Losing Weight With the Munchies!
The “diet” where you get to cheat everyday!
I am an avid supporter of cannabis and the human consumption of it. It’s healthy in many ways, has nearly no adverse affects on you, and can help you in so many ways. I am a walking example of the benefits available through cannabis consumption, and throughout this article, I will explain how it can help you too!
Inside our body we contain something referred to as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This group of receptors is responsible for all sorts of happenings in the body, including appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory and more. It also can have an affect on your weight.
A more recent study (published by Nature Neuroscience) found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the same THC found in cannabis (marijuana), activates cannabinoid receptors in your brain known as CB1 receptors, within something called the olfactory bulb. This part of the brain is what actually helps your sense of smell.
Consuming cannabis boosts your sense of smell and taste, which makes you want to eat more. Essentially, cannabis has the ability to trick your brain into thinking you’re starving, causing you to smell foods in another light, convincing you that you are hungry and you need to eat!
Enter — the munchies.
I was overweight my entire life, from childhood and beyond. Before I hit my teens, I didn’t care. But once I hit the prime age of needing to feel accepted, my weight started to weigh on me. (Haha, see what I did there?)
I tried dieting many times throughout the years, counting calories, skipping meals, eliminating sugars and other such things. But it never worked. Nothing ever worked.
I tried exercising. I bought a bike and rode it daily. I lost some water weight, but nothing significant.
After that, I tried a mixture of exercise, calorie counting and vitamin cocktails. Still, no results I was proud off.
At this point in life, I was getting more concerned for my health rather than looks, but I felt I had tried everything and maybe I just wasn’t going to be able to lose it.
Or so I thought.
Then I discovered cannabis. Up until this point in my life I had never smoked weed or done any drugs. I always had a terrible outlook on cannabis and how I considered it to be a gateway drug into worse things due to my mother and sister’s history with it, but I soon realized I was very wrong.
I began smoking daily, and I noticed a huge change in myself, including my mood, my overall happiness and finally — my weight.
To put it simply, cannabis changed my life for the better. It’s helped with my depression, my anxiety, my intelligence and many other aspects of life. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to focus on the weight loss aspects only.
Since I started smoking, approximately a little over a year ago, I have gone from weighing 240+ lbs to an amazing 170lbs, and I feel GREAT! I have more energy, I’m happier, I look better than ever and it does wonders for my confidence. And finally I can buy the clothing I like in sizes that actually fit!
And the best part of it all? It was so unbelievably easy.
Here’s how I did it: you will need to have a strong will power on this diet plan. It’s actually a lot easier than you think. The hardest part of it is not eating out as much as you can manage. I know it’s hard in this day and age to go home and want to make dinner after working all day, but if you want to lose that weight, you have to dedicate to yourself that you are only going to eat the food inside your house 80% of the time. That’s right, 80%. You get to cheat the other 20% of time.
The first and most important part of this diet is the food you buy. Your fridge and pantry is going to need to be mostly “bad food” free. By this I mean you need to purchase food items that are healthy and good for your body in some way. Vegetables, fruits, beans, meats, nuts, grains. I know, I know. This list is looking sparse and not very tasty, but trust me, it’s not as bad as it seems.
Don’t concern yourself with counting calories. Know your foods. Read the ingredients and make sure you’re getting what you think you are. For example, did you know bread companies can say their bread is wheat even when it isn’t? Check the labels! The first ingredient in wheat bread should be WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR. Are you getting what you expected?
The next most important step is food preparation. Sure, it’s great to eat fresh cut veggies, but kind of defeats the whole purpose if you fry them up in a pound of butter, know what I’m saying? Be conscious of how you cook your meals. Use less of the unhealthy things like butter and cheese. Bake more, fry less.
Eat quick and easy meals such as Black Bean Salads or delicious Black Bean Green Chili Chicken Tacos. These meals are outstanding and take less than half an hour to make. (Recipes below!)
Over time you will become a natural at picking the right meals and it’ll no longer feel like a chore or a pain to decide, “what’s okay to eat?”
Okay, so now your house is filled to the brim with healthy, delicious foods! What now? Well, the first step is the easiest and most fun: load up a bowl and light her up! When I know I’m going to eat in a while, I always smoke first, and on an empty stomach. For me, it’s important to not have eaten anything if I plan on having a full meal within the next two hours.
So blaze yourself out! Enjoy yourself for an hour. Relax. Get your body nice and hungry. And trust me, you’ll begin to feel it. The munchies kick in and then you start to think, “damn, I wish I had a pizza.”
Stop! Here’s your chance to lose that weight!
Remember all that good food you have stored away now? It’s going to start sounding really good to you at this point. Think about what you could make, and imagine the ingredients. This is key! You must make yourself excited to eat the food you’re about to make! Instead of ordering that pizza, how about you make your own?
You’re blazed, you’re hungry, and now you’re thinking about tomatoes. Freshly diced tomatoes on top of some pizza dough, combined with some fresh bell peppers and onions, and heck, you can even throw on some sausage of your choice. Now add enough cheese for taste and boom! How does that sound to you? Did you imagine how it would look out of the oven, all crispy and golden brown, with melted cheese oozing over the perfectly cooked veggies?
