Does mediation actually help you lose weight? Let’s find out.
When we think about weight loss, the first two things that pop up inside our heads are diet and exercise, which is fine. However, research shows that mindfulness is a useful way of managing your appetite, and fostering healthy workout routines. A good way of being mindful is through meditation. To begin with, start breathing slow, and slowly allow your body sensations, and determine your hunger cues.
Here are four easy ways meditation can be used for weight loss.
Meditation Reduces Stress
Not only regular meditation calms you down but it also reduces the effects of stress on your body. Life is a great balancing act the makes you manage work, family, social relationships and a never-ending spiral of responsibilities. Amidst life’s rich tapestry, it isn’t unusual for us humans to feel stressed. When we are faced with trouble, our brain produces the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol tends to mess up our insulin and blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that meditation helps us relax, reduces the level of cortisol and also aligns our nervous system. Even if you can breathe deeply for a few minutes at stretch, you will experience a sudden decline in your cortisol level.
It Helps You Focus
Oftentimes, when people meditate, they have a specific goal in mind. One of the many goals people have when mediating could be to lose weight. By backing your meditative efforts with weight loss, you are in a way exposing the goal to the entire universe. Unintentionally, your subconscious is aware that you are trying to shed away that belly flab of yours. Even if you are done meditating, the intent to lose weight and being slim will stay with you, and shape your intentions accordingly. It seems strange, but meditating to lose weight can take over your brain, and make you avoid any distractions that stand between you and your goal to look slim.
It Makes Your Eat Consciously
Mediating regularly enhances the level of your mindfulness and awareness. As a result, you get to focus on your present and live your life to the fullest. To you, it might seem a little subjective, but in reality, it isn’t. As discussed, mediation makes you self-aware and helps you think a million times before you succumb to your impulsiveness. So the next time you are compelled to order a super cheesy beef burger, you will order a green salad instead. Not only will this help you get in shape, but you will find yourself more able to appreciate the taste and texture of simpler foods.
Helps You Sleep Peacefully
One of the many reasons we put on weight is because we aren’t able to sleep peacefully. Having adequate sleep is key to having good health, and the inability to sleep minimizes your chances of losing weight. First of all, insomnia spikes your level of cortisol, and you continue to gain weight. Simultaneously, the hormone called ghrelin is also activated, and it makes you feel hungry. Luckily, meditation increases the levels of melatonin in your body which is the hormone that regulates sleep.
Meditation offers an all in one health package, which helps you calm down, sleep well, eat healthily and lose weight. So start meditating mindfully today.