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Meditation for Weight Loss

Can we possibly lose weight through meditation? There is plenty of research out there that says losing weight is more than our exercising and eating habits. That being said, don't expect the number on the scale decrease if you continue eating foods like potato chips and donuts on a regular basis. You will need to incorporate better habits into your daily life, and meditation should be one of them - it will help on your weight loss journey. Meditation should be viewed as one technique in a larger weight-loss arsenal. Diet and exercise are also vital components of the equation, and you'll always get the best results when you combine all three into a lifestyle that you can maintain over time.

If you are anything like me, weight loss seems to be a never ending battle. Growing older - the aches and pains that come with the aging process, the lack of energy and time, and now the pandemic, are all factors to the extra 10-pound weight gain this past year. You've tried it all; diet pills, weight loss shakes to replace breakfast and lunch or dinner, the new fad in exercise equipment that now sits in a dark corner collecting dust, you even resorted to trying tofu and bean sprouts prepared 20 different ways, but yet, the scale just hasn't moved in your favor. Well, it's now time to incorporate meditation into your new healthy lifestyle.

How does meditation help weight loss? Meditation connects the mind and body, allowing us to acquire a sense of calm and reduce stress. Through different methods of meditating, you can gain a better understanding of yourself and your eating habits. Meditation will not help you lose weight quickly. However, with a little practice, it has the ability to have long-term benefits on both your weight and your cognitive habits. We become more mindful eaters and address lingering emotional eating difficulties.

5 ways meditation can help you maintain healthy eating & weight loss

  • Reduces stress and inflammation. Cortisol is linked to fat storage in the belly, and high C-reactive protein levels are an indication of inflammation, which is linked to a variety of disorders, including obesity. Meditation lowers cortisol and C-reactive protein levels.

  • Decreases anxiety. It takes a lot of effort to lose weight, and maintaining that weight loss can be unpleasant, even anxiety-inducing. Thirty days of daily meditation utilizing mindful meditation techniques reduces stress by a third.

  • Aids in sleeping. Sleep deprivation may be a factor in your weight reduction struggles. Getting enough sleep is essential for good health, but not getting enough sleep might ruin your weight loss efforts. Daily meditation can balance your circadian rhythms and allowing you to get some restful sleep. Melatonin, a hormone that regulates your internal clock and decides when you fall asleep, is increased by meditation.

  • Cravings are better controlled. Daily meditation increases your awareness and attention, allowing you to live in the present moment. It can be difficult to battle intense food cravings if you suffer from emotional or binge eating. Mindfulness meditation has been shown in studies to help us reduce emotional and binge eating.

  • Maintain long-term weight loss and a healthy weight. Meditation can assist you in maintaining your weight loss efforts. While food and exercise can help you lose weight, combining meditation with a good diet and exercise routine makes weight reduction attempts more lasting.

If you want to utilize meditation to reduce weight, seek for guided meditations that have weight loss as their focus. There are many recordings, podcasts, websites, and phone applications available that connect you with specialists who coach you through meditation exercises until you feel confident doing them on your own. You will most likely be asked to imagine several things including how you might look and feel after losing weight, what you would do to lose weight and keep it off, and how you could incorporate these habits into your daily life.

There are a few key notes to consider when incorporating meditation into your weight loss program:

  1. Do not obsess about your weight. Surprisingly, meditation works best when we stop focusing on our weight, and instead look at the bigger picture and where our daily habits need to change for a better balanced life.

  2. Be consistent. To truly reap the rewards, practice meditation every day. Just like doing sit-ups once a month won't do much for your abs, sporadic meditation exercises won't change your way of thinking on a deeper level. Consistency is key.

  3. Be patient. Similar to exercise, changes in behavior won't happen overnight. However, the more time you spend meditating, the more you will notice how it affects the rest of your life.

Remember that weight loss meditation will not help you lose weight until you adjust your food and exercise routine. When it comes to losing weight, the bottom line is to create a calorie deficit. A mindful awareness program, on the other hand, is likely to make the process easier and may even help you keep the weight off for good.

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