If you are tired of working out without losing weight, there are other better alternatives. Here are some benefits of meditation for weight loss. Being overweight is one of the major issues most people face in the modern world. There are many factors that contribute to this condition that affects not only the person’s body image but the overall health as well. Because of this widespread problem, many solutions came up ranging from natural means to surgery.
Meditation for weight loss is one of the solutions people turn to. Body image issues arise because of many factors. Advertising and fashion are some of the major factors that contribute to this condition. Advertising from the food industry like fast food have offers like super large drinks and fries and in contrast the fashion world inculcates the concept that the perfect body is a size 0. This puts confusion in the minds of the ordinary person. The overweight person becomes the butt of jokes like the infamous ‘yo mama’s so fat’ jokes. Some depressed people try to find comfort from food, which leads, to further weight gain and eventually to obesity and its complications. In order to break this vicious cycle, one has to get to the root of the problem and that is the body image issue.
Sometimes the person already has lost a lot of weight to the point of emaciation but still sees himself as fat. This is no longer a simple case of body image but of self-acceptance. Another cause of being overweight is stress, this makes the person feel hunger pangs more often so he eats more often than what is ordinary. Aside from this, stress causes the body to metabolize at a lower rate so that food is stored as fat instead of used for energy.
These problems can be solved by targeting the root cause, and can be done with meditation. Simple guided meditation gives the person a chance to examine himself and accept what he is by changing his perception of himself. Aside from that, meditation also has the ability to clear the mind of ‘mental clutter’. Losing the stress factor, the body can now function and metabolize normally so that calories are burned, as it should. Meditation is the secret behind many philosophies such as zen and tai chi. It is believed that a clear mind also clears a path to unhampered flow of energy throughout the body. Reciting mantras is like self-hypnosis, where what the person believe is said over and over again to convince him that it is true.
Overeating due to stress is also reduced because meditation can relieve the mind of stress by reviving the psyche of the person. This function also reduces depression so the depressed person eats less but has more energy because of the feeling of well-being. The eating problem itself is also reduced by meditation through giving you a feeling of tranquility and prevents the person from feeling hunger pangs less and less. These are just some of the benefits of meditation for weight loss. Aside from the eating issues from whatever causes, it also lowers blood pressure and lessens the risk of hypertension and heart diseases. So with deep guided meditation you get all the full benefits without breaking into sweat and tire yourself out.
The author is a health care specialist that deals studies on the subject of alternative medicine.
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