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Alternative Weight Loss Weapons

By Danielle Serrano
 
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In this day and age, it seems as if women are always looking for the latest and greatest magic weight loss secret. From a holistic health perspective, a healthy lifestyle is the only way to a healthy waistline.

However, Fabrizio Mancini, doctor of chiropractic and president of Parker University, revealed some creative and alternative techniques that he has seen work wonders in his own patients to help keep excessive pounds at bay.

Acupuncture:
This is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice in which needles are inserted at specific “acupoints,” along a network of energy channels throughout the body.

This venerable practice has been shown to reduce appetite and cravings, as well as improve weight loss and reduce weight gain, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity.

The decreased stress and anxiety attributed to acupuncture treatments can help stimulate beneficial hormones, increasing the efficiency of a healthy diet and exercise.

Chiropractic Treatments:
Mancini explained that “the nervous system, which lives within the spinal cord, controls and affects all aspects of the body,” and that chiropractic care can improve functions of metabolism, digestive system, brain, organs, and more.

Receiving consistent spinal adjustments may correct misalignments, decrease nerve pressure, increase flexibility, and remove spinal chord pressure. This removes the strain and pain, enabling you to exercise and push yourself harder.

Massage:
Need another excuse? Massage has been shown to lower stress, improve circulation, speed physical recovery, and improve mobility, among other benefits.

Cortisol, a hormone that is increased by stress, is often associated with excess fat deposits in the belly, as well as an increased appetite.

Massage is linked to a decrease in stress levels, thus a decrease in cortisol, and any cortisol-related weight gain. Massage can promote a more positive mental and emotional outlook, thus improving overall wellbeing, to boot!

Good Posture:
Good posture is critical for core strength, improved breathing, and spinal alignment.

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I LOVE acupuncture, my dad had really terrible back pains after a motorcycle crash and after reading up on alternative healing, he finally talked himself into getting acupuncture. Later when I was complaining about back pain he recommend I get acupuncture treatment. It's wonderful, I swear it. If you're on the fence about alternative healing, I definitely recommend researching more to convince yourself, in my experience (and my dad's) it has been worth it. I've never used it for weight loss but the place I went to specializes in that as well. Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.lytnyc.com/our-services/acupuncture-for-weight-loss/

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