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Use Hulled Hemp Seeds (Hemp Hearts™) to Promote Weight Loss

Updated on November 11, 2014

How I Lost Half My Body Weight!

An athlete all my life, at age 36 after a training injury my weight started to creep up the scale. I was alarmed. When it went past the 200 pound mark I was shocked. It kept going up and I stopped getting on the scale after 230.

I spent three years like that, disgusted with myself and embarrassed to be seen in public. Friends did not recognize me. Those that did couldn't hide the shock that registered on their faces.

Lucky for me I was living in Canada at the time and Hemp Hearts™ (a trade name for hulled hemp seeds) were readily available as was the knowledge on how to use them to lose weight. I began drinking hemp seed smoothies and within 2 weeks I had already lost 10 pounds. The weight continued to fall off, without exercise, for four months (a total between 50-60 pounds at that point) and then I supplemented exercise for more weight loss.

Next I'm going to share the 'magic' formula for the smoothie that made my weight loss happen!

The Ingredients
The Ingredients

Smoothie Recipe

The photo above shows everything you need to make your hemp smoothie. The recipe is as follows. Blend all of these ingredients on high setting in your blender:

  • 1/2 cup yogurt or kefir, vanilla, flavored or plain your choice
  • 1/2 - 1 banana (not shown in photo but crucial!)
  • 1/2 cup or so frozen fruit (blueberries, peaches, blackberries or my personal favorite: mangoes!)
  • 1/2 cup liquid of your choice (milk, juice, rice milk etc.)
  • last but not least... 1/3 cup hulled hemp seeds

To answer the burning question will it get me high? No, sorry, hulled hemp seeds are non viable and do not contain THC (the chemical in marijuana that produces the 'high'). Hemp seeds are from the cannabis plant, but there are many more uses for it than the one the DEA is interested in.

The 'Diet'

The reason that this works so well for weight loss is that hemp seeds are a 'perfect food' with the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat. My theory is that the body changes it's preference from fatty and unhealthy foods to the hemp heart™ smoothie.

To begin the 'diet' have the smoothie first thing in the morning and then eat regularly the rest of the day, following what your hunger dictates for you to eat. Gradually over a two week period, in my experience, I adapted to a grazing diet and other than the smoothie only had one other meal. Others I have told about it had a similar experience.

Best of luck with it and I'll answer any questions in the comments!


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      jo miller 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Welcome to HubPages. Well done and interesting article.

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      Carrie Shaffer 5 years ago from Taos,

      Thank you Jo :) It's nice to be here!

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      highcsinger 5 years ago

      I am really excited to read your article. I started using hemp seeds on a salad early in the morning about 10 days ago and have lost 7 lbs !! I love eating this way. Thanks for your support. I will read your comments every day.

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      sukaina 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your article and was wondering what can I use as a replacement for the yogurt?

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      Jonell Tiemann 3 years ago from Omaha, Nebraska

      Did you blend the hulled hemp seeds with the rest of the ingredients?

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      Carrie Shaffer 2 years ago from Taos,

      Instead of yogurt kefir could be used, and yes you blend the hemp seeds with all the rest of the ingredients

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      Maria 2 years ago

      Do you have to blend them to get the benefits from them or can you eat them raw? I have only been using them for two days but I eat them in my oatmeal with frozen blueberries.

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      Carrie Shaffer 2 years ago from Taos,

      Maria, eating them with oatmeal is another great way to include hemp hearts in your diet. From my research 1/3 cup is the ideal amount to use for all the health benefits, but any amount you use is great! I use them in oatmeal too during the winter.

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      Carrie Shaffer 2 years ago from Taos,

      I haven't tried it with cocoa; it could work if plain yogurt was used. Might as well give it a shot and if it the taste isn't what you hoped then use the recipe here.

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      Trudy 2 years ago

      Can you omit the yogart. I'm latose intolerant. For the liquid I use Trader Joes almond beverage milk that is lactose free, low calorie, dairy free, gluten free and diary free.

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      Carrie Shaffer 20 months ago from Taos,

      It's fine to use other liquids or similar if lactose intolerant. Hemp, almond, coconut milk and soy milk will all work great.

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