Weight loss meditation employs the power of “mind over matter” to aid with safe, healthy weight loss. Unlike nutritional supplements or other potentially unsafe weight loss methods, there is no negative side effect to be associated with meditation, which occurs entirely in the mind.
Overview of Weight Loss Meditation
Meditation is an ideal mental exercise, in part because it requires nothing but a quiet place and a little time. Many people use a corner of their bedroom as a quiet, peaceful place where interruptions are unlikely. Ambient noise can be a help or a hindrance during meditation; some find that rhythmic sounds, like the ticking of a clock, can be beneficial to focus. It may take some time and experimentation to discover whether or not this is true in your case. Ambient noise should help to clear your mind and keep it from wandering, and may also provide a rhythm for a mantra.
With weight loss meditation, your focus will be twofold: you want to control your desires, and also provide yourself with positive reinforcement in response to success.
Meditation to Control Impulses
The first goal of weight loss meditation is to build up strong self-control with regards to your diet. However, part of the reason that meditation is so successful is because its method is not to outright deny you food, but instead to help you convince yourself that you don’t need large portions. Ideally, you should reject the idea of too-large servings not because you’re exercising self-control, but because your mind is convinced that your body is not that hungry.
Controlling your desires with weight loss meditation has to do with word association. While meditating, choose a word pertaining to weight loss or your eating habits, such as “healthy,” “hungry,” or even “fat” or “cookies.” The word can be anything, so long as it relates in some understandable way to your diet or your dieting goals. Then, meditate on the word, repeating it in your mind and envisioning the image of the word, and its connotations, until an association forms. For example, you might associate “cookies” with “comfort” or “hungry” with “full.” Allowing your subconscious mind to form an association will help you to understand the motives behind your eating habits better, and therefore make them easier to control.
Meditation and Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is a highly effective way of convincing your body that it wants to do certain things. In this case, you should strive to associate making good choices (eating healthily, exercising) with a positive body image and self-confidence. During meditation, focus on the results and benefits of good health choices, and don’t be afraid to congratulate yourself for good decisions you’ve made. A positive “go-getter” attitude is key when striving to lose weight, and will turn what could otherwise be a difficult chore into a great opportunity.
Meditation can help you to understand your own eating habits and therefore control your attitude toward them. Controlling your mind can transform your outlook on weight loss, and help to create a happier and healthier you.