WEIGHT LOSS by DESIGN Mindful Eating The practise of Mindfulness

WEIGHT LOSS by DESIGN

Mindful Eating

The practise of Mindfulness seems to be a buzz word in the health industry currently.  Great interest is being shown on the positive effects on health of practising Mindfulness Meditation.  Studies show that a regular practise reduces episodes of depression, anxiety and helps with pain relief.  Mindfulness is also a great tool to use in losing weight.

Mindless eating is now the ‘norm’ for many people.  People eating ‘on the run’ and eating whilst watching tv.  Passengers on the train grazing away whilst reading the newspaper.  Mindfulness is about engaging with what we are doing whilst we are doing it.  Mindless eating results in larger quantities being consumed, therefore more calories and also takes us away from knowing if we are ‘full’, as we are not paying attention.

Many of our weight-loss clients eat in a mindless way, either snacking, pinching the children’s left-overs or eating on the run.  Often they believe that they have no will-power and will not be able to resist snacking.  Our approach of one step at a time is to say to them that they are not required yet to reduce the snacking. What we would like to suggest to them is that anytime they do have a snack, they must sit down and only eat.  No multi-tasking, no mindless eating.  They must eat slowly and eat mindfully.

We want them to get in touch with learning to recognise if they are hungry or satisfied and to learn to be aware of exactly what they are putting in their mouths.

Do give this a trial if you would like to make some changes in your eating habits and we would love to hear your experiences on our comments box.

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