• How Meditation Can Help You Lose Weight

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    It's a well known fact that we're huge devotees of Meditation. It helps us rest, De-stress, battle irritation, and concentrate. One of meditation profits is its impact on our longings for food.

    The Next Time You Reach for that Doughnut Try This Weight Loss Secret Weapon

    Have you spent one too many days trying to lose weight? Do you wake up each morning vowing not to eat as much as you did yesterday? Does the thought of exercising more make you drag your feet? No matter how many times you promise yourself that today will be different, the sad truth is that losing weight for many people seems out of reach.

    You may have tried every last fad diet out there — all to no avail.

    mediateHave you considered meditation to help you lose weight?

    Not many people realize that meditation can be a weight loss *secret weapon*.

    Experts believe that when you are under stress your body produces more of the hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol may contribute to weight gain, especially making it hard to lose belly fat. Stress also triggers your sympathetic nervous system to go into overdrive. Researchers believe that chronic stress may contribute to obesity by causing people to eat more.

    Anxiety, fatigue, and depression can increase your heart rate, disrupt your digestion, and cause you to secret more cortisol. Unfortunately many people seek relief by consuming more food. The link between food and mood is well established.

    Only 15 Minutes of Meditation a Day Can Help You Manage Your Weight

    It doesn’t take long to retrain your brain to respond differently to stress. When you meditate for 15 minutes a day for two weeks, you start to notice yourself respond differently to stress. When you meditate for 15 minute a day for six months, you create new neural pathways in your brain.

    Simple Meditation Techniques to Whittle Your Waistline

    1. Appreciate the Moment

    During meditation allow yourself to be in the moment. Savor the here and now. Likewise when you sit down to eat, notice the food you are eating. What is the texture like? How is the flavor? Savor each bite. Notice if you are truly hungry, or if you are fulfilling an unmet need. So many times eating is mindless.

    2. Breathe Deeply

    Throughout the day give yourself several long deep breaths. Breathing deeply naturally calms your mind and body. Not getting enough oxygen increases stress levels. When you give yourself a long deep breath it’s like an energy cocktail for your mind, body and soul. The next time you are hungry, take a long slow breath. This may be all you need to curb your appetite.

    When you meditate you are able to make better choices about your life, including how much food you eat. By meditating consistently you may discover you have all you need within yourself to put that doughnut down.

    You become your own *secret weapon*.

    This is a guest post written by Mary Meckley, a meditation teacher who offers a free Meditate to Lose Weight Series at SipandOm.com.

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