Can meditation help you lose those extra pounds (and keep them off, too)? Science says that it can. Learn how to breathe and meditate for weight loss now!
There are some research studies and plenty of personal stories to support that meditation – though not associated with traditional weight-loss approaches in itself – can change people’s mindsets and behaviors in a way that leads to sustainable weight loss.
Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen in your body and this extra oxygen supplied to your body helps in burning the extra fat deposited in the body. Breathing deeply also improves blood circulation and tones the abdominal muscles.
How meditation helps to lose weight
1. Meditation lowers your BMR effortlessly
How many calories do you need at rest, when you are just breathing? That is your BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate. The lower the BMR, the better. “The relaxation response [from meditation] helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves,” says cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, well known for three decades of research into the health effects of meditation. He is the founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School.
When BMR is low, the extra calories intake by your body reduces. Weight loss is, then, a natural outcome.
2. Meditation aids in the assimilation of food
Suppose you spent an hour at the gym and then you are ravenous. After a rigorous exercise regimen, you almost get back to stuffing everything you find on the table. However, the unpleasant truth is that your increased appetite continues even when you don’t work out. The issue arises with the assimilation of the food you consume. How can you improve that to lose weight?