Meditation to help you focus on your weight

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In addition to interventions you're probably already familiar with, like changes to your diet and exercise regimen, meditation is a powerful ally in your weight loss process. Meditation switches your body's operating instructions from the usual sympathetic "fight or flight" mode, into the parasympathetic "rest and digest" mode. When we are in "fight or flight" mode, which is most of the time in our modern lives, we are constantly producing too much of the hormones that tell our bodies to eat more (to replace the calories we lost in the fight or flight), resulting in a hormonal cascade that has even been linked all the way with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and obesity. Meditation turns off the stress program and eases you into the "rest and digest" mode, which will balance out all of those hormones, turn off the hunger signals, and allow you to fully digest your meals.

What You'll Need

  • Chair
  • 10-30 minutes per day

What You'll Do

  • If you have never learned meditation before, try any of the following: Google meditation classes in your area; download the Headspace app for guided instruction; or read Jon Gabriel's book, Visualization for Weight Loss.
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LizW says...
Meditation has definitely helped me be more mindful when eating.

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