A few days ago, we published a post about “Is Mindfulness Meditation The Ultimate Weight Loss Program?”.
Some might be wondering as to why we suddenly started posting articles about losing weight. The reason is that we know that not everyone visits, or use, our meditation audios because they practice meditation or are spiritual beings. Some do it for health reasons, and nothing more. There is no denying that meditation, and anything tied to it, translates to a healthier state of mind and body.
With this in mind, we might as well do our part and assist them in any way we can.
So to further cement the points stated on that article, we would like to add more information for those that are serious about losing weight through a natural and holistic process.
First, you must find your “WHY”
That is, you need to find the real reason behind your desire to lose weight. What is really driving you? Not just “I want to fit in my jeans” or “my doctor told me I should.” You should really think about the deeper reasons, the things that will push you forward and keep you motivated.
If you keep asking yourself this question you may be surprised at the answers you get. For example, some people want to lose weight to look good for their husband or wife. I’ve even found some of my clients are actually unconsciously sabotaging their diet because they don’t want to attract attention to their body.
Make sure you’re honest with yourself about why you’re doing it.
Create a map
You need to plan daily and weekly, and allow yourself enough time so that you can easily make it.
Think this way: when you go to work, most likely you know exactly what you need to do each day. And you make plans for your summer holiday. Now in order to be successful with your diet you need to plan too, and find the right strategy — not one that works for someone else, but one that perfectly fits YOU.
So before you start your weight loss program, make sure you take your time and create a road map.
Change your beliefs about yourself
Stop saying “I am fat,” “I can’t lose weight easily,” “My metabolism is so slow,” “I am getting old”… If you’re telling yourself something over and over again then you’ll really believe it’s true.
Instead, how about saying “I’m getting healthier,” “My body is getting stronger every day,” “I can lose weight so easy.”
Even reading these sentences now makes you feel more positive, am I right?
Be mindful what you’re telling yourself about YOU!
Practice conscious breathing for 10 minutes each day
Conscious breathing has a relaxing, healing effect. But how often do you really realize that you are breathing?
Try this exercise. Just sit or lie down comfortably, then relax your shoulders by lifting and dropping them a few times. Keep your eyes closed. Breathe slowly and deeply, without forcing. When you inhale feel your body rise up, and when you exhale feel your belly relax.
When you relax, your hormones will balance and you can start to feel joy. This also helps reduce emotional and binge eating too.
Conscious breathing creates self-awareness, which is all you need to help you change your actions.
When it comes to breathing exercises, the key is to complete focus on the act of breathing itself. Those that have been meditating for quite some time now wont have any problems with this. But if you are new, this can be an uphill struggle. If that’s the case, then I suggest you go read our article “Meditation For Beginners: 3 Easy Steps To Start Meditating“.
And as a bonus, go download our 15 minute meditation audio. You can either use it to heighten your meditation session or just to relax and reboot your system.