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Mind­ful­ness train­ing is found ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing eating disor­ders and main­tain­ing weight loss

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - LIFESTYLE -

Mind­ful­ness train­ing may help peo­ple stick to a weight loss diet and shed ki­los, a study has found. Re­searchers at the McGill Univer­sity in Canada ex­am­ined 19 stud­ies con­ducted over the past decade.

Mind­ful­ness in­ter­ven­tions in these stud­ies in­volved ei­ther for­mal med­i­ta­tion, in­for­mal mind­ful­ness strate­gies that fo­cused on eating ac­tiv­ity, or some com­bi­na­tions of these two ap­proaches.

They found that in­ter­ven­tions based on mind­ful­ness proved “mod­er­ately ef­fec­tive for weight loss” and “largely ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing obe­sity-re­lated eating be­hav­iours.” Ini­tially, when com­pared to par­tic­i­pants treated with diet and ex­er­cise­based “life­style-change” in­ter­ven­tions, those who re­ceived mind­ful­ness train­ing, lost less weight by the end of the pro­gramme, ac­cord­ing to the study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Obe­sity Re­views.

The re­searchers found that mind­ful­ness par­tic­i­pants had con­tin­ued to lose weight, bring­ing their av­er­age weight loss to 3.5% of their ini­tial body weight, while those in the life­style-change pro­grams re­gained some weight. The find­ings are en­cour­ag­ing, and “high­light the po­ten­tial of us­ing mind­ful­ness train­ing to sup­port weight loss,” said Kim­berly Car­riere, from the McGill Univer­sity.

PHOTO: SHUT­TER­STOCK

Those into mind­ful­ness train­ing usu­ally man­age to keep ex­cess weight off

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