Did you know that an average diet will only last 15 days before most of us give up? It may not be a surprise to some of you as you will know full well how difficult dieting and attempting to lose weight can be.
What is more surprising however is that 35% of dieters subsequently gain more weight than they lost once their diet has concluded.
Of course eating junk food is a huge factor in our inability to lose weight, but according to the experts emotional eating is the main cause of our cravings.
What is emotional eating?
Emotional eating is the irrational cravings for sugary treats and junk food you will experience when you are feeling bored, sad or stressed out.
If this sounds like something you do then help is at hand in the form of a new book entitled, Tapping For Weight Loss.
In the book the author Jessica Ortner talks about how tapping certain acupressure points on your face and body could help you to beat those cravings.
How can tapping beat cravings?
It is believed that tapping areas such as the forehead, chin and collarbone helps to decrease activity in the amygdala, which is a part of the brain the controls the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
This in turn helps to reduce cravings, your appetite and can help reduce body fat levels.
Although the process of tapping to reduce cravings may seem an alien concept a recent clinical study seems to back up the claims.
During the study 89 women who tapped for 15 minutes a day lost an average of 16 pounds in 8 weeks without needing to follow a strict diet or exercise plan.
It seems that tapping could help reduce the cravings that have ruined so many diets in the past, I guess the only way to truly know how effective it is would be to try it for yourself.
Other tips you can use to lose weight
Here are a few other methods you could use to help with your weight loss efforts:
#1 – Eat slowly
By eating slowly you will give your brain time to receive the signal from your stomach that you are getting full.
It takes 20 minutes usually for this signal to arrive so slow down before you overeat.
#2 – Sit down
Instead of standing at a work-top eating your dinner, sit down at a table so that you feel less inclined to reach into the cupboard for more.
#3 – Turn off distractions
When you are distracted by watching TV or listening to loud energetic music you are not going to notice how full you are getting and are likely to continue eating.
Turn off those distractions and perhaps you will be more likely to successfully lose weight.
#4 – Enjoy your food
Although you should turn off distractions, there are some things you should do while eating to make healthy foods more enjoyable.
For instance you could eat by candlelight or perhaps have some relaxing music on in the background. Make sure the music is not too loud though.