What is Overweight?
Overweight is having more body fat than is healthy. Being overweight is a common condition, in societies where there are sedentary lifestyles; can lead to other health issues.
Facts about Overweight
Many individuals struggle with losing weight and maintaining their optimal weight. An estimated 32.7 percent of U.S. adults 20 years and older are overweight, 34.3 percent are obese and 5.9 percent are extremely obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Overweight can lead to
- Heart Disease
Acupuncture for Weightloss
Acupuncture can help you to lose weight, when incorporated into a comprehensive weight loss plan that includes diet and exercise. For those seeking to lose twenty pounds or less, acupuncture treatments biweekly until the target weight is reached is optimal. Typically, follow-up treatments on a monthly basis for the next few months are recommended to maintain your weight loss.
Your first acupuncture treatment will include your consultation. Your acupuncture physician will assess your diet and eating patterns and any existing health conditions you may have.
Triggers such as stress or anxiety, which can cause overeating and bingeing, will be identified. An acupuncture treatment plan will be structured, beginning with an initial set of treatments.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
Acupuncture has no adverse side effects or addictive stimulants. Unlike over-the-counter weight loss products and fad diets which cause weight to cycle, acupuncture is a natural means to achieve weight loss. During treatment, ear acupoints are stimulated which improve digestion and absorption as well as aiding the body to combat weight gain by increasing energy flow throughout the body. Ear acupoints also aid in managing food addictions, impulsive eating and snacking.
Body acupoints are selected which improve blood and oxygen circulation. These ear and body acupoints can help to increase the metabolism rate and reduce binge eating and food cravings. Acupuncture also increases endorphin release, which can improve mood and reduce stress.