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Can Mindful Eating Help Weight Loss?

Can Mindful Eating Help Weight Loss?

Mindfulness is a huge contributor to weight management, even more than the type of food people eat. If you have ever sat in front of the television with a bag of chips to find, at the end of the night, you can’t remember finishing it, that is not mindful eating. In fact, it can lead to weight gain over time and is associated with additional health risks. Learn some ways to practice more mindful eating every day, meal by meal, to keep yourself feeling healthy.

Obesity Rates Rising

Current rates of obesity are on the rise in America, across age ranges and demographics. Mindful eating is the practice of thinking more about what you eat and how you eat. Awareness of eating, hunger, satiety, purposeful selection of food, portion control, and other things can help determine how mindful eating habits develop. When you are aware of what and how you eat, you are more likely to be able to control eating habits over time. People tend to eat out of habit, rather than hunger. Mindless snacking can lead to obesity, especially when you are constantly bombarded with advertisements which trigger hunger online, on television, and on our phones.

How to Eat Mindfully

Mindful eating can support weight loss because when you eat with awareness of what is going on in your body, you start to focus on the present moment, rather than what feels good. Emotional eating can be triggered by many things, but mindful eating can help you practice eating to fulfill hunger, not an emotional trigger. Other things that can help you eat more mindfully include:

  • Paying attention to your eating habits
  • Tracking eating habits on paper or on an app
  • Being aware of consumption habits during the day with accountability partner
  • Writing down lists to shop from rather than buying from impulse
  • Cook meals rather than buy from restaurants
  • Eat at a table, not in the car

Mindful eating can be a powerful tool in supporting better health and weight loss. Eating healthy is not just finding the right foods or diet plan, it is about eating smart, moving more, and finding ways to maintain a healthy balance. You can eat healthy food but still gain weight if you are snacking or not being conscious of food choices and habits. Focus on ways you can eat at a table and less in the car. Drive-thru food culture teaches us to eat fast, not well. When you can cook and prepare your own meals, you know what goes into the food and can avoid some of the sugars and carbs which go into many prepared meals from restaurants. Another way to be more mindful of eating habits is to look for sustainable practices of eating healthy like eating without television or distraction and making smaller portions. These tips can help you be more focused on mindful eating while developing better overall eating habits for the long haul.

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