For the estimated third of all Americans who are considered obese, taking action to address weight is critical for maintaining health and preventing potentially deadly diseases. While lots of options exist to help those who are obese shed pounds, some are more invasive than others. As it turns out, something as simple as adding mediation into the routine, can greatly help those on a quest to shed pounds do so.
Mediation doesn’t have to involve sitting on a pillow or striking a pose. It can involve nothing more than taking a few moments out on a busy day to concentrate on deep breathing and releasing stress. For those who struggle with weight, the momentary reprieve can help focus their minds on the goals at hand while building up their resolve to face mealtimes and snack times with grace and willpower.
Here are just a few ways mediation can assist in the quest to lose weight and keep it off:
• Stress reduction – Mediation has been long proven to be an incredible stress buster. By relaxing the mind and the body, this act enables more direct focus of thoughts as stress melts away. Since many people eat inappropriately, sometimes binging, when stress levels are high, meditation is a win here.
• Focus – Mediation can also help laser focus the mind on particular goals or actions. When weight loss is the plan, using mediation to visualize achieving the end goal or mini-goals along the way can help make the necessary actions materialize in reality.
• More careful eating – Mediation can even be used during the act of eating itself. Simply making the conscious choice to set a fork down between bites so food can be savored (and properly chewed) can promote consumption of fewer bites.
Obesity is a serious health concern that can and should be addressed. Mediation can help along the way.