“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.” – Buddha
Meditation is a powerful tool for life in general and when applied to weight loss has several benefits. It helps you overcome sabotaging psychological triggers like anxiety, stress and depression that lead to overeating. Meditation also helps reduce the body’s response to stress which reduces the stress hormones that promote weight gain (especially around the belly area). Meditation increases your natural supply of wellbeing hormones such as serotonin, which actually make you feel more satiated and reduces the desire to over indulge.
After over a decade of dieting and falling off the wagon and saying to hell with the wagon all together, I figured out the not so secret and found success in weight loss through mindfulness. Personally, meditation keeps me grounded in positivity, helps focus my mind and keeps me balanced. Through meditation I get a chance to refocus and I am reminded that I am strong, in control and capable of making the right choices for my highest happiness and wellbeing.
The weight loss industry caps over $20 billion annually. Yet 69% of Americans are overweight or obese. Clearly, the problem is beyond simply “knowing what to do.” The gap is in doing it. Closing this gap is the most important task for sustainable weight loss. Understanding what’s going on mentally and emotionally when it comes to what, when and how I eat has contributed exponentially to my weight loss success. A great way to build mindfulness is through regular meditation.
TRY IT: If you’re new to meditation and the idea of quieting your mind is, well, mind-boggleing, check out one of these guided meditations from Jamie Zimmerman, a contributing writer for Sonima << a pretty cool wellness site I recently started following.