Want to lose weight? Here's how mindfulness techniques can help

Mindfulness is a mind-body practice where individuals learn to achieve heightened awareness of their current state of mind and immediate environment in the present moment.

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Want to lose weight? Here's how mindfulness techniques can help Want to lose weight? Here's how mindfulness techniques can help

According to the World Health Organisation, obesity worldwide has nearly tripled since 1975; obesity is a burning issue in 2016 more than 1.9 billion adults worldwide met the criteria for overweight or obesity.

Most people have a goal of shedding weight. The combination of today’s environment is really making it hard to shed pounds.

Do you think that eating less and working more will help you in shedding weight? Then you are right! Of course, it will!

But in order to reduce excess weight, you need to work effectively on your weight-loss strategies. If you don’t ‘think’ thin, you won’t become thin.

As per a new study, mindfulness training could be the key to support weight loss in individuals with obesity, thereby facilitating healthier eating behaviours.

The study showed that individuals who participated in mindfulness training as part of an intensive weight management programme lost three kilograms of weight in six months than others who participated in obesity management programme.

The researchers examined weight loss among a small group of people who were attending the multidisciplinary tier-3 weight management programme.

The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, showed that individuals who attended only one or two courses lost an average of 0.9 kilograms (2 pounds) during the same period. Other than it those who did not complete the course tended to weigh more than those who finished the group mindfulness course.

Mindfulness is a mind-body practice where individuals learn to achieve heightened awareness of their current state of mind and immediate environment in the present moment.

Thomas M Barber, Associate Professor at the varsity, supported the mindful strategy and said the following points:

  • Mindfulness has huge potential as a strategy for achieving and maintaining good health and well being
  •  Focus should be on enabling the populace to make appropriate lifestyle decisions and empowering subsequent salutary behaviour change

Petra Hansona, a lead researcher and postdoctoral student from the University of Warwickshire in the UK said:

  • This research is significant as we have shown that problematic eating behaviour can be improved with mindfulness application
  • Individuals who completed the course said they were better able to plan meals in advance and felt more confident in self-management of weight loss moving forward

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