Emotional Freedom Techniques: How to Curb Food Cravings

Emotional Freedom Techniques: How to Curb Food Cravings

I’m Tina BQ Tran, an Emotional Wellness Coach, who uses Energy Psyhology to guide professionals from overworked and overwhelmed to calm and collected. 

Are you an overworked professional? If so, there's a good chance you're already aware how your exhaustion has affected your eating habits. You should know, first of all, that you're not alone: 30% of the world population (that’s 2.1 billion people) are obese. There are fewer left-handed people in the world!

Recent events haven't been helpful either. For many of us, living through the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown wreaked havoc to our eating habits as we struggled to adjust to many sudden changes. Sometimes, eating becomes a form of distraction, and a way to calm an agitated nervous system.

Today I'd like to show you why tackling cravings is the missing piece in your weight loss puzzle, and how Emotional Freedom Techniques (in this case, EFT tapping) can help with that.

But now, if you've gained unwanted weight, you know firsthand how difficult it is to lose it again. Exercise is great for your health but isn't enough by itself to incur weight loss, and study after study has shown that fad diets are definitely not the long-term answer to losing weight.

I want to show you something better: if you can deal with food cravings and emotional eating, then you won't feel the pangs of emptiness or the yearning for more food. When you feel the pull to overeat less often, you'll soon find yourself shedding your extra weight. Combined with some exercise and healthier eating habits, the craving reduction of EFT tapping will lead to better health for you.

What Is EFT tapping?

EFT tapping is a modality that combines cognitive and exposure therapy with acupoint stimulation by gently tapping. And that's not a metaphor: the process actually means fingertips gently tapping on key acupressure points around your body. It's a painless process that ultimately reduces your cravings, which then helps reduce your weight. It may sound too easy to be true, but the broader picture is that it's not just about tapping random body parts and hoping for the best: EFT tapping is done with professionals who have the training and experience to guide you through both the tapping and therapy elements of a session.

The Research

Tapping is a fairly new field, but early research is promising: below are the results of a research study, which documented neurological changes in the brain before and after tapping.

In this study, brain activity in response to food craving stimuli was mapped using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It revealed deactivation in the Superior Temporal Gyrus and lateral orbito-frontal cortex following EFT treatment.

These findings indicate that EFT decreases limbic region brain activity, and reduces food-related symptoms in overweight individuals.

Essentially, the post-scans for the treatment group (candidates who received EFT therapy) were relatively deactivated in both these areas. Post-scanning of the control group, meanwhile (candidates did not receive EFT therapy) showed continued activation in these areas.

The food craving difference scores over time decreased significantly for the EFT group when compared to the control group.

The average (mean) scores decreased by 18% for the EFT group and 5% for the control group. This is huge - a difference of 13% can convert into many pounds of uneaten food, and significantly improve your caloric ratio. Even one less treat per day (for example, skipping a grande frappucino at 500 calories) can move someone from weight parity to a consistent and sustainable 0.5 pound/week loss.

This study also illuminates the neurological mechanisms at work behind the many successful outcome studies of EFT for weight loss.

Where to Try EFT For Yourself

You already go through enough on a day-to-day basis. You don't need to suffer through strict fad diets when you can instead find peace by painlessly reducing your cravings. To do this, you book a free discovery meeting here to see how EFT works for you. This consultation has no strings attached, and contains a mini-session which will help you start your new path.

If you'd like a direct link to the study, or you'd just like to share your thoughts, email me at tina@quintessentialenergyfocus.com! I'd be happy to send over the study, or just chat.

As a specialist in Emotional Freedom Techniques, my work involves easing negative fearful emotions, tracing their source and managing their effects. This means I can help you if you suffer from unhealthy food cravings, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, phobias, trauma or smoking habits.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Tina Tran