Best of Chinese Medicine Blog: 5 Mind-Blowing Ways Acupuncture Is Helping Overeaters Lose Weight

The best way to find effective answers, is to ask the right questions. Most of us struggle with this thought. It's not really about the solution, but rather in the kind of question you pose in the first place. If you are you overweight and have been searching for "miracle fat loss" pills or some "magic transformation" diets, maybe you should ask yourself why and how you became overweight in the first place. If you are serious about changing your body, for health-related reasons, or for your aesthetic needs, then you need to change your eating habits. In fact, one reason you are overweight could very well be that you simply overeat, and most likely, you do indulge in the wrong kind of foods. If you think this may be you, read on for five mind-blowing ways that acupuncture may be able to help. 


Are You An Overeater?

Acupuncture itself won’t make you thin. To lose weight, you need to use more energy than you consume. It doesn’t matter whether you follow the cabbage soup diet or 6-weeks to OMG! If you take in more energy than you use, you will never lose weight. Acupuncture can help you by making your decision to change your lifestyle a little easier. You first step should be to contact a nutritional therapist. They will ask you to write down everything you eat in what’s called a food log. If you don’t want to visit a therapist, you can go this yourself. After two weeks, your food log will indicate whether overeating may be the cause of your weight issue. 


#1. Acupuncture Helps You Stop Paying Lip Service To Overeating

Acupuncture works by focusing on one or several of 400 pressure points on the human body. If you believe that your weight may be related to impulsive eating, your mouth is one area that a trained acupuncturist may focus on. Acupuncture for the mouth is ideal for the impulsive eater who may also smoke a lot and talk a lot. This treatment can help you stop overeating and start addressing the cause of your overeating. 


#2. Acupuncture Can Address Hunger Pangs

The stomach is another area an acupuncturist may focus on. If your food diary indicates that you continue eating even after you are full then stomach acupuncture may help. Your food log may also show that you are constantly nibbling. This is one reason you may be gaining weight and having trouble sticking to your ideal weight. Stomach acupuncture may help you address you hunger pangs.  


#3. Acupuncture Can Help Suppress Hunger

If your food log indicates that you constantly feel hungry, acupuncture can help. Acupuncturists can address the specific spots that control your general appetite. If you have a problem where you always feel hungry, you may be able to use acupuncture to help yourself stick with your healthy eating regime. 


#4. Acupuncture Can Address Your Sweet Tooth

Acupuncture that focuses on your lungs is perfect for food addicts or those with a sweet tooth. If you love chocolate and sweets, you’ll have a hard time staying trim no matter how little you eat at other times.  


#5. Acupuncture Can Address Your Insecurities

The Shenmen is a known calming point that acupuncturists often tap into. According to one center specializing in acupuncture for weight loss in Toronto, the main reason for weight gain is often psychological and not a physical deficiency or problem. While you write your food log, you may wish to write down how you feel before and after eating. This may help you decide whether your overeating is cause by anxiety, anger, frustration or insecurity. Acupuncture can help you overcome emotional eating. 

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