We all have issues we don’t want to see or they linger in the subconscious mind, never to come up into our awareness. They hold us back from being successful in achieving whatever goal.
When it comes to weight loss, it is of fundamental importance to find out these underlying reasons for self-sabotage. By raising them into our consciousness we are able to dissolve them. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a tool to use for this. Check out the Basics of EFT Tapping section to learn more.
There can be many reasons for us to sabotage our efforts to lose weight. Inner beliefs like “I’ll never will lose any weight anyway”, “Weight Loss is very hard and if it is not hard, I am not doing it right”, “When men see me as beautiful, they try to use me. Staying fat keeps me safe.” Maybe you learned in childhood to use food as a reward. You have been told If you were good you would get a sweet treat. The list of possible inner beliefs is long. With EFT tapping I help you find your possible reason that’s holding you back from reaching your Weight Loss goal. Once this is resolved you are well on the way to long-term success.
Controlled studies, done in Australia, from Dr. Peta Stapleton on the possible effect of tapping on weight loss and food cravings shown exciting results. 89 women between 31 and 56 years old with a BMI qualifying them as being obese were tested. Over a time period of eight weeks, they completed approximately two hours of tapping per week (= around 15 minutes a day) without changing anything in their diet or exercising routine. They lost an average of 16 pounds during the eight weeks. The achieved weight loss seemed to last for six or more months afterward, even though most of the participants stopped tapping once the initial eight-week test period ended.
How is it possible that tapping leads to lasting weight loss? As described in the article “Stress prevents you from reaching your Weight Loss Goal” the fight-or-flight responds is triggered while feeling negative emotions or stress and large amounts of the hormone cortisol is released into our blood. Studies show that tapping on selected energy points decreases activity in the amygdala, as well as other parts of the brain associated with negative emotions and the amount of cortisol released into the blood is decreased as well. The connection between the frontal part of our brain, where the logical and rational thinking and finding solutions area is located and the mid-brain is disrupted during periods of high level of cortisol in the blood but is restored during tapping because of the reduction of cortisol.
The fight-or-flight response and consequently the cortisol release is also triggered when we experience stress around food. For instance, when you experience a craving for chocolate, you may be in the throes of a fight-or-flight response. Over years your brain might have been trained to respond to stress by grabbing a box of chocolate – well that is what you will probably do after a long day at work. Tapping quickly halts the fight-or-flight responds and lowers your cortisol levels and switches on the frontal part of your brain again, you are able to react to stress in this moment differently. You can even train your brain to react differently to stress so that the reaction for example craving chocolate in the evening after a hard day’s work is permanently altered. The situations or foods that once triggered to overeat simply lose their power from tapping. The result is you eat less, which supports your weight loss goal.
Try tapping whenever you feel sluggish and bad and want to feel better. The physical and emotional benefits from tapping are endless and weight loss is only one of the many beneficial results.
You want to learn how to apply this method to yourself? Check out my EFT courses in the event section.
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and was founded by Garry Craig in the early 90s last century.
The background is Chinese Medicine, in which it is believed that there is energy (Qi) flowing through our body on certain pathways, the so called Meridians. When feeling pain or negative emotions the normal energy flow is disturbed or interrupted but can be restored by tapping on certain energy points (coming from acupuncture points) located on these meridians. Nowadays we know that while tapping on these energy points the release of certain chemical substances in the brain can be altered. For more information go to the article about stress and weight.
In this easy to learn method all you have to do for self treat is gently tap the energy points with your fingertips while thinking about the thing that is upsetting you. These Energy points are located mainly on your face and hands.
There are five simple steps you have to follow to succeed:
target the problem
rate your feelings
say an affirmation
follow the tapping sequence
Whether you want to get help on your weight loss journey, lose fear, anxiety, phobia, sadness, guilt, you want or overcome procrastination, addictive cravings, you want to improve your performance in sports, work and even sex, or you want to enhance physical well-being and relieve pain, EFT tapping is the tool to choose.
For more information please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, check out the other articles about EFT and Stress and the available dates for webinars to learn this method.
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