The Power of Meditation for Weight Loss
If you’ve tried every diet there is, and you’re still struggling to keep the kilos off, you might want to try meditation for weight loss. Not sure if it’s for you? Read on.
What is Meditation?
When you hear the word “meditation,” you’d probably picture someone sitting in a cross-legged position chanting “om”. But actually, meditation isn’t limited to that. You can meditate sitting, lying down, or even riding on a train home from work (just don’t drift off and miss your stop).
Anytime you have that mind-body connection to focus and become more aware of the present moment, that’s meditation. During meditation, you become more focused and relaxed as you observe your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.
Meditation is a tool to develop mindfulness—bringing attention to what is. When we pay more attention to what’s happening inside and around us, it can help reduce stress, make us sleep better, and boost our physical and emotional well-being.
Research has shown that meditation helps in managing chronic pain, boosts immunity, and decreases inflammation, among other health benefits.
Now, how can it help you lose weight?
How to Use Meditation for Weight Loss
Unlike your average fitness program or fad diets, which focus on the calories and the physical body, meditation offers a more holistic approach. Meditation supports your psychological, spiritual, and emotional health as well.
Plus, studies show that meditation is effective in weight loss. A 2017 study showed that meditation-based interventions were moderately effective in weight loss and very effective in avoiding eating behaviors that lead to obesity. Interestingly, an earlier 2014 study showed that meditating by yourself or with a group can lead to weight loss.
Here are some ways meditation can help you shed those pounds:
Meditation reduces stress
Stress plays a significant role in weight gain since it can cause overeating and a lack of motivation for physical activity. The hormone cortisol, which can boost hunger and make us yearn for high-calorie, high-fat foods, is released by our body when we are stressed.
Meditating regularly can lower your stress as well as your cortisol level. As a result, it would be easier to maintain a healthy diet and have fewer cravings for junk food.
Meditation encourages mindfulness
Aside from lowering stress, meditation can help you become more mindful. Mindfulness means immersing yourself in the present moment without judgment or distractions.
When you meditate consistently, you can be more aware of your body’s hunger and satiety cues. In turn, you can avoid overeating and select foods that are better for you. You can become more conscious of your emotions and how they influence your eating behaviors by engaging in mindfulness practices.
As a result, you can make more thoughtful food choices and avoid emotional eating.
Meditation can improve sleep.
Sleep has a crucial role in weight loss because it helps our bodies heal and rejuvenate.
Our bodies create more ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, and less leptin, a hormone that alerts us to fullness when we don’t get enough sleep. So, we eat too much and put on weight.
Meditating before bed can help us sleep better. As a result, we feel more rested and awake when we wake up and be less prone to overeat.
Wellness Technology For Meditation
If you need some help getting away from your busy life to meditate in peace, we have modern wellness technologies at Everybody in Mind Wellness Center that can help.
Somadome Meditation Pod
Ever wished you had your own personal cocoon to meditate in? Well, try our Somadome meditation pod. It has color therapy for improved focus, binaural beats to boost memory, and microcrystalline tiles for calm and comfort.
Ajna Light Meditation
This wellness technology uses flickering lights at different frequencies to make you feel deeply relaxed. Besides feeling relaxed, it may help boost your creativity and strengthen your intuition.
Crystal Bed Therapy
This is one of our most popular treatments using the Quantum Resonance 7 Chakra Crystal Bed. It uses a combination of light, sound, crystals, scalar energy, and your intention to lower your stress level and make you feel calmer. Another incredible way to take advantage of this technology and achieve better alignment and health, is to check out EveryBody in Mind Wellness Center in Sudbury’s signature offering, Crystal Bed Reiki! Book your Crystal Bed Reiki Session today!
This innovative device helps your brain become more relaxed and focused by syncing it with light and sound technology.
So, if you want a more holistic approach to health and wellness, you can check our service page here.