Acupuncture has been used for centuries to alleviate pain. However, did you know that it could also be used to help with your own weight loss efforts?
Read on and discover how acupuncture could help you reach your weight loss goals.
How can acupuncture help with your weight loss efforts?
As you more than likely already know, acupuncture involves a process where needles are inserted into various parts of your body, usually to relieve pain.
However there are certain pressure points that can also help to reduce stress and anxiety, which are two issues that could cause weight gain to occur.
When you are feeling stressed or anxious your body will produce excess amounts of the hormone cortisol, which unfortunately will increase your food cravings.
Therefore reducing stress and anxiety through acupuncture could be an important step along your path to a slimmer future.
What if you are afraid of needles?
If you are afraid of needles then you could try ear acupuncture, however for those with a deep phobia there is another option; moxibustion.
Moxibustion is a process whereby mugwort, a small, spongy herb is burnt to facilitate healing.
During this process a ‘moxibustion stick’ is lit and placed around an inch or two above the various acupuncture points of your body.
Doing so is intended to result in a deep relaxation being achieved, with stress and anxiety being relieved.
What else can you do to achieve weight loss?
Although acupuncture can aid your weight loss efforts you are never going to achieve your goals relying solely on this method.
You will have to make changes to both your diet and activity levels if you want to lose weight and keep it off long term.
For a start you should certainly consider cutting back on the processed junk food and takeaways you currently eat.
You should really be eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as chicken, turkey and fish, which will provide you with the protein you need to keep you full while giving you the energy you need to exercise.
Your activity levels should also increase, which means you should exercise 3-4 times weekly for around 20-30 minutes. As long as you are pushing yourself and making your heart rate rise then you will be burning off those excess calories and stored fats.
Finally, I would recommend that you drink a little more water. Not only to replace the lost fluids from exercise, but also to help cut back on any food cravings and to flush out any toxins that could possibly be stopping any weight from being lost.