Should You Use Acupuncture for Weight Loss?
“Put pins in me? Are you kidding?”
That’s what my good friend Sharon said when I first told her about using the ancient art of Acupuncture to lose weight.
The truth is, when most people think about weight loss programs, they think intense diets or hours spent exercising. But, what about acupuncture for weight loss? Is this really a suitable way to go about achieving your results so that you can capture the body of your dreams?
More and more, people are starting to look at alternative methods to see progress in their approach, and acupuncture for weight loss is definitely one to consider.
Let’s have a brief look over what you should know so you can determine if this is right for you.
What Acupuncture Is
Before we go into whether you should use acupuncture for weight loss, it’s important that you first come to understand what acupuncture is.
Acupuncture is an ancient health treatment that involves placing small needles into various areas of the body that trigger certain pressure points that influence other areas of the body. By targeting these exact pressure points, the acupuncturist can improve your overall health standing, relieve pain, as well as treat or prevent disease.
Why Acupuncture For Weight Loss?
So how does acupuncture for weight loss work? The key concept behind using this treatment to help you achieve weight loss success is that by triggering specific points of the body, the acupuncturist will cause a series of endorphins to be released that can improve your overall mental state, inducing calmness so you’re better able to deal with the anxiety of following a diet plan as well as enhance your energy so that you can get through your workout sessions.
Acupuncture can also help to achieve great balance in the body and improve the hormonal release taking place, which is key for keeping your metabolism functioning optimally and you burning up calories all day long.
Incorporating Acupuncture Into Your Fat Loss Routine
Now that you can see how acupuncture can potentially be used to help enhance your weight loss results, how do you go about adding it into your program plan?
First you need to realize that acupuncture is not going to be a cure-all for your weight loss woes. While it will help you stick to a good diet program itself, it’s never going to be a substitute for that diet and a good workout program.
Instead, it should be used in conjunction to these two things. It’s recommended that you go for treatment every day for the first five days and then reduce this down to every other day in the second week, followed by twice per week from there forward until the weight loss goal is achieved.
Depending on your specific goal set however this may be adjusted by the acupuncturist that you are seeing, so discuss your needs with them to come up with an appropriate treatment plan.
So there you have the main things to note about acupuncture for weight loss. It definitely can be a beneficial way to enhance your results and increase the rate of success you are seeing when used properly.
NaturalWeightLossHQ.com Reader Submission
Below is an article submitted by Tony Thorton, from California:
“Is acupuncture helpful for weight loss? The question that the title asks is one that is a very valid one. You may be wondering what in the world the big deal is when it comes to acupuncture for weight loss. Well my friends, there is a great deal that you might not really know when it comes to this very ancient and time-honored technique. Are you aware that you can achieve a level of Calmness that you really do need in order to be able to deal with the daily stresses and situations that life throws our way each and every day? Go you realize that it is Stress that so often de-rails us not matter what we are trying to do or achieve?
The question of should you personally use acupuncture for weight loss can only be answered by you personally. Of course, you need to realize ahead of time that this technique is not meant to replace anything that you would normally do in order to lose weight. What it is meant to do is actually to add another tool to your arsenal, if you will, that will help you get to the finish line and lose the weight that you want to lose.
If you have a regular physician that you see all the time you might want to talk to him/her about acupuncture for weight loss and see what they have to say. If you do not have a regular physician, it is a good idea to talk to a nutritionist about this. You can also look online for information about acupuncture for weight loss and how it helps the best. Be aware that you will find a great deal more information this way than you may want. Let your heart and common sense guide you.
For the most part the main reason that you would start using acupuncture for weight loss is to help you relax your mind and body and to reduce the amount of stress you feel. The more you are able to Calm Down and keep the stress to a minimum the easier you are going to find it to lose the weight that you want to lose. We all know that stress is the main reason that we overeat and/or eat foods that are not the best for us. Being able to reduce the stress in your life is a good way to keep your life a little better organized.
Of course, there are always going to be reasons that you should not even consider acupuncture for weight loss. If you are afraid of needles you might want to talk with an acupuncturist to see what they have to say. For the most part you do not feel the acupuncture needles as they are being inserted. Something else that might keep you from doing this is nerve damage or conditions such as R.S.D or Fibromyalgia (both are neurological and deal with a malfunctioning nervous system). Talk with a doctor and/or acupuncturist beforehand for advice in this case.”