Sunday, September 11, 2016

Meditation for Weight Loss

meditation for weight loss
By Faye Martins

Meditation for weigh loss - Does it really work? Anyone who knows anything about weight loss understands that it is not just a physical challenge. You don’t just have to count calories and exercise, but you also have to make sure that your mind is in the right place.

For the purpose of making sure that your mindset is optimized, few things come close to the heightened level of concentration when you meditate. You can take all of those distracting thoughts that ruin your dieting discipline and put them into a box where they cannot interrupt your progress.

Anti-stress hormones

Beyond all of the other things that could potentially throw your weight loss off-course, stressful thoughts are near the top of the list. A stressful day can put you in a state of mind where you stop prioritizing about health and eat to dull the mental pain, but meditation can you help you avoid this pitfall.

Help your diet survive the hardest days

Even the most disciplined and determined people can suddenly be thrown off track by a bad day that leads them to their cravings. Meditation isn't just a one-time fix. After meditating consistently, your natural state of mind can be more resilient against stress than before.

After meditating becomes part of the fabric of your life, you will not be at the mercy of a loss of conviction or craving attacks. Anyone can lose weight when they feel their best, but meditation will help them resist those temptations when they are not feeling at their best.

Preserve your progress

Meditation alone will not literally make the fat burn off, but it will be an important factor in making sure that unnecessary weight is not piled on. After all, the true objective of weight loss campaign isn’t just to lose the weight, but to keep it off. Meditation will ensure that you are able to actually keep the progress that you make after a long-fought battle.

Even people who have managed to be healthy for the majority of their lives can run into problematic periods when their health out of balance. Unseen challenges and sudden tragedies can remove a person’s resilience to a drop in self-control that happens in an extremely stressful situation. With meditation, you will have an all-purpose aide for stress-induced overeating in the moment where it's most tempting to slip.

Resources

Mindfulness meditation as an intervention for binge eating, emotional eating, and weight loss: A systematic review
                        Shawn N. Kattermana, Brighid M. Kleinmanb, Megan M. Hooda, Lisa M. Nackersa, Joyce A. Corsicaa, ,
                        a Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, United States
                        b Department of Behavioral Sciences, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY, United States


An Exploratory Study of a Meditation-based Intervention for Binge Eating Disorder
                        Jean L. Kristeller
                                    Department of Psychology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
                        C. Brendan Hallett
                        Project Reality, Salt Lake City, Utah


Exploratory randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women
                        Katy Tappera, , , Christine Shawb, Joanne Ilsleyc, Andrew J. Hilld, Frank W. Bonde, Laurence Moorec
                        a Department of Psychology, Swansea University, United Kingdom
                        b Department of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
                        c Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
                        d Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Leeds University, United Kingdom
                        e Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom

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