Frustrated trying to lose weight? A new book published Oct. 1 offers people a simple and effective way to shed those excess pounds for good using emotional freedom techniques (EFT), which is also called tapping. EFT for Weight Loss includes information about how tapping can help people lose weight and moving stories about people who finally found a method that helps them lose weight and keep it off.
"There are thousands of successful weight loss programs available," says the book's author Dawson Church, Ph.D., of the National Institute for Integrative Medicine, in an interview with Examiner.com. "But most of these plans result in temporary weight loss, and people usually regain the weight. Much of our eating and our problems with weight are emotional. EFT addresses the emotional issues that derail people's best intentions."
The book illustrates how people can use EFT to tame cravings, and uncover and neutralize the emotions behind their eating and self-sabotaging behaviors. EFT tapping is a technique based on ancient acupressure principles and modern psychology. Tapping on specific areas on the body while focusing on a problem or issue provides relief from stress and a host of other emotional and physical problems. The technique is growing in popularity and was recently featured on the Dr. Oz Show and in Forbes magazine.
Two recent studies confirmed the effectiveness of EFT for weight loss. For example, an Australian researcher found that participants in a 6-week EFT weight-loss program lost an average of 11 pounds in the year following the program. The second study, conducted by Dr. Church, found that people who participated in an online EFT weight-loss program lost an average of 12 pounds over a six-week period and an additional 3 pounds in the six months following the program.
"EFT research shows the exact opposite of what happens with most weight-loss programs," Dr. Church says. "People keep losing weight after their formal weight-loss programs end."
In addition to writing the book, Dr. Church also offers an online weight-loss program called Skinny Genes Fit that offers weekly lessons, help for cravings, discussion groups, coaching calls, etc.
"Having an effective weight-loss tool that can be delivered online is important," Dr. Church says. "People can access the tools whenever they need help, which can enhance their weight loss success."
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