Clinical benefits of Emotional Freedom Techniques on food cravings at 12-months follow-up: A randomized controlled trial

Peta Berenice Stapleton, Terri Sheldon, Brett Porter

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This randomized, single-blind, crossover trial tested whether participants who used Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) maintained reduced food cravings after 12-months and updates previously reported 6 month findings. Ninety-six overweight/obese adults were allocated to a 4-week EFT treatment or waitlist condition. Degree of food craving, perceived power of food, restraint capabilities, and psychological symptoms were assessed pre- and post-test and at 12-month follow-up for collapsed groups. Significant improvements occurred in weight, body mass index, food cravings, subjective power of food, craving restraint, and psychological coping for EFT participants from pre-test to 12 months {p < .05). It appears EFT can result in participants maintaining reduced cravings over time and affect weight and BMI in overweight and obese individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
Journal Energy Psychology: theory, research, practice, training
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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