When it comes to weight loss or managing our weight, it is vital to recognize the importance of the mind-body connection. Life in today’s society can be very overwhelming and stressful and may literally be weighing us down.
Although we are all unique, one thing majority of us have in common is overeating when we are stressed. If this is a feeling or behaviour you relate to, then this is the article for you.
Lucky for us, there are specific practices and techniques such as meditation, mindful eating and intuitive eating, which can help us re-establish a healthy relationship with food. Meditation refers to the action or practice of meditating, which involves focusing one’s thoughts and finding an inner balance.
Mindful eating uses the act of mindfulness, or being present, to help overcome eating problems in our increasingly busy lives. Intuitive eating is an eating style that promotes a healthy attitude toward food and body image.
When looking at meditation for weight loss or meditation for eating and working toward developing a healthy relationship with food, it can help to understand what the specific terminology means.
So now begs the question, how can meditations help us manage our weight? Well, just as meditation can help us with stress, sleeping, focus and much more, it can also have an impact on our relationship with eating and managing weight over a period of time.
When it comes to weight loss, we usually think about going to the gym or eating a salad over a burger. However what we tend to forget is that weight loss is not only physical, it is not simply black and white.
As humans we are emotional beings, and acknowledging that fact is helpful in developing a healthier relationship with food, which can lead to losing body fat or maintaining whatever weight is healthiest for our bodies.
Success stories from those on a weight loss journey give credit to meditation as they found they kept the weight off due to inner work. They’re ready to confront their thoughts, feelings, love for self and how they perceive themselves. They’re willing to dig up emotional triggers and past traumas that have manifested into an unhealthy weight and/or their relationship with food.
Sitting quietly allows them to sift through their thoughts, challenge their limiting beliefs and raise their standards of what they want for their mind and body.
Sitting quietly and focusing on your thoughts allows yourself to ask yourself questions about your health and the habits that hinder or promote it.
In meditation, you can get to the truth of why you consistently skip your morning workout and grab fast food each night on the way home. You can explore your motivations for weight loss and why you haven’t accomplished your goals yet. The possibilities are endless.
Meditation also lowers our stress levels, which in itself aids weight loss due to cortisol. Please review previous articles for in depth discussions on stress and weight loss.
So my beautiful people, grab a yoga mat, find a quiet place and get your zen on. You can thank us later.