Studies suggest that acupuncture and hypnosis are far more effective portion control tools than drugs, surgery or fad diets. Acupuncture and Hypnosis help people lose weight because they do the only thing that can work: They change brain chemistry using the body’s own capabilities, and not an external chemical that works only for 24 hours.
How Can Hypnosis Help Me Learn Portion Control?
Hypnosis can help for the same reason that so many diets fail: In order to lose weight and then keep it off, addressing unconscious resistance helps immensely. This is what hypnosis does to make treatment effective. Here is an article in Psychology Today on Hypnopuncture. We utilize hypnosis, acupuncture and functional medicine, giving the patient the greatest chance of taking off weight, and keeping it off.
Hypnosis, a form of behavior modification can help you to:
- Stop eating when full
- Eat smaller portions
- Develop healthier eating habits
- Eliminate unhealthy foods from your diet
- Improve sense of self-worth and confidence
In a study of 60 women separated into hypnosis versus non-hypnosis groups, the groups using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds, while the non-hypnosis group lost an average of only .5 pounds (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986).
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Reduce Food Cravings: Just as acupuncture treatments can eliminate desires for addictive substances like tobacco, so can they help curb food cravings. Also, it can relieve the pit-of-the-belly feeling of emptiness that leads to overeating by relaxing the muscular contractions of the stomach.
Regulate Metabolism: A history of bingeing, irregular eating and even thyroid dysfunction can all contribute to a slow metabolism. Acupuncture can increase metabolism by stimulating the thyroid and endocrine glands, while stabilizing blood sugar levels through its effect on the endocrine system.
Improve Digestion: Crash diets, irregular eating habits and ingesting greasy foods eventually take their toll on the digestive system. Symptoms of digestive system dysfunction include chronic symptoms such as bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea. Acupuncture is effective in harmonizing the digestive organs.
Relax the Mind: The insertion of acupuncture pins into specific points on the body stimulates the release of endorphins. This in turn eases unwanted feelings of stress, frustration and anxiety, which are easy triggers for emotional eating, overeating and bingeing on fattening foods.
How Can Nutrition Testing Help Me Lose Weight?
Cleansing: Toxins eventually build up due to excess weight and adipose tissue. This can lead to symptoms like fatigue, acne and even depression. This can also make it much harder for your hormones that naturally help burn fat to work properly and do their job. With the help of Nutrition Testing, these symptoms can be relieved or eliminated whether or not you are targeting them.
NOTE: There are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss. It requires discipline as well as a clear model for changing one’s behavior. That being said, the combination of acupuncture, hypnosis, and a willingness to change one’s diet and lifestyle can go a long way to combating weight issues.