Diet Tips – Acupuncture

Acupuncture points for weight loss vary, the ear being the most commonly used site. It may work by suppressing appetite and improving mood, thereby reducing caloric intake, but high-quality, controlled trials on the efficacy of acupuncture on weight loss are limited.
There is a well-known “fat camp” in China that uses acupuncture, a slimming diet aimed at creating dietary restriction, and exercise to lose weight. Some participants have cut short their stay because they could not tolerate the rigorous diet and exercise regimen. If participants undergoing the acupuncture-diet-exercise regimen lose weight, is it because of the acupuncture or the diet and exercise? We know that diet and exercise create an energy deficit and are thus a proven weight-loss strategy. Acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct, whether due to a real effect on suppressing the appetite or due to a placebo effect. Many will say that the placebo effect is still an effect and that its use should not be totally ignored.
Slimming Slippers/Shoes
One of the purported mechanisms of weight loss is based on foot reflexology, where various organs and other parts of the body are represented as points and areas on the feet.
Would pressure on a certain point on the feet create an energy deficit?
There is a certain shoe that claims to be effective for weight loss and, interestingly, a study that measured a person’s energy expenditure when wearing the shoe did show an increase in energy expenditure. How? All because the shoe was really heavy!
Mesotherapy
Mesotherapy is performed by doctors and has its origins in France. A cocktail of drugs is injected into the subcutaneous tissue of the targeted area, be it the face, abdomen or hips. The cocktails used are proprietary and users are not keen to share their formulations. Hence, there is little published research and little convincing proof that it works.
The concoctions usually contain theophylline, an anti-asthma drug known to cause weight loss. Although it has a weight-loss effect, there is a reason why theophylline is not used for weight loss – it has substantial side effects, such as palpitations, agitation, tremors, vomiting and even respiratory arrest and seizures. Phosphatidylcholine is another possible active ingredient. Hence, efficacy aside, the safety profile of mesotherapy has also not been ascertained and this is especially difficult to do when doctors have their own formulations.
Long Term Diets That Work – Is There Such A Thing?
There are numerous books on dieting, much to the consumer’s confusion. Eat Right 4 Your Type, for example, advocates different diets that work for different blood groups. Popular diet plans include the Atkins diet, the Ornish diet, the Pritikin diet, the Zone diet, the South Beach Diet and Volumetrics. Some have sound philosophies, while others are questionable.
Diets That Work

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