Meditation Benefits

Meditation for Effective Weight Loss: How True?

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“Any way to become more mindful will guide that process” – Adam Perlman, MD. Executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine

If this article caught your attention, thinking that meditation would be similar to your weight loss pills – then you better think again. There is no certainty that meditation would directly trim down fatty deposits from your body; the scarcity of research topics about this matter proves it enough. Some of its marvels include the regulation of blood pressure and management of stress. Through meditation, you become more aware of your thoughts, actions, and body, eventually leading to awareness of what you are eating.

An example of a research review showed the wonders of meditation on people with problems in binge eating, as well as emotional eating.

Here are 4 of the basic steps according to CDC, that’ll help you get started on your session in a jiffy:

1)      Quiet location – set criteria for the location that you are going to use for your meditation; is the place comfortable enough for you? Is the place far enough from distractions? It’s up to you.

2)      A specific comfortable posture – sitting, lying down, standing, or even walking!

3)      A focus of attention – choose something that you want to focus your attention on. May it be your breathing patterns, a word or phrase, it depends.

4)      An open attitude – understand that it’s normal for you to lose focus from time to time while you meditate. That doesn’t mean you’re not ready or the session is not effective enough. Just keep in mind that once you lose focus, remember to drive your attention back to that particular thing you are converging on.

It’s not easy for beginners to hurdle in to meditation because of the need to lose weight, but there’s no harm in trying, right? Immerse yourself into it, and for a while forget about your expectations. Besides, getting into meditation would still benefit you and your emotional well-being, since it requires a commitment to stop and look within yourself, as well as those around you, even for a few moments, according to Geneen Roth, author of the New York Times best-seller Women Food and God.

Through the practice of proper meditation, sooner or later you will be able to take charge of your body, controlling stories that run through your mind such as “I need to eat a bag of chips right now,” or “those cookies would be really great after my exercise” are no challenge for you to control anymore.

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