Control Cravings for Unhealthy Food varieties with EFT for Weight Loss
No matter how committed we are to eating healthy, each one of us has slip-ups where we give in to unhealthy food cravings. And while that may be okay once in a while, if you routinely eat based solely on your cravings, there may be more than just your taste buds calling the shots.
You can blame uncontrolled eating or binging on lack of will power. But what if it is not will power, but your belief system that running the show under the hood? That is some food for thought, isn’t it?
Weight gain can result from a number of reasons and not just eating. But frequently giving in to cravings for fattening foods can sabotage the progress you make from exercising and other non-dietary means.
This used to be my problem when it came to weight loss. I would exercise, but also give in to fatty foods. Stress was a major reason behind my unhealthy eating habits. Every morning I would get all worked up about fitness and work out like there was no tomorrow. By evening, the stress of my job would make me run and sink my face into a sack of potato chips. Obviously, I needed help.
Searching for solutions, I came across a deceptively simple technique with its roots in ancient Chinese medicine and modern psychology. This technique is called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or simply tapping.
EFT involves tapping using the fingertips on certain acupuncture points on your face and body. Sounds bizarre, isn’t it? Even more bizarre is to know that it works like magic.
Even though the technique has been around for a couple of decades, it has suddenly gained popularity all over the world of late. And for a good reason, too. Any method that claims to rid you of limiting beliefs, often within minutes, and actually does it, is nothing short of a miracle.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping is a form of Energy Psychology approach. Energy Psychology is based on the premise that our body is a lattice-work of energy. And that ensuring a smooth flow of energy throughout the body has both physical and emotional benefits.
EFT has been shown to be a powerful tool to release pent up negative emotions that keep the body feeling like it needs all the extra weight for any reason.
When we are overwhelmed, we are more likely to reach for comfort foods even if they may not be the healthiest choice. Cravings for ice cream or fries or cakes are generally triggered by our need to find emotional comfort. Tapping helps you to unearth enough willpower so you can stick to your resolution by choice. Not by guilt, not by fear, but by choice.
Tapping also encourages in you a more compassionate attitude towards yourself when you have a temporary relapse into your old habits. So instead of beating yourself up on your weak resolve, you just get up and get back on track.
When used for cravings, I have found that EFT helps greatly in the moments of weakness. It helps enough so that you slowly start to get it that you are strong enough to resist whatever you are trying to quit.