Certainly, there are oodles of fad diets on the market today, and it’s up to readers to decide if this is yet another one. The Tapping for Weight Loss book by author Jessica Ortner says that your diet success starts with your fingertips.
The key here is to tap acupressure points on the face and body to make your cravings disappear. This is also called the Emotional Freedom Technique and is a scientifically backed method that was developed in the Seventies by psychologists who found that it can reduce stress and anxiety.
According to a Harvard Medical School study, when you stimulate these points it decreases the activity in the amygdala which is the area of the brain that controls production of the stress hormone cortisol. This is linked to increased appetite, sugar cravings and levels of abdominal fat.
A recent clinical study with 89 women actually showed that the women who tapped for 15 minutes a day lost approximately 16 pounds in eight weeks without even following a strict diet plan or exercise regime. And they had still kept the weight off six months later.
So how should you tap? First, you need to identify what is bothering you. Are you upset that you looked fat in a recent picture? Are you frustrated with something at work? Then, you should give a score to the thing that is bothering you from 0 to 10. The ten would mean you are incredibly distressed and the 0 would mean you feel nothing. Tap with two fingers on the “karate chop point” which is the soft part of the hand under the little finger and say a positive statement to yourself three times.
The idea with the tapping is to run through the eight points of the tapping sequence while repeating a phrase to yourself that reminds you about your anger and how to overcome it. The eight points are: the eyebrow, the side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, the chin, the collarbone, under the arm and the crown of the head. Here is a video that can help you to see the tapping process more. Tap each seven times and spend enough time at each point so that the reminder phrase has time to sink in. Try to tap for at least 15 minutes a day in a quiet location.
When you finish tapping, you should ask yourself if your issues have shifted, if certain thoughts came up while tapping and how you feel now on the scale of 0 to 10.