Women are more body conscious than men because, throughout history, they have been expected to be beautiful above all 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.
In south america, women use products to lighten their skin. In northern europe, women use products to darken their skin. From skin colour 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.
Modern history has changed this attitude. Today, women are put under enormous pressure by society to be as thin as possible. This has led to the birth and boom of the weight loss industry, a multi billion dollar industry.
However, the amount of misinformation surround health and wellness has also exploded. There appears to be a new fad diet every week, most of which never work. 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:
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 stores of vitamins and other essential nutrients that are bodies depend on to function well.
Similarly, cutting out foods that we love to eat entirely because they are not healthy enough 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 is just too difficult for most people to stick to.
The Effects of Obesity
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 turned to a newer, 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 1. 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 more widely available than ever before, and quality is controlled in states where it is now legal, people have started to use cannabis as a weight loss tool.
In particular, certain strains of cannabis have been found for 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.
The strains that have been used most widely for weight loss include:
The Effects of Cannabis
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 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.
Further more, 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.