Study says mindful eating may be an effective technique to lose weight

Agency, 2 January : In case you are worried about losing weight and getting back in shape, a new study shed light on a technique that might come in handy — mindful eating.

Not only can mindful eating improve one’s physical well-being and help in maintaining a healthy weight, according to the new study, but it can also show a marked improvement in one’s mental well-being.

“For example, mindfulness can reduce symptoms of anxiety and enhance cognitive functioning, and it may even improve a person’s immune response

The principle behind mindfulness is very simple. “One has to be fully present in the moment, focusing attention on external stimuli and their effects on the body and mind, learning to concomitantly acknowledge and dismiss unnecessary thoughts. Thus, learning mindfulness techniques can help us tone down the effects of stress and regain more enjoyment in present experiences,” a report in the Medical News Daily stated.

According to the study conducted by the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire National Health Services Trust in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with other clinical and research institutions, mindful eating targets eating disorders and addresses the root of all issues related to extra pounds.

“This research is significant, as we have shown that problematic eating behavior can be improved with mindfulness application,” says the study’s first author, Petra Hanson, a research fellow and doctoral student at the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Hanson and the team reported their findings in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, which is an Endocrine Society publication.

The team of researchers worked with 53 individuals who took part in a dedicated weight management program at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire National Health Services Trust.


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