5 Alternative Weight Loss Methods You’ve Never Tried

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on June 20 2017

If you’re serious about losing weight, you’ve probably done extensive research into what methods are available to you. The world is saturated with yo-yo diets and fitness programs. The most basic element of weight loss is your diet. You’ll be happy to learn that you don’t have to give up the foods you love to lose weight. You just have to enjoy them responsively. Of course, there are other alternative weight loss techniques that can supplement your dieting efforts.

Here are 5 alternative weight loss methods you may want to consider.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has proven to be useful for a number of issues, such as stress and pain management. But it can also be a useful treatment for weight loss. Fine needles inserted into strategic points on the skin can help to restore the body’s natural balance and its flow of energy. When used alongside a healthy diet, this alternative weight loss treatment can curb appetite, reduce cravings for unhealthy foods, improve digestion and even boost metabolism.

Cold Laser Therapy

Also known as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), cold laser therapy is a relatively new alternative weight loss practice that targets fat cells. Don’t be fooled by the name, though. It isn’t cold at all! A painless, non-invasive laser treatment is applied to a patient while they are relaxing. The laser purges the cells of fast stores and toxins. Cold laser therapy isn’t a cure, but it can help to speed up weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Ion Therapy

Ion therapies use currents to draw harmful toxins out of the body. The most common form of ion therapy is a footbath: feet are placed in a basin filled with water while an alternating current is converted to a direct current through an electrode system. The current produces positive and negative ions that bond with toxins, metals, and chemicals in the body. Ion therapy isn’t a “silver bullet” system for weight loss. But it can leave you feeling healthy and energetic, which makes leading a healthier lifestyle much easier.

Acupressure

Similar to acupuncture, acupressure involves the direct application of pressure to specific parts of the body. It is a form of massage that can be performed on the self or by a practitioner. Acupressure can be performed with or without needles. It has been an important part of traditional Chinese medicine for over 2000 years.

For those who wish to use acupressure to lose weight, there are certain points of the body that can be triggered to ease the digestive system and curb cravings. Like others, this alternative weight loss method is most effective when combined with diet and lifestyle improvements.

Meditation

Meditation is one of the most thoroughly researched and respected holistic health treatments available today. Those who practice meditation on a regular basis have decreased levels of anxiety, improved cognition, and lower levels of depression. As a weight loss treatment, meditation can help you focus on your own thoughts and actions. It allows you to recognize systemic behaviors that may otherwise go unnoticed, such as habitual snacking, stress eating, or binge eating. Once you are able to identify these behaviors, you can take steps to reduce them.


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