I think I need to lose; I have put on a lot of weight; See here I have a tummy what will others think; This is my new year resolution and I can go on and on and on…
This leads to phone calls to people who lost, reading of stories online, following blogs and a lot of frantic discussion on WhatsApp group.
Then starts a journey, long hours spent in gym, harassment of your taste buds and much more to come back in good shape. Let’s take a step back and think what about something which is completely natural, just take 20-30 min and has no side effects. Sounds Good?
Meditation; a simple yet powerful technique and answer to most of the things in one’s life.
Wondering how something related to the mind can have anything to do with shedding pounds and kilos? Let’s see how meditation helps you lose weight naturally:
- Effects of Body Metabolic Rate
The first thing when people in fitness center measure or say something about is the metabolic rate of the body. BMR helps us decide the amount of water, calorie intake which we need. When we meditate BMR stabilizes and hence it has a positive effect on your body. This means your intake gets affected and so does your weight. When I started, I didn’t believe that this could happen but slowly as I was regular I realized that I used to feel less hungry.
- Change the Workout schedule
We generally see people stop gymming and then gaining weight again. This is because physical exercise increases your food intake and it is not reduced even after you stop.
Meditation improves assimilation and wishes for food decreases. This has a long-term effect on the body weight. The fact that you are satisfied with less food will help you not to gain weight when you stop the physical work.
- Restore your Balance
Excessive weight gain and weight loss are sometimes outcomes of hormonal imbalances in the body. Meditation helps restore that harmony in the system so that if you are overweight, you lose pounds and if you are underweight, you gain the ability to put on. This is one thing which most of us ignore while we are suffering from either of these.
- Reduce the number of Go-to food
Craving is the biggest roadblock in losing weight. Just as we get past our favorite Vada Paw shop we then end up eating it/ With regular meditation, we can control it.
Meditation increases awareness so that you become more watchful of your food habits. Also, over a period of regular meditation practice, you will find that your cravings have dropped. So you won’t be reaching for that bag of chips or cookies all that often.
“Till 6 months back I used to eat a lot of sweets and feel very restless and tired if I don’t eat anything sweet in the day. This was overshadowing my effort in the Gym. My trainer asked me to do just 15 min of meditation which gave me willpower and help me control my cravings. This led to a visible effort on my body in terms of muscle growth.
- Helps in Commitment
Sweets, your favorite food, junk has the power to make you drop all your resolutions towards your body. This is a check on your commitment where meditation can help. Daily meditation practice helps strengthen your intention so that you become more committed and focus in whatever you do and follow best practices.
Meditation gives the strength to realize an intention. Either it is EGO or it is MEDITATION which gives you the power to remain committed to whatever you do.
- Beat the stress
Stress is something which makes people do unwanted things. Eating or rather hogging helps us reduce stress levels as it increases hormonal production which is responsible for stopping this. Yet when you meditate, you release deeply stored stress in the system naturally.
After the fight with my best friend food would always be my savior which will help me sleep and that causes a lot of problems for me. I then started meditation just keeping my eyes closed and focusing on one single point. Thanks to these practices, now I do not over eat and it had helped me control my emotions better.
- Find time to do more things
Meditation you only need 15-20 minutes a day. That, of course, can be easy to squeeze out any time of the day as per your convenience, isn’t it? After all, your body does deserve at least 20 minutes of your time. And when your work efficiency increases with meditation, you can finish all your work in less time and find more time to plan other things.
- Start accepting yourself
When you accept your physique, you become calm and settled within and stop worrying about things. With such a state of mind, it becomes easier to work towards losing weight and your effort is also more effective. Try this out once. So what if you are a bit on the healthy side? Relax, love your body and see the difference in your life.
Note: Each body type is different so the results of yoga and meditation practice may vary in each person. Your experience could be different from others. Do not compare and don’t lose hope and patience. Meditation is not a quick-fix; it needs to be practiced daily for results to show.