Would you try anything to lose weight? Even if it was something silly like tapping on your face? I’m referring to EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. You may have heard of ‘tapping’ before and that’s the same thing. You can add this silly looking technique into your weight loss journey, for free and with no side effects!
Doctors and psychologists are taking advantage of this practice and even pro athletes are doing it too. EFT is a combination of Chinese acupressure points and cognitive reconstruction and it has been proven to work as a weight management technique in over 50 randomized controlled trials. Stick around if you want to learn more.
How does EFT work?
EFT can be described as a stress relief tool because it has a direct effect on your stress response to anything and everything. While focusing on a problem you want to solve, you tap on certain points on the hand, face, and chest. Tapping in these specific spots signals the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system deals with emotions and memory. There’s a part of the limbic system called the amygdala, which is the stress center of the brain. The amygdala controls how much cortisol is released. Research shows that tapping lowers your cortisol levels by 43% and reduces anxiety levels by 62%.
When you tap on a certain problem, you decrease your stress response to that problem which allows you to look at it without the fog of stress, and thus respond to it differently. Our brains cannot think clearly when under stress so when you decrease the stress hormone and then think about the problem at hand, you can make a rational decision. Tapping helps to reduce any emotional charge from a problem. It resets your brain and changes the way you think about a certain food or eating behaviour.
Because EFT transforms your unconscious mind the results last longer. You don't have to rely on it forever because the research shows it has a permanent effect on changing how your brain reacts to whatever problem you've tapped away.
Things you can improve with tapping
Eating more healthy food
Decreasing emotional eating
Drinking more water
Improve body image
Release resistance to change
And much, much more!
How to do EFT
Before you begin tapping you rate the issue on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst it could be, and 1 being the best it could be. After you’ve completed the tapping routine you rate the issue again and continue to tap as needed to bring the issue down to at least a rating of 3.
Each tapping session starts with a setup statement.
Example: “Even though I _________ (have this problem), I am willing to change this.”
You can repeat each statement out loud or in your head. The exact words that are said don't matter completely; rather it's the feeling or emotion they are attached to. So if something doesn't resonate with you, you can ad-lib.
Then, going from eyebrow point, to temple, under the eye, under the nose, chin, collar, under the arm, and top of the head you say statements that pertain to your original feeling of the problem.
These are the negative statements. For example, if you have a problem with not drinking enough water a negative statement could be “I don’t like drinking water. I don’t like the taste”.
After a few rounds of negative statements, you can stop and rate your issue again before moving onto positive statements. Positive statements are how you want to feel about the problem.
Example: “Maybe I can be okay with the taste and smell of water. Maybe I can start to enjoy drinking water”.
The cool thing is tapping is not dependent on the placebo effect to work! You don't need to believe that it works for it to work. Follow the video below to get a comprehensive understand of how tapping works. Once you realize its powers it will become one of your favorite tools in your wellbeing and weight loss toolbox!