I don’t know about you, but that’s a pizza I want right now!
Don’t feel like cooking anything? Take it easy! Eat a turkey sandwich on wheat, with spinach, tomatoes and avocados. A side of fruit and you’ll be all set! Fast, easy, and damned good to eat.
Between meals but you still feel hungry? Don’t worry! This happens often to me when I smoke after meals. I will want to continue to eat something. It’s just your body’s response to the THC tricking it to believe it’s starving. No worries, we have healthy snacks! Fruits are great for this, and some veggies. I like to have pickles and olives on hand for snacking.
But don’t worry, my friend! You are not bound to eating veggies and fruits forever. Remember I mentioned you get to cheat? Well, that’s the beauty to this diet — you get to cheat. A lot!
Now it’s going to depend on the person, their weight, their goal and many other aspects as a whole, but once you figure out the magic, you can get to cheating faster!
What do I mean by cheating, exactly? Well, eating whatever the hell you want, of course. You want that supreme pizza from Papa John’s? Well, by all means, go ahead! But remember the more cheating you do, the slower your weight loss will happen.
For myself, I allow myself a cheat once a day, be it a soda, or a slice of pizza, or a donut. Whatever. Whatever it is I want, I can have it. But be conscious. I have a long term relationship with macaroni and cheese, and there’s this one recipe (at Applebee’s) called the Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Honey Roasted Chicken. I am in LOVE with this dish, and I wish I could eat it every day. But I realize it is incredibly unhealthy for me, and with a whopping 1500 calories, I’d die if I ate it every day.
Use your judgment! Yes, you can cheat every day but don’t go crazy and eat say, a whole pizza. You are in control of your weight, ultimately, even with the help of cannabis, you still have to be diligent and disciplined.
You have to train your brain and body to want and crave different foods, and I have found the easiest way to do that is to simply think about them. Imagine them, and imagine yourself eating it. It seems like a silly idea, but it works.
Written in plain English and as simply as possible. Follow these steps and start losing weight!
- Two hours before a meal, consume cannabis. (Pack a bowl, roll a joint or blunt. Whatever you usually do.)
- Chill out, man.
- When you start to feel hungry, begin imagining what you want to eat/are going to make.
- Imagine this in detail, from chopping the ingredients to the smell of them simmering together. The more details the better.
- Once the Munchies have hit completely, get up and make the meal you imagined.
- As you cook, with your senses heightened, you will start to crave what’s in front of you more and more.
- By now your stomach will be screaming, so oblige it by eating that healthy, delicious meal you just prepared.
- You will be in heaven. You’re going to enjoy that food more than you thought you would. With your body essentially being told it’s starving, anything you eat is going to taste amazing.
That’s it! Do that whenever you plan on eating a meal.
I’ve been on a version of this “diet” for a year now and the results don’t lie, but there are a few things to note.
This requires you smoke every day, at least twice a day, which isn’t a concern for health but it does and can affect other aspects of life. You have to remember that cannabis is still illegal in many places, so finding a supplier is up to you. Another concern is financial. Weed ain’t cheap, unfortunately, unless you have a cool dealer, so expect to pay. If you have reasons, you can try to get medical cannabis in areas where it is legalized.
Another thing to remember is the psychoactive effects. You’re gonna get high! Which I see no problem with, but I have seen some people complain about headaches or anxiety from smoking. It all depends on you.
Take into consideration all laws and regulations regarding cannabis. While I think it is completely ridiculous that this plant is still illegal at all, you want to mind yourself and not get busted. The last thing you want is to get thrown in jail for a silly plant and a diet plan.
This diet also assumes you aren’t drinking soda too much. Sure, once in a while is fine (I use it as my cheat all the time), but refrain from drinking sugary drinks as much as possible. I can attest that quitting soda had a huge impact on my weight loss as well.
Drink water like crazy! It’s been said that thirst is often confused for hunger. Don’t eat when all your body needs is some of that clear, fresh H20!
Here are a few of my favorite things to whip up that are healthy and delicious. I’ll add more the more I discover. Let me know if you guys have any ideas!
Black Bean Salad
- Spinach, whole or chopped
- Tomatoes, diced
- Avocado, diced
- 1 can black beans
- Cheese, sour cream (optional)
Heat your beans either by microwave or stovetop. Grab a bowl and fill the bottom with spinach. Now layer on the tomatoes, avocado, cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!
Black Bean Green Chili Chicken Tacos
- Chicken breasts
- Onion, chopped
- Roasted green chilis, chopped
- Black beans
- Spinach, chopped
- Tomatoes, diced
- Avocado, diced
- Cheese, sour cream (optional)
- Taco shells
Grill your chicken breasts (I use salt, pepper and lemon pepper. Use whatever spices you like!). Once done, dice up into smaller pieces and add it back to the pan. Add the onions and let cook until translucent. Add green chilis and black beans. Heat through. Layer into taco shell: chicken/black bean mix, spinach, tomato, avocado, cheese, sour cream.
More to come!
Thank you all for reading. I hope this comes in handy for someone out there wanting to try a new solution. This may not work for everyone, but I have high hopes that if you follow through and stay diligent in the choices of food, you’ll be losing the weight faster than I can say, “enchilada!”