Stress and weight gain


So how does stress cause weight gain?

When we experience stress it creates an immediate response in the body.

Stress creates hormonal imbalances that can cause weight gain, the release of cortisol (stress hormone) shuts down the digestion and slows the metabolism. 

Unchecked high levels of cortisol cause 

  • high blood sugar 
  • increased fat stores
  • high blood pressure
  • muscle loss

The body diverts it's resources so it can react to the perceived threat. To do this it needs to be able to run fast, see and hear clearly. 


Stress and diabetes

Stress cranks up the sympathetic nervous system. When  the sympathetic nervous system is dominant as well as the extra cortisol we also create excess insulin and inflammation. When these are raised over a long period of time they contribute to weight gain, make it difficult for us to lose weight and difficult to build muscle.

Long term low level stress can decrease

  • Immunity
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Mood 
  • Energy levels



Appetite and stress

Stress and Anxiety also create Appetite Dysregulation

  • This dulls our satiety response - so we're not getting the signal we are full.
  •  Increases our desire for foods dense in sugar and fat (classic comfort foods) 
  • Increases the accumulation of abdominal fat. 

The research into understanding all the chemical and hormonal responses continues. We still have a lot to learn - we do know that use of tapping means less stress - that's good for the mind and the body.

EFT Tapping


What is Tapping?

EFT Tapping is quite simply using your fingers to tap on acupuncture points whilst stating your feelings - it brings results you can see and feel in a matter of minutes.  It can resolve  psychological and emotional issues quickly and has a long lasting effect.    Tapping is an evidence-based self-help therapeutic method that anyone can use effectively.  It results in positive health effects as well as increased mental well-being.  

How does Tapping work?

The amygdala is the part of the brain which helps us to sense threats, its like our personal alarm and  triggers the fight or flight response. Our body can't distinguish between different  types of threat. It  reacts in the same way if you are just thinking about a traumatic event or if it is actually taking place. 

In effect it can't really tell the difference between a wild animal threatening our life or a work colleague telling us we've done something wrong. Todays stresses could be work or study issues financial, social  or family pressures.

 When the amygdala is constantly firing the body takes over as our energy gets ready to face the perceived threat. We can’t think clearly or make the best choices. Tapping sends calming signals to the amygdala. The perceived threat disappears, the brain fog lifts and we can think clearly again.

Effect of Tapping on stress and anxiety

As we now know stress is one of the main causes of disease.  It disrupts the body systems in  many ways and triggers our survival mechanisms, taking the energy away from replacing cells warding off pathogens and generally maintaining health in the body. 

The evidence base for the use of Tapping is building, it's been shown to have an amazing response over a range of conditions.  There have been over 100 trials in 10 countries on many aspects of stress...students are finding it very effective for exam anxiety, panic attacks, depression, decreasing phobias, PTSD and even for chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. 

Tapping has the ability to turn off up to 6 genes responsible for stress.  It down regulates cortisol and is a simple and safe self-help tool.  Scientific research has found it lowers stress levels (cortisol) by 24 - 50% after 60 minutes.  Here is a link to the study:  

7 Keys to Mind~Body & Weight Loss Key#1

EFT research trial for food and weight issues

This video takes a look at the use of Tapping to release food cravings. Also looks at a study where tapping was used to help students with stress and anxiety 

What can I do?

Self Awareness

Try to become more aware of what you are feeling both on an emotional and a physical level.  Learn tapping - it will support you though every aspect of your life.  Taking control of your emotions will give you plenty more energy to do the things you love. 

Be kind to yourself


We all have good days and bad days on our journey through life.  State of mind is one of our most powerful tools in weathering the storms.  Use tapping to help yourself get past the worst of the feelings - to unwind at the end of the day or as an emotional first aid when something particularly difficult has happened.   

Create a new positive cycle - the way we deal with stress and anxiety is a learned response. By reprograming our mind we can take back control and change our habits for new nurturing ones and remember...

 "Success fuels motivation; motivation fuels success." 

Small changes make big things happen


Use positive self talk, spend time in nature to lift your mood and pamper yourself.  Listen to music you love and reach out for help.  

When you break the cycle the first time you are taking action that will cause changes far into the future.  Don't underestimate the power of small changes. Get tapping! 5 - 10 minutes can make a difference.

Life is made up of the details.  

Science Update Tapping & Weight Loss

Evidence based tapping studies

  During the past 10 years over 100 Clinical Research trial have taken place in 10 different countries. When it comes to weight loss tapping has shown significant benefits which improve over time. Whereas with the “normal approach” using diet and exercise have high rates of weight regained. EFT tapping has been shown to work better in the long term. 



 Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has been shown to have a lasting effect on food cravings, power over food and restraint ability, and ultimately results in weight loss.  This paper discusses the approach utilised in a recent food craving clinical treatment trial.


  "There is now evidence that emerging complementary techniques such as EFT tapping can have an immediate and lasting effect on food cravings.  Between 2007-2009 the present authors conducted a randomised clinical trial, which offered a four-week treatment program to 96 overweight and obese participants with severe food cravings.  Progress was assessed at six- and twelve-months after treatment ended.

Statistical analysis showed :  Degree of food craving, perceived power of food, restraint capabilities and psychological symptoms were assessed at pre-EFT, post-EFT and twelve-month follow-up for the collapsed groups. 

Significant improvements occurred in weight, body-mass index, food cravings, subjective power of food, craving restraint and psychological coping for participants from pre- to twelve-months "