Let’s admit it: not everyone is much fond of exercising and that too regularly along with a fixed routine consisting of specific hours that are dedicated to the gym. Heavy workout equipment is not for everyone and some would rather resort to lighter forms of exercise for keeping themselves fit, such as yoga, aerobics, meditation, and Zumba.
With the rest being quite obvious, the term ‘meditation’ is a real question mark for the majority of us because it makes you think: How can something as simple as ‘sitting idle’ make you lose weight and make you sound at mind? Before getting into any details about the ‘how’ of meditation, let us have a look at the ‘what’ first.
What is meditation?
What meditation involves is simply taking out a few minutes from your daily routine to sit in isolation with your eyes closed, and your focus should be on your breathing patterns. Experts recommend doing this early in the morning, the first thing after you get up, and then the last thing you do before you go to bed. There are no fixed timings but ideal timing is ten minutes at least in order for you to actually feel the effects it has on your body and mind. You need to focus on your breathing, inhaling and exhaling slowly, doesn’t matter if your mind wanders off and you get distracted (you will, that’s very natural) just slowly bring your concentration back to the breathing. The key is doing this in a peaceful area with the least amount of distraction in the environment. What it does is that meditation helps you clear your mind and balance it. You will find yourself very calm once it’s made a routine.
Meditation and Weight Loss: Is there a connection?
Yes, there certainly is. The connection revolves around meditation making you more aware of your eating habits and patterns. In most cases, it helps people with their emotional eating. Which, as Nutright’s blog has discussed in an entirely separate article as well, emotional eating refers to eating in a state of stress, like you hear the famous saying ‘binging on a tub of ice-cream during a depressive episode’. That’s because the cortisol levels in your body are disrupted in a state of elevated stress, making changes in your appetite and making you more hungry. These stress hormones, like cortisol, also tell our bodies to store all those calories from that food intake to be stored as fat. Hence, a constant state of stress just makes it even harder for you to lose weight.
Meditation helps calm you down, relieves stress and hence cuts down on your habit of emotional eating. Furthermore, it helps you having more control over yourself and your actions, therefore you become more aware of your eating habits, how much to consume, how many portions of food to take, whether your body really requires it at that moment or it’s another deceptive move by your mind into tricking you that ‘This cupcake needs to be eaten right now on any cost even though you aren’t hungry!’