There's no one right path to weight loss. Some people respond well to a completely different diet, while others do better with a new fitness routine. Adopting a meditative practice might be a supplemental weight-loss tool that works for you, and you'll never know until you've tried it yourself. Mindfulness may not sound like something that promotes weight loss, but it's the very thing that will give you a clear mind and the strength you need to make healthy choices, day in and day out.
Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and multitime New York Times bestselling author, has worked with countless people to help them reach their weight-loss goals. She has found that meditation can play a very significant role in this process of losing weight. She told POPSUGAR that meditation can help you "ground down and feel connected back to yourself, via your breath, so that you are less susceptible to the ups and downs of the distractions and fads of the outside world, and more in tune with what your body needs and how you can best nurture yourself."
The many emotions you experience when you overeat can be managed more efficiently when your mind is in a good place, and meditating on a regular basis can help you get there. Here are three different meditations you can do anytime, anywhere.
"We live in a noisy world with a lot of comparison on social media and pretty much everywhere that infiltrates your world every day and can make you feel like you are caught in a whirlwind of looking this way then that way," Kimberly told POPSUGAR. Rather than getting caught up in the madness and being pulled from one diet to the next, this grounding meditation will bring you back to yourself and help you focus on your own goals, regardless of what people around you are doing.
When your life is going a million miles a minute, it's easy to reach for fatty foods that give you temporary comfort. "It's the fat component in the food that makes you feel heavy, grounded, and gives you a false sense of stability when dealing with all the pressures of day-to-day life," Kimberly explained. "This meditation can help you release stress and feel nourished on levels that cannot be fulfilled by food."
"Your emotions affect your nervous system, and your body can respond by holding onto fatty elements to help protect your nervous system," Kimberly said. "Emotions have a profound impact on your physical body." This particular meditative practice helps you calm your nervous system and adrenal glands, helping you lower anxiety and giving you more control over your emotions.