People looking to lose weight should try and give meals their full attention. Rather than eat while doing something else, such as watching television or working. Mindlessly eating can cause you to over eat and eat things that are unhealthy for you.
So what is Mindful eating?
Simply put, the approach to mindful eating is learning to pay attention. Instead of eating mindlessly, and putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food. Mindful eating helps you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. You enjoy your food.
How does Mindful eating work?
You learn to pay attention to. Here are some helpful tips to look for:
- Why do you feel like eating, and what emotions or needs might be triggering the eating.
- Ask yourself what you're eating, and whether it is healthy or not?
- Notice the look, smell, taste, and feel of the food you're eating.
- How does it make you feel as you taste it, as you digest it, and throughout the day.
- How full (or sated) you are before, during and after eating.
- What are your emotions like during and after eating.
- Where does the food came from, who might have grown it, whether it was grown organically, how much it was processed, how much it was fried or overcooked, etc.
The hard facts about obesity:
According to estimates for 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults worldwide are thought to be overweight, including 600 million with obesity. In fact, most people now live in regions of the world where obesity is a bigger killer than being underweight.
Obesity is a major public health concern not only because it reduces quality of life, but also because it raises the risk of poor mental health and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.
In the United States, where more than 1 in 3 adults (37 percent) have obesity, the condition is a huge burden on the economy. The total medical bill for treating obesity in the U.S. in 2008 came to $147 billion.
There are many benefits to mindful eating. Dropping the distractions and really paying attention to what is on your plate and going into your mouth could be very beneficial for you not only physically but mentally.This is a skill, a form of meditation really, that you don't just acquire overnight. It takes practice, and there will be times when you forget to eat mindfully, and there will be starts and stops. But with practice and attention, you can become very good at this.