Mindful eating is about being conscious of why you are eating. It is about listening to your body and identifying how your body is telling you if it is hungry or full. It is the ability for you to be able to tell the difference between emotional hunger (stress eating) and physical hunger. It is about being aware of what you are doing, to identify whether you are mindlessly snacking or that you are really eating because of hunger.
Regardless of which weight loss program you follow, if you not in touch with the HOW and WHY you eat, and less about WHAT you eat, you would not be able lose weight. By being mindful of the feelings that start and stop your eating, of being in touch with your emotion, you will know when you are satisfied rather than stuffed or starving. It is developing a state of awareness that will allow you to take a closer look at your behaviour to food and this will aid you in your weight loss issue for effective result.
Mindless eating has a lot of negative health consequences. Research has proven that when your mind is tuned out during mealtime, your digestive system may be 30% – 40% less effective. This may cause digestive distress such as gas, bloating and bowel irregularities. Besides these, mindless eating may also lead to overeating and obesity, as your ability to accurately assess between hunger and being full is weakened. This is one reason why it is always suggested not to have your meals in front of the TV.
Mindfulness helps focus your attention and awareness on the present moment, which in turn, helps you disengage from habitual, unsatisfying and unskilful habits and behaviours which in turn helps you with fat loss.
Our body is beautifully and wonderfully made, we do know that the brain and central nervous system receive signals from the body on whether food is desired or needed. These signals can be caused by many triggers, including psychological states such as our mood or stress level.
Once eating beings, the brain has a key role to send out a signal when fullness is approaching. If the mind is "multi-tasking" during eating, like watching a TV program or doing work, these critical signals that regulate food intake may not be received by the brain. If the brain does not receive certain messages that occur, such as sensation of taste and especially satisfaction, it may fail to register the event as "eating". This scenario can lead to the brain sending out continual signals of hunger thus increasing the risk of overeating and obesity.
Mindfulness is where you practice the moment-by-moment awareness of life. It is paying attention to your food and not being caught up in your own thoughts and scarcely aware of what you are eating. When you do this, you will become aware of how much food you are putting into your body. Truth is, this is not a new concept. By practicing this skill, you will automatically learn to eat healthy foods for weight loss.