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Can Smoking Help You Lose Weight?
Lose weight with weed
One of the most common goals amongst people looking to better themselves is losing weight. Every year millions of Americans even make it their new year's resolution to go to the gym more and drop a few pounds. As of recently though, many people have been trying more unusual methods of dropping weight. One of these ways is smoking pot. At first thought, it may seem like smoking weed makes you gain weight, I mean everybody knows about the munchies, but in actuality, if you do it right smoking weed is a great way to burn fat. This blog will inform you about how weed can help you lose weight and how to smoke weed effectively for weight loss.
What to Know About Smoking Weed and Weight Loss?
THC stimulates appetite, and yet there is a link between smoking weed and being thinner. Stoners' body mass index is 7% lower on average than a non-pot smoker. An even crazier statistic is that stoners are 30% less likely to be considered obese than a non-smoker. So, something is going on with pot smokers and weight loss. The reason why pot smokers are often skinnier has to do with THC's impact on your metabolism. THC drastically increases the rate of your metabolism, which is what's responsible for changing your food into energy. Metabolism is a big factor in controlling our weight. The metabolism boosts more than makes up for the increased appetite that smoking weed gives you. The appetite increase is very short-lived, it only lasts for the duration of your high, while the metabolism boost lasts much longer than this.
Interestingly, you don't need to be a full-on stoner to see these weight loss results. Smoking just one time can boost your metabolism for as long as four weeks. That means smoking once or twice a month is enough for you to lose a noticeable amount of weight.
One thing that is still not understood about weeds' effect on metabolism is the required dosage to achieve this boost. This is likely because the dosage is different for everybody. With that said, because you only need to smoke about once a month to see results, smoking more often can ensure that you are getting the required dosage and indeed increasing the rate of your metabolism.
Lastly, keep in mind that THC is what causes your metabolism to increase, so you can't just consume CBD and gain the same results. CBD has taken the world by storm lately, you can find a CBD stand on the corner of every mall, and while CBD does offer some amazing benefits, weight loss isn't one of them. No worries though, it's more fun to smoke a joint and get high anyways!
What to Know About Smoking Weed and Weight Gain?
As discussed earlier, smoking marijuana causes the munchies, so is it possible that marijuana ever causes weight gain? This is not an easy question, since the dosage and number of times you use marijuana can shift its weight-losing properties away from your favor.
Here's the simple fact though, munchies do cause weight gain, and while marijuana as a whole may help you lose weight, it doesn't change the fact that stuffing your face when you have the munchies will cause you to gain more weight than if you otherwise hadn't done that.
Also note that many of the foods people consume to satisfy their munchies are very unhealthy snacks, and so there are bonus negative effects to eating those. For example, some foods, like diet sodas, are appetite stimulants. So, while your appetite is already stimulated by smoking weed, it can be further stimulated by the foods you eat.
Another thing to know about weight gain and marijuana usage is that too much marijuana usage can offset the benefits of increased metabolism. For optimal weight loss, smoking weed should be done only once or twice a week. The reason for this is the munchies; munchies now and then can be offset by the gain in metabolism that you're going to have for an extended time, but if you are smoking every day and having the munchies every day then you are never actually having any time where you have an increased metabolism without the munchies.
For example, if you eat 1000 calories every time you have the munchies, but your metabolism now uses an extra 400 calories per day, then you would need to smoke at most about every 3 days to see weight loss results. The problem is, there's no way to calculate exactly how much your metabolism increases, and most people also aren't calculating how many calories they consume when they have the munchies. The bottom line is that while smoking a few times a week can help you lose weight, smoking every day isn't going to do much for you.
Get High and Slim Down
Now that you know that smoking weed can help you lose weight, you probably want to know how to do it right. Firstly, make sure to smoke the right amount, not too much and not too little, aim for between 1-3 times per week. Just rip a bong, sparingly and get to work! Another thing you can do to slim down while getting high is incorporating other weight loss strategies along with this one.
One way to do this is to preplan your smoking sessions and bring out a bunch of healthy snacks for when you get the munchies. For these smoke sessions, try to use something smaller than one of our massive bongs, something like a blunt wrap, or even just a simple glass spoon pipe. Then dive into the snacks. Celery sticks and ranch, fruits, sweet potato fries, hummus, mushrooms, or anything else that isn't super calorie dense will go a long way in helping you lose weight. Over time, the difference between eating healthy snacks and cookies/pizza will lose you tens of pounds.
Another way to lose more weight is to work out, and you can do this while you're high. Working out while high can be a super fun experience. If you have previously not been a fan of working out, then perhaps lifting weights while high will be more tolerable. Just be careful about what exercises you do while high, stick to things that are indoors and don't require a lot of focus. In general, smoking weed alone will increase your metabolism, but if you go the extra mile and eat healthier and work out too you will see quicker and better results.
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