Perhaps you resolved to lose weight this year, and, like many before you, you find yourself stumbling and frustrated, with little to show for your efforts. Or, maybe you just want to shed a few pounds before the summer season rolls around. Whatever your goal, acupuncture can play an effective role in your weight-loss program.
To explain how acupuncture can help you lose weight, the team of certified acupuncturists here at Family Wellness Acupuncture bring you the following information.
Tackling weight loss from several angles
Nearly one in three people in the United States is overweight and two out of five are obese. There are many reasons why, as a nation, we’re carrying too many pounds, and acupuncture addresses many of them, including:
Sugar and carb addiction
Did you know that sugar (carbs are broken down into sugar) triggers the same reward centers in your brain that drugs and alcohol do? In other words, it isn’t a stretch to label sugar as an addiction.
With acupuncture, our goal is to curb the cravings by rebalancing the flow of energy in your body, which includes those feel-good hormones such as dopamine. So, instead of relying on a sugar hit for a dopamine rush, your body is more balanced, and dopamine production returns to normal.
Another major factor when it comes to weight is stress or emotional eating. Who hasn’t curled up with a tub of ice cream when they’re upset? Through acupuncture, we reduce your overall stress levels by releasing your body from the fight-or-flight response in which it’s stuck. As a result, you’ll feel more balanced and less prone to stress eating.
Controlling hunger hormones
Your stomach produces the hormones that signal hunger, and, through acupuncture, we promote better metabolic balance.
Balancing your digestive system
Acupuncture is a powerful tool in helping your digestive system to run smoothly. If you’re embarking on a diet and changing your eating habits to lose weight, acupuncture can help your digestive system to adjust more quickly and function optimally.
To give you an idea about how effective acupuncture can be for weight loss, one study found that acupuncture delivered significant reductions in BMI among participants who had obesity. Researchers concluded that neuroendocrine regulation is likely the key to acupuncture’s success in this arena.
Though acupuncture alone is effective in helping you lose weight, our practice offers other helpful tools, including:
- Cupping for detoxification
- Weight loss supplements
- Herbs that promote strength
Our team is invested in your weight-loss success, and we're with you every step of the way. To get started, we sit down with you and perform a thorough evaluation of your health and your goals. From there, we devise a plan that will deliver the results you’ve been unable to garner on your own.
To get started on your comprehensive weight loss program, please contact our Irvine, California, office to schedule your appointment today.