Mindful Eating For Great Health Benefits-Research
New Scientific evidence support the hypothesis that mindfulness can help improve health and well-being. According to a new research, published in the Journal 'Obesity' finds that adults with obesity practicing mindfulness intervention — including sitting meditation, yoga and mindful eating practices — showed greater improvements in both fasting glucose and triglyceride levels.
Under the programme, 194 obese people on a five-month diet and exercise program, 100 of them were put in the mindfulness group in which they were given training in mindfulness. In addition to meditation and yoga, this group acquired mindful eating skills, like learning to recognize the body’s hunger and fullness cues and differentiating physical cravings for food from emotional ones.
Another exercise was to eat a raisin using all of the body’s senses: looking at it, holding it, smelling it, tasting it, chewing it. “It’s not our usual eating behavior, which often can be very automatic,” says Daubenmier, who led the research.
People in the mindfulness group lost an average of 3.7 pounds more than people in the control group. More importantly, for certain risk factors for type-2 diabetes and heart disease like fasting glucose levels and triglyceride levels, researchers found a significant difference. Those improvements were likely due to lower stress, weight loss or better food choices, the authors speculate. “We felt that perhaps this mindfulness program was preventing an increased risk of diabetes,” Daubenmier says.
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Intriguing as the finding is, more research in larger groups of people is needed. And while meditating on your next meal may not be the secret to major weight loss, there’s initial evidence that it could indeed have some real benefits.
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