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Mindfulness for weight loss
May 18, 2016
An article was published in the New York Times last week titled "Why You Can't Lose Weight on a Diet." The article discusses the struggles of weight loss and regain among dieters. The author, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, says we can blame the brain's weight-regulation system for this vicious cycle. She explains that the body has a certain set weight it likes to maintain. Once you fall significantly below that, your body will fight hard to get you back to that set point, mainly through hormonal changes which promote weight gain. Additionally, simply the stress of dieting may lead to weight gain because it causes the release of stress hormones and also makes you more prone to binge eating, especially when emotional triggers are present.
To sum it up, weight loss is hard. A lot harder than eating less and exercising more. So what does this article propose as a solution? Practice mindfulness. Mindful eating involves getting in touch with your body and listening to hunger and satiety cues. If you're hungry, eat. Don't worry if that will put your over 50 calories for the day. But on the flip side, when you feel full, stop eating. And by full we don't mean stuffed like after Thanksgiving dinner. We mean your hunger cues have subsided and you feel satisfied. It takes about 15 minutes for the signals to travel from your stomach to your brain so eat slowly and wait 15 minutes before going for seconds. Practice some deep breathing exercises before you eat and after your finished to get in tune with your body and mind. Limit distractions while eating and focus on the delicious food in front of you. You will be happy and healthier if you take the stress out of dieting and stop fighting your body. So eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full and don't stress so much about counting calories.
You can read the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/opinion/sunday/why-you-cant-lose-weight-on-a-diet.html?_r=0
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