, as ingesting too much could have adverse reactions. You can also simply put two or three drops on a Kleenex and just smell this when you are hungry.

Other herb oils can also be good for weight control: marjoram, basil, thyme and oregano. Bergamo, orange and lemon oil are also good candidates. Due to the fact your body will quickly get used to the effects of these smells and counter act them, it makes sense to alternate on a daily basis. On one day pick three different oils to use and for another day select another three.

Best of luck with your weight loss unaided by unhealthy, synthetic, appetite suppressants!!

About the Author

Simon Meadows is an online free lance writer currently reading a Masters in Science at University. In his spare time, Simon writes articles about genetic analysis and DNA tests, a field of particular interest to the author. Those wishing to read more articles by the Author can find a broad list by visiting easyDNA UK.

I love peppermint and now I have even more reason to use it! Do you have a favourite natural scent?

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