April 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
Journaling what you eat has been proved to help you lose weight. When I first started on my weight loss journey with Weight Watchers, writing down everything I ate was definitely something new but extremely helpful. Seeing everything that I consumed in a day was a great way to see what was helping my results.
But there were some days that were harder than others, days when I didn’t start out with a healthy breakfast or was too busy for the gym or emotional eating really took a toll on me. Usually these were days that were stressful at home or really busy at work and that was when I had a tough time keeping up with my weight loss maintenance. That’s what kept happening until I found a trick that would help with all that: meditation.
Meditation has been the most surprising addition to my daily routine but one that has served me well when it comes to keeping the weight off. Besides the fact that meditation has been proven to reduce stress, it is a great way to start the day off right. What I’ve started doing is taking 10-15 minutes every morning to sit in quiet, breathe deeply in and out and set an intention for the day. I think about all of the potential things that can stress me out and dedicate myself to overcoming these issues.
It helps to identify potential problems, center me and remind me that I can overcome them. It helps with my state of mind and, eventually, even helps with emotional eating.
The practice of meditation helps when I’m stressed and reaching for a cookie because I can pause, breathe and think about whether I really want that cookie because I’m hungry or because I am dealing with unpleasant feelings.
Learning to set a healthy intention early in the morning with meditation and using meditation to deal with stress and stop from eating that extra piece of cake, it’s been one of the best ways to achieve diet success. Trust me and try it. There’s no magic way to meditate, just sit (or lay), breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and let your mind wander. Think about nothing or think about everything, but the point is to let yourself practice meditation to become a diet success story for life.
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