Monday, 25 April 2016

why meditation is important for weight loss

meditation is a practice from hundreds of years ago and has many benefits

among them are mindfulness,calmness,clarity and focus. today i just want to focus on using it as a tool for weightloss

“How to Meditate

There are many ways to meditate. The CDC says that most types of meditation have these four things in common:

  • A quiet location. You can choose where to meditate — your favorite chair? On a walk? It’s up to you.
  • A specific comfortable posture, such as sitting, lying down, standing, or walking.
  • A focus of attention. You can focus on a word or phrase, your breath, or something else.
  • An open attitude. It’s normal to have other thoughts while you meditate. Try not to get too interested in those thoughts. Keep bringing your attention back to your breath, phrase, or whatever else it is you’re focusing on.

Pick the place, time, and method that you want to try. You can also take a class to learn the basics.”

how can it help you to lose weight?

First of all, meditation can make us more aware of, and even reduce, negative emotions, which cause much of our over-eating to begin with. It actually helps us to combat stress and become more aware of our thoughts, feelings and emotions, moment to moment. When we’re stressed, our body releases stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol. Cortisol actually stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy and it may actually increase appetite. Meditation can be an antidote. While you meditate you release hormones like oxytocin, the “love” hormone and serotonin the “feel good” hormone.

Secondly, meditation makes us more mindful and attentive to whatever we’re doing, including eating.  We become more aware of our eating habits. We eat a bit slower, and we enjoy what we’re eating. Rather than mindlessly working our way through that bag of potato chips, we become more conscious of the impulses that drive us to eat and overeat. So rather than just being tossed around by our emotions, we become the captain of our own ship.”


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