Mindful Eating for Weight Loss
- • Ate faster
- • Couldn’t remember what they ate
- • Ate more snacks
- • Reported feeling significantly less full
If we autopilot while eating, we become unaware of how much we’re eating, and if the food was satisfying.
On the opposite side of the spectrum from distracted eating, is mindful eating, or practicing mindfulness while eating. Mindfulness is often associated with psychology and involves being aware of ourselves and what’s going on around us. Eating mindfully would involve practices like removing distractions from the environment around you i.e. smartphones, computers and other electronics, savoring each bite of your meal and feeling the textures of different foods while you eat. Eating mindfully can also help us to be aware of how much we’re eating, when we are actually full and if we are being prompted to eat for reasons other than hunger, like emotions.
A study published in 2014 concluded after scientific research that Mindfullness-Based Interventions (MBIs) were 86% successful in treating obesity-related eating behaviors including binge eating, emotional eating, and promote weight maintenance and weight loss goals.
Regardless of your weight, make a goal to eat more mindfully in your life. Visit us at the Weight Loss and Nutrition Center to find out more about Mindful and Intuitive Eating.
About the Author
Abbey Reyes completed her BS in Public and Community Health at Utah Valley University, and plans to complete a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in the future. Abbey is a Health Education Specialist that’s passionate about helping others achieve their vision of wellness. Contact Revere Health’s Weight Management department today to learn more!