According to a new study, Mindfulness training may help people to shed those extra kilos and stick to their weight-loss diet. It is a type of Buddhist meditation during which a person focuses on his or her present feelings, sensations and thoughts. The key feature of mindfulness is to pay attention without evaluation or judgement.
According to the PTI reports, the researchers examined that they have conducted 19 studies over the past decade at the McGill University in Canada. In these studies, Mindfulness interventions focus on eating activity i.e. informal mindfulness strategies or formal meditation.
The researchers found that interventions based on mindfulness proved “moderately effective for weight loss” and “largely effective in reducing obesity-related eating behaviours.” According to the study published in the journal Obesity Reviews, when compared with the participants treated with exercises and diet lost more weight than the participants who joined mindfulness training.
But at follow-up examinations, participants in the “lifestyle-change” programs regained some weight whereas mindfulness training participants had continued to lose weight, bringing their average weight loss to 3.5% of their initial body weight.
The researchers found that mindfulness participants had continued to lose weight, bringing their average weight loss to 3.5% of their initial body weight, while those in the “lifestyle-change” programs regained some weight. The findings are “encouraging” and “highlight the potential of using mindfulness training to support weight loss,” said Kimberly Carriere, from the McGill University.