Meditation Q&A of the day answered by meditation coach Lynne Goldberg: Can Meditation Help With Weight Loss? Today, on the blog (https://www.omgmeditate.com/blog/meditation-for-weight-loss/), Lynne will let you in on how meditation CAN in fact help you out if you’re trying to lose weight.
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So lots of people want to know, can meditation actually help with weight loss? It can, in a couple of ways. First of all, what happens when we’re stressed is that we release cortisol into our blood stream, and cortisol actually increases our appetite. And that’s not a good thing when you’re trying to lose weight! So, when you meditate, what you actually do is you release serotonin and oxytocin – that counterbalances the cortisol. What ends up happening is you’re feeling good, you’re feeling relaxed, and calm. The other thing that happens is – and I don’t know how you feel, but – [if you have] a bad breakup, all of the sudden, you’re reaching for the Ben & Jerry’s. Or you’re sitting there and you’re feeling really anxious and you’re going through an entire bag of potato chips. So one of the questions that we often ask is “Is it habit or is it hunger?” You know, are you eating just because 4 o’clock rolled around – and you’re cueing your body at that time automatically to reach for something? Rr are you fully present with how you’re actually feeling? Well, mindfulness allows us to be there and notice exactly what’s going on. So if we’re feeling bored, then we might try to do something else. We might try to go check out social media. We’ll give ourselves different types of cues so that we’re not going to necessarily use food. The other thing that happens with mindfulness is that we pay attention to how our body is actually feeling. So you start to notice if you’re actually hungry, and then you can choose to continue eating if you’re actually hungry, or you can mindfully decide “Ah, I’ve had enough.” As opposed to that just guzzling [food] down because the plate is full. And there were actually experiments done about this where they had a full plate of food, and people just ate the portion size – just because it was in front of them. So just cueing in to how our body actually feels can really help us with our portion control, so it can be really effective when you’re trying to lose weight!
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