Can Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

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Imagine doing meditation postures just to lose weight. But even if you’re calming your mind and conditioning it, it’s not the meditation that will make you lose weight. What meditation does is to remove some causes of weight gain from the mind that can influence unhealthy eating or being impassive to exercise.

Long connected to yoga and Buddhism, as well as eastern healing processes, meditation is now becoming more mainstream and modern. There are even instructional meditation apps available for mobile gadgets for people on the go. Doctors and nutrition experts today recommend meditation as a stress-reducing technique. Other benefits it offers include reduced blood pressure, healthier arteries, and an enhanced sense of well-being and peace of mind. Meditation is also a mind tool for relaxation and self-discovery on the way to efforts to lose weight.

Meditation simply offers a clear foundation for healthier thinking and feeling. When you meditate, all the junk and clutter in your mind come up, you get rid of these. All the negative body images, the desires for unhealthy foods, the un-motivational thoughts, and the emotions attached to lose weight all come surface so you can put them in your mental trash bin and start with a clean slate.

Some meditation how-to’s for beginners:

  • Sit straight and don’t slump. When you slump your thoughts drift.
  • Open your eyes but gaze down and look softly at the floor or ahead. Closed eyes will make your mind wander. Closed eyes are a misconception in meditation.
  • Feel your body and relax. Relax your muscles.
  • Focus and concentrate on your slow and natural breathing.
  • When distracting thoughts happen – and they will – simply tune them out but acknowledge them, and gently focus back on your breathing. You will do this often as a beginner. Even when you have been meditating for a long time, this occurrence will still happen.
  • Start meditating a few minutes daily at first, then increase the time. For example, start with a 1-week 10-minute daily meditation, then increase to 15 minutes in the next week.
  • Once daily is more than enough. With time, meditation will bring an “inner peace and relaxation to the mind.” From that peace we thus, make better decisions.


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