Today’s blog post is all about mind, body, and spirit. This is not to say that meditating once a day will magically shed the 10 pounds you’ve been trying to lose, but it may help in having a healthier eating habits, due to meditations effects on stress, sleep, focus, and many other factors that effect our daily lives. We all have learned that crash dieting does not always work the way we want it to, and a study has shown that mindfulness interventions are more effective in weight loss than diets. It is about a life change, not a “for now” change, and meditating can be the outlet to get you on track.
According to Headspace, here are some way meditation can help you lose weight:
“5 ways meditation can help promote a healthy relationship with eating
Meditation can help us become more mindful eaters and even address any emotional eating issues that might persist.
1. Remove the shame and guilt. For those who struggle with emotional eating, feeling stressed can lead to overeating to soothe or avoid these feelings. This can lead to guilt or shame. Break the cycle. Meditation not only helps reduce stress, which removes the trigger in the first place, but it also helps you become more aware of your emotions and feelings, so you can recognize those times when you’re eating when stressed versus when you’re actually hungry. Meditation has also been shown to increase our compassion, which may cause us to become more accepting of other people who may have different body types from our own.
2. Maintain weight loss and a healthy weight for the long haul. Meditation can help your weight loss efforts stick. While diet and exercise may help you reach your weight loss goals, meditation alongside healthy eating and exercise makes weight loss efforts sustainable.
3. Lower stress and inflammation levels. Meditation reduces cortisol and C-reactive protein levels, which is beneficial to our overall health and may help us achieve weight loss and maintain a healthy weight. Cortisol is associated with storing fat in our abdomen area (belly fat), and elevated C-reactive protein levels can be a sign of inflammation, which is at the root of many diseases including obesity.
4. Better control of cravings. If you struggle with emotional or binge eating, it can be tough to fight those intense food cravings. Research shows that mindfulness meditation can help us control emotional and binge eating.
5. Decrease our stress and anxiety. Losing weight takes a lot of effort, and keeping the weight off can be stressful, even leading to feelings of anxiety. “