Mindful Dieting – How Meditation Can Benefit Weight Loss

by DietPill.us Editor on January 17, 2019

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Did you know that beyond dieting, exercising and taking weight management aids to help you achieve your weight loss goal, meditation may also prove beneficial?

As you may know, meditation is a practice that helps to link the mind and body to achieve a sense of clam. Many people engage in meditation practices to decrease stress and to become more in touch with their thoughts.

While meditation certainly won’t lead to magical weight loss overnight or even rapid weight loss, by incorporating it into your lifestyle, it has the potential to provide long-term benefits in regard to both your weight and your thought patterns.

There is more than one type of meditation and research has found that mindfulness meditation seems to be the most beneficial for weight loss. A 2017 review of mindfulness-based interventions for weight loss that analyzed existing studies, found that mindfulness meditation was an effective method for losing weight as well as changing eating habits.

This particular type of meditation places special focus on where you are, what you’re doing, and how you’re feeling in the present moment.

As you engage in mindfulness meditation you are to acknowledge each one of these aspects without judgement. Your objective is to treat your actions and thoughts as exactly what they are and nothing more. Pay attention to what you are feeling and doing, but do not classify anything that you may be feeling or doing as being good or bad. Over time, this style of meditation becomes easier as you grow accustomed to it.

According to the 2017 review, those who practice mindfulness are more likely to keep off the weight they lose, compared to those who simply engage in lifestyle change programs.

Among the many benefits that mindfulness meditation can offer is helping to curb emotional and stress-related eating. An increased awareness of your thoughts and emotions can help you better recognize those times when you eat because you are feeling stressed and not because you are hungry. This meditation can also help prevent you from spiraling into harmful feelings that can derail your weight loss efforts, such as shame and guilt, by encouraging you to forgive yourself when you make mistakes with your diet.

To engage in mindfulness meditation, you don’t require any expensive equipment, nor do you need to go to a special location. All you require is a quiet place and the right meditation technique that works for you.

The best place to look for free guided meditations is online. Don’t be afraid to try different guided mindfulness meditations until you find the one(s) you like and remember to avoid any of those that promise you overnight results or that offer hypnosis.

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