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Netflix and Binge? Cut down those kilos with mindful eating

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Written on 2019-10-31T12:48:59+00:00

You’re all set to binge another new season of your favourite show. Laptop plugged in you seem to be waiting for just one thing. The doorbell rings, your after-dinner-dinner has just arrived. You anticipate the next few hours, your eyes and taste buds are in for a treat. This has become a ubiquitous weekend ritual for most of us. We’ve distorted our relationship with food which is now consumed in the background, mindlessly. Binge eating when we’re bored when we’re stressed and sometimes just because it looks great. These lead to an unintentional increase in food intake which results not surprisingly in weight gain. 

Over sixty-eight research publications have studied the effect of mindful eating with interventions in obese/overweight populations, normal-weight populations and observational studies. Mindfulness is particularly effective in addressing binge and emotional eating disorders and in preventing weight gain. Mindfulness, research shows helps strengthen the weakest link in most diets, prolonged control over eating through avoidance or limit-setting. Maintaining weight loss is the biggest obstacle because few of us can follow restrictive eating patterns forever. Our willpower lasts for a month or two and then the inches return. 

In contrast to this mindful eating doesn’t rely on avoiding food but in truly savouring it. it helps us gain awareness of our bodies, to eat while engaging all our senses. It helps us be in tune with our hunger and to recognise the cues behind our cravings. Its exercises redirect our focus to food when our brains are otherwise occupied we fail to register just how much we are eating. Current research hypothesises that mindful eating increases the size and function of the pre-frontal cortex making it easier for people to cognitively process their desire to eat rather than give in to their emotional and stress states. The best part is mindful eating doesn’t fight food it aids in weight loss and better health through healthier food choices. 

The next time you find itself opening that food delivery app on your smartphone ask yourself, “Do I really want it?”

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Netflix and Binge? Cut down those kilos with mindful eating

Article by
Written on 2019-10-31T12:48:59+00:00

You’re all set to binge another new season of your favourite show. Laptop plugged in you seem to be waiting for just one thing. The doorbell rings, your after-dinner-dinner has just arrived. You anticipate the next few hours, your eyes and taste buds are in for a treat. This has become a ubiquitous weekend ritual for most of us. We’ve distorted our relationship with food which is now consumed in the background, mindlessly. Binge eating when we’re bored when we’re stressed and sometimes just because it looks great. These lead to an unintentional increase in food intake which results not surprisingly in weight gain. 

Over sixty-eight research publications have studied the effect of mindful eating with interventions in obese/overweight populations, normal-weight populations and observational studies. Mindfulness is particularly effective in addressing binge and emotional eating disorders and in preventing weight gain. Mindfulness, research shows helps strengthen the weakest link in most diets, prolonged control over eating through avoidance or limit-setting. Maintaining weight loss is the biggest obstacle because few of us can follow restrictive eating patterns forever. Our willpower lasts for a month or two and then the inches return. 

In contrast to this mindful eating doesn’t rely on avoiding food but in truly savouring it. it helps us gain awareness of our bodies, to eat while engaging all our senses. It helps us be in tune with our hunger and to recognise the cues behind our cravings. Its exercises redirect our focus to food when our brains are otherwise occupied we fail to register just how much we are eating. Current research hypothesises that mindful eating increases the size and function of the pre-frontal cortex making it easier for people to cognitively process their desire to eat rather than give in to their emotional and stress states. The best part is mindful eating doesn’t fight food it aids in weight loss and better health through healthier food choices. 

The next time you find itself opening that food delivery app on your smartphone ask yourself, “Do I really want it?”

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