Tips to Conquer Your Food Cravings

By Karen Asp, "Conquer Your Cravings," January/February 2012

3 unique ways to try to overcome the urge to indulge.

3. Tap it out: A 2011 study in Behaviour Change found that overweight adults who tapped acupressure points on their face and body while thinking about a food craving quelled their urge to eat. (The technique involves repeatedly tapping eight specific points of the body while reciting a short phrase about intrusive thoughts.) By the end of the six-month study, the women had lost about 11 pounds. Some researchers theorize that tapping specific points quiets the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for cravings.

Try it yourself: Using your index and middle fingers, tap eight points (eyebrow, side eye, under eye, under nose, just above chin, collarbone, under arm, top of head) at least seven to 10 times. Before you tap each point, recite a short, positive phrase about the food you want to crave less (such as “Love that sugar” or “Even though I’m addicted to chocolate, I choose to accept myself anyway”).

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