November 12th, 2019
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice in which tiny needles are inserted into specific points on your body. These help balance the flow of energy, resulting in physical and mental health improvements. When used in conjunction with diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications, it is believed that acupuncture can also help with weight loss. Here’s how…
A recent study found that acupuncture (in conjunction with lifestyle changes) may help people with prediabetes lose weight by reducing their insulin and leptin resistance – both appetite-regulating hormones that play a role in long-term weight loss.
In addition to boosting metabolism, acupuncture is known to quiet the sympathetic nervous system (a.k.a. fight or flight response) and activate the parasympathetic system (the body’s rest and digest state).
The result is improved blood flow to your stomach, which aids in digestion and improves conditions such as bloating, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.
When stress eating is an issue, acupuncture can help. Stress relief is another major benefit to acupuncture treatments in that it is effective in blocking stress-induced spikes in hormones such as cortisol (the stress hormone) and the sympathetic nervous system. It releases endorphins (happy hormones), resulting in a calming effect and significantly helps those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
Research suggests that acupuncture (specifically ear-based acupuncture) can help curb cravings and addictions by altering brain chemicals associated with food addictions.
The same way acupuncture provides stress relief and helps the body with digestion (by shutting off the fight or flight response), it also aids with sleep deprivation. Getting enough sleep plays a critical role in weight loss and maintenance.
Why? Sleep deprivation can affect brain function and its ability to make good decisions. Those who are sleep deprived are more likely to snack more often, eat poorly and seek foods that are more comforting.
Not only does acupuncture promote good sleep, but it also improves energy. This calorie-free energy boost supports diet and exercise which could lead to weight loss – meaning you have enough energy to hit the gym! No excuses!
Are you having a difficult time losing weight and are interested in alternative forms of treatment? Call or text our South Tampa wellness studio today at (813) 440-3016 to learn more about our acupuncture treatments, private and semi-private personal training, group classes, and more!