Can Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

Updated: Aug 6, 2018


Meditative practices can promote healthy weight-loss when paired with the proper diet and exercise program. We suggest meditating for ten minutes a day, first thing in the morning to receive the best benefits. A study conducted at the “The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education” at Stanford School of Medicine found that after 9-weeks of daily meditation the participants had increased mindfulness and emotional regulation, as well as decreased anxiety and stress. During a weight loss diet, it is important to be aware of all foods that are being consumed to assist in changing and regulating unhealthy eating habits. Improved mindfulness can help the individual become more aware of what they are eating and decreases the likelihood that they will make poor food choices. Aside from diet, high-stress levels in the body also make weight-loss more difficult to achieve. Stanford researchers indicated that meditation reduces generalized worry and may enhance more positive coping reappraisals. Although all weight-loss diets have their ups and downs, through regular meditative practice one can achieve greater self-control and be better equipped to handle the stress of making lifestyle changes.


Here is a link to the Stanford study we mentioned:

http://ccare.stanford.edu/article/jazaieri-h-mcgonigal-k-jinpa-t-doty-j-r-gross-j-j-golden-p-r-2013



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