DHR Bariatric and Metabolic Institute | 5 Ways of Using Mindfulness for Amazing Weight Loss Success
Provided by DHR Bariatric and Metabolic Institute
Successful weight loss doesnt need to be all about complicated, unrealistic diet plans. You dont need to spend all your time counting calories while depriving yourself of your favorite treats.
Your brain is a powerful ally in your fight to lose weight. Using these five simple mindfulness techniques can give your slimming effort an amazing boost, no matter which particular diet plan you follow.
1) Get into Grazing
Eating small amounts regularly is far more natural and healthy than tackling one or two large meals a day. Whats more, its an effective way of combining mindfulness with weight loss.
When you graze on healthy food throughout the day, youll never build up the powerful hunger that feels overwhelming. When you next eat, you can focus on every mouthful, taking your time. You can explore the tastes and textures without that urgent need to fill your stomach.
This means that over the day, youll consume fewer calories while taking more enjoyment from the food you eat.
2) Discard Distractions
Another way of focusing more fully on your food is to eat in peace and quiet, without the distractions of TV or your smartphone. Concentrate on chewing each mouthful properly, rather than getting through your meal almost without noticing.
This means youll feel fuller quicker, and will tend to stop eating when youve had enough, not just when the plate is cleared.
3) Use Small Plates
Small plates are fashionable in restaurants just now, but they can also be a dependable friend for dieters. If you consume the same amount of food on a small plate, your brain will be tricked into thinking youve eaten more than if you used a larger bowl.
Youll be less tempted to go for a second portion, and youll feel the satisfaction of eating a full plateful with far fewer calories
This psychological effect is scientifically proven, and over the days and weeks, the drop in your food intake can be surprising.
4) Understand Your Hunger
When you feel hungry, stop for a moment and think about what your bodys saying. What you assume is hunger could, in fact, be thirst, boredom, stress or anxiety. Dont automatically reach for a snack until youve fully explored what your temptation to eat really means.
5) Understand Your Body
Lastly, when youre eating, try and concentrate on how the food makes you feel. Do certain dishes make you feel sluggish and bloated? Do others give you a spark of energy?
Your body will tell you what you need to be eating, if you listen to it carefully. And by doing this, youll nearly always eat healthier, less fatty food than if you go by habit alone.
Of course, no dieting tactic removes the need to eat a little less and exercise a little more. But using mindfulness to be more in tune with your body and food will make your chosen plan easier, more effective, and more enjoyable to stick to.