Women are often more body conscious than men. Throughout history, women have been expected to be beautiful above everything else. The unrealistic beauty standards which have been imposed upon them over time have settled in the collective subconscious minds of women all over the world. However, in the current time period, this can also be said for men.
In South America, women use products to lighten their skin. In northern Europe, women use products to darken their skin. From skin color to hair health, women have been taught over hundreds of years to take great care in how they look. However, nowhere is this more entrenched in their psyche than when it comes to their weight.
Hundreds of years ago, thin women were shunned. Their light frames were seen to be a reflection of poverty. Larger women, on the other hand, were celebrated. We can see this by looking at any of the renaissance paintings hanging on the walls of art galleries across the globe. In fact, almost every 50 years, the ideal body structure of a woman changes.
Modern history has changed the attitude that we as humans once had. Today, women are put under enormous pressure by society to be thin. This has led to the birth and boom of the weight loss industry, a multi-billion dollar industry.
However, the amount of misinformation surrounding health and wellness has also exploded. There appears to be a new fad diet every week, most of which never works. Fitness trends are constantly changing too. Even with advances in science and the development of our understanding of the human body, how to be a healthy weight is becoming less and less clear by the day. Some of the common fad diets which have been tried and tested by countless women include the Atkins, paleo, south beach, Mediterranean and raw food diets.
While these diets may result in the desired weight loss, none are very sustainable and all can cause health problems of their own. Cutting out entire food groups can deplete the storage of vitamins and other essential nutrients that our bodies depend on to function well.
Similarly, cutting out foods that we love to eat entirely is also unsustainable. This is because we derive joy from eating foods as well as nutrients. Creating hard and fast rules about what you will or won’t allow yourself to eat can be difficult for most people to stick to on a daily basis.
In addition to the desire to look a certain way, many people try to lose weight to improve their physical health. Obesity is on the rise in the United States and across much of The Western World. This can lead to its own set of health problems. The health risks associated with obesity are:
In recent times, many people have started to research a lesser-known weight loss method. Medical cannabis has gained enormous amounts of media attention in the past few years. This is largely down to the fact that scientific research has unveiled a whole host of medicinal properties of the plant.
Cannabis has always been associated with substance abuse. This is why it is classed as a Schedule I substance under federal law. However, as a result of the many scientific discoveries which have been made, a large number of states across America have legalized it for medical use. Furthermore, a significant number have also legalized cannabis for recreational use.
Because it is now widely available and quality is controlled, people have started to use cannabis as a weight loss tool. In particular, certain strains of cannabis could be effective for this purpose. Some of these strains contain THC, the chemical which gives cannabis its famous euphoric effect. Some strains, on the other hand, do not. Studies into cannabis dependency are finding that,
9% of people who use marijuana will become dependent on it, rising to about 17 percent in those who start using in their teens.
This results in teenagers being more at risk of getting schizophrenia. This is due to the fact their brains are still developing and forming neuro-connections and the truth is that cannabis interferes with this. Smoking cannabis can also increase the risk of bronchitis, stroke and cardiovascular disease if you smoke it regularly over a long period of time. Also if you’re pregnant, cannabis may harm your unborn baby in the same way smoking tobacco would. The risk is further increased if you smoke both at the same time. This can result in your baby being born small or premature. Furthermore, for men, cannabis could also affect the production of sperm and for women how much the ovulate.
No matter what your motivation to lose weight may be, it is vital that you chose a weight loss method that will only improve your health and not diminish it. Be very wary of extreme diets and exercise regimes that are unsustainable or can cause deficiencies and injuries.
It is best to opt for a slow and steady weight loss plan than one which promises to shed one hundred pounds overnight. Remember that your body needs a wide variety of nutrients to keep it running like clockwork, and you should find a weight loss method that works for you.