So many who struggle to lose the flab are totally unaware of mindful eating and how developing an inner awareness of everything you’re putting in your mouth can help you lose your weight. In fact, mindless eating is THE biggest cause of overweight! Have you ever been watching TV – and look down to notice half a bag of chips just went down the old maw? That’s mindless eating.
Generally, humans think about weight loss as purely a matter of reducing the amount of food consumed. We tend to follow the maxim that if you eat less, weight loss happens. Although that might help you to lose that excess weight, becoming truly healthy is not merely a matter of calories. You must learn how to make decisions about what you should and should not eat, not just completely avoid eating everything and mindfulness practice is the only sane way to do that.
Most people do not notice it, but the human body actually knows what kind of food it wants and what kind of exercise it needs. This internal wisdom is only communicated in the must subtle of ways, often through slight bodily sensations.
For example, has your stomach ever hurt soon after one of your most beloved snacks?
Has a large meal ever caused you to feel lethargic for the next few hours?
Have you ever eaten foods that didn’t agree with your body, despite your body’s constant attempts to tell you they aren’t good?
These situations show what happens when you do not listen to your inner awareness.
Although it might seem difficult at first, learning to listen to your inner wisdom is a fairly simple process. The only difficulty with listening to your body’s inner wisdom is that most people become accustomed to making decisions based on past habits. It might be tough at first, but learning how to listen to your inner wisdom will make you a much more healthy person.
Perhaps the easiest way to start is with awareness exercises – like trying to understand how your body feels each moment of each day. On regular intervals, try and pay particular attention to how you feel. Ask yourself these simple questions. Is your stomach feeling alright? Are you feeling energetic? Do you feel hungry or thirsty? This checkup process is especially important while exercising or eating. Make sure you pay attention to exactly how those activities make your body feel.
Quickly, you will learn that your body tells you whenever you do something wrong. For example, if you exercise too hard you may feel extraordinarily tired afterward. But, don’t directly associate discomfort with actions that harm your body. Positive change often begins with some pain. By at least making the conscious effort to listen to your body’s inner awareness puts you directly, and comfortably, on the path to better health. Mindful eating is the key to any amount of weight loss that you choose. And best of all, with mindfulness practice, there is no struggle! Only a gentle release of pounds.