Paying attention to the food on your plate, or mindful eating, is a great way of achieving your weight control targets and maintaining your weight loss. 

Understanding your body and its signals is vital to good health. How to do this, you may wonder?  Begin by checking out how you respond to stress. Does your head ache? Your tummy twinge?

Once you have got the hang of “body watching,”  you can turn your attention to the business of food, and eating. Scrutinize your relationship with food. Do you eat in response to hunger? Or are you an emotional eater, who wolfs down food when you are bored or anxious?

Perhaps you wolf down your food, instead of savouring it? If this is how you approach eating, then you need to change this. Unless you appreciate your meals, you will eat more than you need.

Eating slowly and mindfully is good for you

Mindful eating is a way to enforce your awareness of food. The core of this eating strategy is to slow down, and become fully aware of the tastes and textures of the food in front of you. It also involves breathing deeply between bites, and savouring the different tastes and textures of the dish.

Builds a healthy relationship with food

Bringing full awareness to your meal requires putting away technology, turning off the TV and truly enjoying each bite. Mindful eating enables people to create a healthy relationship with food, and eat in response to their bodies’ needs.

It teaches you to let go of the dieting mentality and replace with a healthy, long-term approach to weight control.Mindful eating promotes eating without counting calories. When there’s no restriction, there is minimal craving and an improvement in health.

Advantages of this approach

#1 Cuts calories the right way
According to a study, 95% of people who diet tend to gain back the lost weight within five years. Mindful eating teaches you to surrender the dieting mentality; stop worrying about the calorie count and focus on healthy eating instead.

This will ensure that the body is adequately fed and nourished at all times. The key is to know how to stop when you are full instead of giving in to temptation and overeating. This way when you do lose weight, it is lost for good!

#2 Keeps a check on eating disorders

Often, people tend to suppress emotional outbursts by binge eating, and this disrupts the entire digestive pattern, and affects health. With intuitive eating, one can resist the temptation of binge eating in response to emotional outbursts. You learn to tackle negative emotions head-on rather than distracting yourself with sugary and fatty foods. Emotional balance improves.

#3 Improves mental health
It has been observed that mindful eating paves the way for an improved lifestyle and mental health. Intuitive eating promotes emotional and physical wellness, which leads to an improved immune system, good heart health, and an elevated mood. Imagine all the better things one can do instead of bingeing on food!

#4 Facilitates a mind-body connect
When you eat intuitively, you are responding to your body’s signals. Basing food choices on what your body seems to need, in response to its intricate messages, enables you to learn more about the mind-body connection.  This can help in more ways than one.

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