Control Your Weight With Meditation
Mindful meditation may be helpful for controlling weight gain and maintaining weight loss, according to a new scientific review conducted by researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The researchers discovered that the simple technique of mindfulness is “largely effective” for weight control and provided long-term results.
Researchers analyzed 19 studies focusing on mindfulness and its relevance to diet and weight loss. The studies involved 1,160 participants and were conducted over the past 10 years. Three techniques were evaluated: formal meditation, casual mindfulness focusing on eating habits, and a combination of meditation and mindfulness strategies.
Compared with weight-loss regimens based on dietary changes and exercise alone, mindfulness produced better results long term, according to researchers. Those who practiced mindfulness initially lost 3.3 percent of body weight on average, while those who dieted and exercised alone lost an average of 4.7 percent. However, mindfulness techniques produced continued, steady weight loss while diet and exercise alone resulted in weight loss plateaus and weight re-gain.