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3 Drug-Free Tips to Help You Avoid Overeating

Diet drug manufacturers claim to offer a quick, easy method to suppress your appetite, but all drugs come with side effects. Luckily, there are a few natural things you can do to avoid overindulging in your favorite foods.

Fill Up on Healthy Foods

It sounds like a good idea to banish salty or sugar-laden snacks from your diet, but if you are like most people you eventually succumb to temptation. When that happens, it's tempting to just give up completely. Instead of completely eliminating those foods, make them an occasional treat and fill up on healthy foods, like celery, tomatoes, apples, or kale chips when you are hungry.

Get Rid of Leftovers

When you have a case of the midnight munchies, it's hard to resist snacking on those leftovers in your refrigerator. Eliminate leftovers by changing the proportions in the recipes to ensure that you only cook as much food as you can eat in one meal or by giving excess food to your neighbors or family members.

Slow Down

It takes 15 or 20 minutes for those "I am full" signals to travel from your stomach to your brain. Chew your food slowly, drink plenty of water and enjoy leisurely conversations with your family and friends to allow enough time for those signals to register in your brain.

You have probably heard how effective acupuncture is for relieving pain or lowering blood pressure, but did you know that it's also an effective weight loss method? Since acupuncture is a natural healing practice, you will not have to worry about any unpleasant side effects as the pounds come off.

What is Acupuncture?

Centuries ago, Chinese medical practitioners discovered that many types of ailments develop when Qi, the body's life force, becomes blocked at one or more points in your body. They treated health problems by inserting thin needles at the blockage sites, allowing Qi to flow freely again. Today, acupuncturists use the ancient healing art to treat a variety of conditions, including back pain, asthma, tonsillitis, gastrointestinal problems and fertility issues.

How Can Acupuncture Help Me Lose Weight?

Acupuncturists target several areas of the body involved with weight gain, including:

  • Kidneys and Endocrine System. Treating these areas can reduce water retention and help balance your hormones.
  • Liver. Eliminating liver blockages can help improve your metabolism, the rate at which you burn calories.
  • Spleen. A sluggish spleen can be the culprit in weight gain and can also cause reduced metabolism, in addition to fatigue and water retention.
  • Thyroid. Treatment of the thyroid gland restores hormonal balance and increases your energy level.
  • Ovaries and Adrenal Glands. If weight gain becomes a problem after menopause, targeting the adrenal glands and ovaries can help restore balance.

Does Acupuncture Work?

Many people have found success losing or maintaining their weight with regular acupuncture treatments. Researchers who conducted a study in Korea discovered that ear, or auricular, acupuncture is a very effective weight management tool. After four weeks, patients who received acupuncture treatment that concentrated on five locations on their ears experienced a six percent decrease in their body mass index (BMI), while participants who only received placebo treatment noticed no difference in their BMI.

Am I a Good Candidate for Acupuncture?

If you have difficulty losing weight or controlling your appetite, acupuncture therapy is an excellent choice. In addition to improving the function of your spleen, liver, kidneys and other organs, acupuncture can also reduce your stress level by triggering the release of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones your body produces that help you feel relaxed. If you respond to stress by raiding the refrigerator, acupuncture can help you remain calm and reduce your need to eat.

Acupuncture can also lower your leptin and insulin levels. Insulin controls metabolism and the way you absorb glucose (sugar) from your bloodstream, while leptin helps you feel full after you eat and also plays a role in metabolism and fat storage.

Can Acupuncture Treatments Alone Solve My Weight Problem?

Acupuncturists treat the whole person and not just a list of symptoms. They consider the impact of your lifestyle and make recommendations that will help you become healthier. They often offer nutritional and diet guidance and may recommend strategies that can help you reduce stress. Your acupuncturist may suggest that you take Chinese herbs or supplements to augment your treatments and keep your body in proper balance.

Are you tired of diets that do not work? Call us today and learn how acupuncture can help you shed those unwanted pound.