Did You Know…that tapping acupressure points on the face and body can help you lose weight?
Diet and exercise play prominent roles in weight loss, but there’s another essential factor—your emotions. Food cravings may feel like irresistible physical urges, but they have their root in your emotions. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) does exactly what its name suggests—frees you from emotions that keep you trapped in cravings and forever a size away from your “skinny” jeans.
Research continues to suggest that stimulating certain points on the face and body can help reduce food cravings and help you lose weight.
A Harvard Medical School study revealed that tapping acupressure points decreased activity in the part of the brain called the amygdala. The amygdala regulates production of the stress hormone cortisol and is linked to increased appetite and sugar cravings. Reducing activity in the amygdala with tapping, therefore, not only lowers stress levels, but also reduces hunger and sugar urges.
A recent clinical trial made up of 89 women revealed that 15 minutes of tapping each day lead to an average weight loss of 16 pounds in just 8 weeks. Even 6 months later, the weight stayed off!
The journal Integrative Medicine published a study that revealed EFT could eliminate food cravings by as much as 83%.
A 2012 report in Energy Psychology Journal found that participants using EFT lost more weight than those receiving talk therapy. In fact, EFT practitioners steadily lost weight over the next 12 months!
How Tapping Works
Sometimes our minds and bodies aren’t synced, especially when it comes to food. Tapping realigns the mind/body connection so that we are better in touch with true hunger signals and can control food cravings and mindless eating. Tapping combines gentle touch with concentrated, positive thoughts to eliminate the stressors that are at the root of emotional eating.
When you feel a food craving come on, identify its source. Are you stressed about your weight in general, or is the craving not linked to your weight? Perhaps you are stressed by a work deadline or relationship troubles? Once you’ve identified the underlying cause of your craving, create a setup statement, such as “Even though I’m overwhelmed by work deadlines, I accept how I feel and don’t need this chocolate to make it better.”
Step 1: Repeat this phrase while firmly tapping two fingers on the Karate Chop point, which is the fleshy part of the hand below the pinky finger.
Step 2: Tap each of the following 8 points 7 (or more) times, repeating the same, or a similar, phrase:Eyebrow (at the innermost point of the brow)
Corner of the eye (at the outer edge of the socket))
Under eye (lower edge of the socket)
Collarbone (near the clavicle)
Under arm (just below the armpit)
Crown of head