We all know the perils of most modern day diets; in fact, often the challenge (or fast) at hand is so intolerable that we end up putting on weight rather than shedding it.
Scientists have long blamed emotional eating as the biggest culprit in the obesity epidemic, and our insatiable hunger for curing our stress, anxiety and emotional imbalances.
But according to a new book titled Tapping For Weight Loss, the answer to the dieting dilemma might be at our fingertips.
According to the book’s author, Jessica Ortner, you simply need to tap certain acupressure points on the face and body and your cravings will dissipate.
Otherwise known as the Emotional Freedom Technique, this theory is even scientifically supported; a Harvard Medical School study claims that stimulating these points decreases activity in the part of the brain that controls the stress hormone cortisol, which has long been linked to increased appetite, sugar cravings and abdominal fat. Tapping is believed to decrease cortisol levels and then, weight.
So how does it work? It’s by a process of reeducating yourself to take pleasure in food rather than using it as an antidote to a problem, such as stress. According to Tapping For Weight Loss, you must observe how you feel before you begin eating. If it’s negative, tap before you start and eat slowly so that you can feel yourself getting full. There are a number of different ‘tapping exercises’ you can use, and they’re all detailed in the book.
And according to clinical studies carried out on 89 women for the book, it works; those who tapped for 15 minutes a day lost an average of 7 kilograms in eight weeks, without adhering to a strict diet or exercise regimen.
Tapping is meant to encourage connectivity between your body and mind.
What tapping does is bridge that gap between your mind and body, combining gentle touch with sensible thoughts to send a calming signal to the brain. This helps dissipate the root cause of these cravings, removing the physical urges they bring with them altogether.