If you’re trying to achieve your target weight, you’re probably already watching your diet and working out regularly. But have you considered trying acupuncture for weight loss?
Acupuncture is one of the many forms of treatment included under Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and also possibly the most popular. In Australia it has become an important allied medicine and has been found to be effective in treating multiple conditions. It is even offered in some hospitals to help patients coming in to the emergency room to manage pain or for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy to manage nausea.
How does acupuncture for weight loss work?
Acupuncture works on the principle that the life energy (also known as Qi) follows certain pathways or channels in the human body. When the pathways are open and the energy flows freely, one remains healthy. However when the pathways are blocked, it causes energy to accumulate which causes imbalances and subsequent health problems.
For an acupuncture treatment, fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific trigger points to unblock and release the flow of energy. This form of therapy has been found to improve the way the body releases hormones and regulates digestion and metabolism.
There are many other benefits of using acupuncture for weight loss, backed up by evidence from the people who have received this treatment. Here are a few:
Acupuncture will help decrease your cravings
Acupuncture can affect cravings and has been helpful in controlling the urge for smokers and heroin addicts. With reduced cravings, you are less likely to eat on impulse, to binge eat or to deviate from your meal plan. For many people on the weight loss journey, the meal restrictions are harder than the workout routine. A little extra help in that area can get you to your target weight faster.
Acupuncture can help reduce pain so you can work out more effectively
The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) found that acupuncture is effective in 117 conditions including chronic lower back pain, tension headaches, allergic rhinitis, and repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Many of these complaints affect your exercise schedule and the intensity at which you can work out. By removing these obstacles, you will be able to work out to lose weight faster and in a healthier manner.
Acupuncture reduces stress
Stress leads to heightened cortisol levels in your body and can be a large contributor to weight gain. The cortisol triggers extra appetite, which is why many of us eat more when we’re anxious. When combined with exercise, acupuncture for weight loss is effective and also helps to keep stress levels low.
Acupuncture gives you an energy boost
Acupuncture is considered effective for chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as for general tiredness and low energy. You’ll exercise better and recover faster when your energy levels are improved.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that fatigue is caused by overwork and too much exercise, but also could be because of illnesses, bad eating habits, or mental conditions like depression. When you receive acupuncture for better energy, you’ll be evaluated for all these causes, and treated for the same.
Acupuncture helps you sleep better
Acupuncture has been found to help recipients sleep better by easing anxiety and inducing a mood of relaxation and wellbeing. When you sleep better, you are more likely to remain on track with your workout regimen.
How to incorporate acupuncture for weight loss into your fitness regimen
When you use alternative medicines like massage or acupuncture for weight loss, you must remember that they should be complementary to your other efforts. That means that you can’t rely on only massage or only acupuncture to shed those extra kilos.
Acupuncture for weight loss can reduce your appetite and cravings and will increase energy levels, but the rest of your weight loss journey depends on the rest of your plan. The most effective way to lose weight (and maintain it over the long term) is to burn more calories than you eat. For this you have to stick to a low-fat meal plan, make healthier choices in your diet and lifestyle, and commit to a regular exercise regime.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, it might help to consult the experts:
Talk to a nutritionist: A nutritionist will help you develop a meal plan that will help you lose weight and remain healthy.
Join a group fitness class: If you’re just starting out on an exercise plan, joining a group fitness class will motivate you, keep you disciplined, and make sure you’re doing the right workout to meet your goals.
Sign up for a personal trainer: If you’ve already been exercising and are not seeing results or if you want to drop those kilos faster, a personal trainer will give you a customized fitness plan and make sure you stick to it.
If you want to try acupuncture for weight loss, you should be committed to the full course. Your therapist will recommend a series of treatments over a few weeks for the best results and you should be able to follow through.
Aussie acupuncturists are held to strict professional standards and must clear all academic requirements, especially when accredited by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) so make sure you choose a licensed practitioner for your treatment. If you’re thinking of trying acupuncture for weight loss, Avaana can help you find a professional near you.