How To Use Tapping To Stop Eating

Many people have difficulty stopping eating, once they start. The mind doesn’t like to take no for an answer. So if you are constantly telling yourself no, you are not only using up your willpower, but you are also reinforcing the problem.

Research has shown that if you tell yourself you can have it later, it operates in the mind a bit like having it now. It satisfies the craving to some degree, and can be more effective at suppressing the appetite than actually having the treat.

It takes willpower to turn down dessert, but apparently it is less stressful on the mind to say “later” than to say “never.” In the long run, you end up wanting less and consuming less. And ultimately, you have to get to the point where you want to eat less, because forcing yourself and depriving yourself will never work.

Negotiate with yourself. This is just being open to the idea or the possibility that even though you are thinking about food (and you can tap for the food thoughts too), or have the urge for something (i.e. you get triggered), doesn’t mean you have to have it right now. That equals less resistance, without fighting yourself or trying to control it.

Tapping Script: Here’s a script that I wrote for my Tapping Summit Workbook:

Use this script for strong urges to eat or difficulty stopping. It’s a way to acknowledge your feelings and offer yourself an alternative.

KC: Even though it feels like I have to have this, I love and accept myself anyway.
KC: Even though I want this _____________, I’m open to the possibility of letting it go for now.
KC: Even though I’m thinking about ________, I could choose to pass it up for now. (You don’t want to be locked in. You always want to feel like you have a choice.)

EB: It feels like I have to have it.
SE: This urge is so strong.
UE: I keep going back to the same old thing.
UN: I’m so mad at myself.
CH: It seems like I’ll never get over this.
CB: I must be getting something out of it.
UA: I keep doing the same thing.
TH: The urge feels so strong.

EB: What if I could interrupt this cycle?
SE: What if I could relax about this?
UE: What if I could do something else instead?
UN: I’m open to the possibility that this could be different.
CH: I’m open to the possibility that this could change.
CB: I may not quite be there yet, but that’s ok…
UA: I’m open to the possibility that I could let this go.
TH: Easily and without struggle.

Take a deep breath.

Rate your intensity on a 0-10 point scale: ____
Continue tapping, if needed.

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Carol Solomon
Psychologist, Master Certified Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner, Dr. Carol Solomon is one of the world’s leading experts in using Emotional Freedom Techniques to help people lose weight without dieting, stop binge eating, and reduce anxiety and stress. She is the author of 4 Books on Emotional Freedom Techniques, the EFT Tips Newsletter, the Binge Eating Teleseminar and the EFT Weight Loss CD. Carol has a thriving coaching practice and is passionate about helping others succeed.
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3 thoughts on “How To Use Tapping To Stop Eating

  1. Carol, thank you so much for this. I work with food and am constantly eating in work, though my diet is healthy outside of it. I’ve been doing EFT with some success here and there with it – I’m certainly better than I used to be – but I’ll be printing out this and using it tomorrow as it’s an angle I hadn’t thought of myself. Thanks again.

  2. I am wondering if you could apply this text to someone who has an
    addiction to alcohol ? If you substitute the word “alcohol” in the blanks
    would it be appropriate to apply tapping. In this instance, it is quite
    a strong addiction which controls the person’s life to the point of
    destroying relationships with his family, financial ruin and serious health
    issues. I know tapping is powerful, I just wondered if you feel this
    could do no harm basically – and lessen the anxiety around alcohol. I
    do think the brain is wired differently when someone has been abusing
    alcohol for some time (in this case) and did not want to add to their cravings
    by “giving them permission” to drink but later ! My feeling is this could be
    helpful. Would appreciate your comments. Thank you.

    • Carol,

      I agree that the brain is changed when someone has been abusing alcohol for some time. And I also feel that tapping can help, no matter what the substance/behavior is that one is addicted to.

      When you think about it, all addictions work the same way. It starts with some kind of stress or perceived stress that causes anxiety. It can simply be a thought that disrupts the energy system and causes an emotional response. The irresistible urge for that substance is primarily caused by 1 thing – anxiety. I am using anxiety in a very broad way – you could label it as other emotions as well. But most people have some level of anxiety going on most of the time.

      Even if you aren’t fully aware of the source of the anxiety, most people reach for food, or whatever it is, to calm themselves (to relieve the anxiety.) Whether it is alcohol, drugs, work. or comfort food, the substance or behavior will mask the anxiety, soothe it and make it seem to go away. But it really doesn’t. It’s just hidden.

      The research that shows that telling yourself you can have it later should apply to alcohol or any addiction as much as food. It’s consistent with the AA term “One day at a time…” It’s easier to say “later” than to say “never.”

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