How To Lose Weight By Eliminating Cravings With EFT Tapping?
In this article, you will learn about food craving and weight loss and the steps to eliminate food craving and weight lose using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping.
My mother always told me, "If you crave something, your body is asking for it and you should eat it."
And boy did I follow that advice without any prejudice.
Of course, she forgot to add the little 'if's' and 'buts' of eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
The result is, I found myself standing in front of the mirror one day, asking myself, "Where did all these saddlebags come from?"
And then my struggle against weight really started. I tried everything from fad diets to exercise and even considered getting a surgery.
I didn't really loose significant weight despite all these steps and eventually let go of them.
I wondered why didn't all these methods work? What was I doing wrong?
The answer struck me like a lightning bolt, I had indulged in my cravings.
Oh! The love that the dark gooey bar of chocolate, or the tub of ice-cream gave me couldn't be compared to any good feeling.
No matter what I tried, it was so difficult to not indulge.
"Successful weight loss takes programming, not will power"
American Television Personality
So you might be wondering how you can let go of cravings and lose weight?
I learnt how to eliminate cravings during EFT Practitioner Training in Mumbai, India.
Once the technique is learnt, and you start to use it on yourself, you will find your cravings for chocolate and chips will disappear, and you will make healthy food choices.
With EFT, it is really easy to eliminate cravings.
Every time you crave something just start tapping for only a minute. Eventually you will realize that you don't crave that substance any more.
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The steps to let go of food cravings and reduce weight:
Bring into your awareness one food item that you crave and want to no longer crave, for example chocolates, cakes, samosa, chips or pizza.
Place the food item or substance on a tissue and smell it. Then touch it and smell it. Do not taste it! Smell and look at the substance without consuming it.
Then ask yourself what does it smell, touch, feel and look like, for example “It is so crunchy and sweet!”
Then tap on the exact words of how you feel about the substance. For example, "Even though it's so crunchy and sweet, I love and accept myself."
Keep tapping till the intensity of the craving comes down.
You can also ask yourself, what do you feel when you smell the food item and when have you not felt like that before.
For example, I was working with a client who loved to eat bread and she uncovered that eating bread makes her feel comfortable and a time when she did not feel comfortable was when she was in school and was bullied and there was a bakery opposite the school where she would get bread to comfort the feelings she felt after she was bullied.
After tapping on the memories associated with the reason for the craving then smell the substance again. Notice how it starts to smell differently. For example chocolates can small like chemicals and chips can smell of oil. Some people even report that there is no smell.
Many times the substance is filling something that is missing – comfort, safety, love, protection
These cravings may not necessarily be an eating disorder and may even have underlying deep emotional issues. For example, I realized that I craved a bar of chocolate only when I didn't feel loved.
It is important to get to the root of the issue and eliminate it from there for longer lasting results.
I am still a work in progress, however I now know how I can live a happier, healthier craving free life. I still enjoy that occasional bar of chocolate, the guilt I had when I ate that is no longer there.
Rangana & Donita
DOES EFT REALLY WORK FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
Emotional Freedom technique is a tool that is considered to be highly efficient in dealing with various emotional and physical issues and there has been many studies that prove its effectiveness. Furthermore, it does not require much time unlike talk therapy.
Clinical studies have found EFT Tapping to be extremely useful in helping people lose weight:
EFT Tapping for obese and overweight adults: The study compared Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for food cravings in 83 adults who were overweight or obese in an 8-week intervention. Information was gathered at baseline, post-intervention, at 6-months and an year follow-up.
The result of this study showed that EFT and CBT both are a very powerful tool in diminishing food cravings, one's responsiveness to food, and dietary restriction. The study also showed that the techniques are very effective for delivering weight loss results and the impacts were are clinically significant, especially for psychological variables involved. (1)
EFT Tapping for food craving: 451 Participants were randomly assigned to an eight-week online EFT intervention group or waitlist control group. The sample composed primarily of women (96%) aged between 41 and 60 years. In treatment group, 65% consumed their craved foods daily and were obese. Post-intervention analyses revealed significant reductions on all measures for 314 participants in the EFT condition with moderate to high practical significance for the online intervention. However, there were no significant differences for 137 participants in the waitlist control group. The participants in the EFT group were found to have treatment gains in a 6-month and 12-month follow-up.
In conclusion, the study's results established online EFT as an accessible and effective instrument to help in the control of food craving and management of body weight. (2)
EFT Tapping for long term weight management: Participants in a longitudinal intervention program conducted over a period of 2-years were initially randomly allocated to a treatment or waitlist group. The treatment group was instructed to try to lose weight through a self-paced online EFT program divided into 7 modules spread through 8 weeks, while the participants in the waitlist group were not allotted any treatment plan.
The result found EFT to be effective in decreasing food longings, the perceptional force of food, and improving dietary restriction and keeping up those enhancements over a 2-year time frame. Furthermore, it was also found that the group that was in the EFT treatment plan had reduced carbohydrate and fast food craving, and their body mass index improved significantly as compared to the waitlist group. (3)
In summary, one way to loose weight is to eliminate food cravings. As food cravings are rooted in emotional eating and can pile on the pounds. By using EFT Tapping to eliminate the surface cravings and the root cause, it easy to say goodbye to unhealthy cravings and hello to a slimmer, trimmer and fitter body.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is purely for educational purposes and does not in any way replace the requirement for medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment. Please do seek professional medical and psychological diagnosis and advice for all medical and mental health conditions. It is advised to always book any consultations with qualified professionals.
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