Think yourself lean
A new and scientifically tested way to keep body fat off
Mindfulness might sound like it belongs in the same category as crystal healing and other ridiculous “health remedies”, but it’s been studied and shown to reduce stress – and now research suggests it could help you maintain a lean body. A study published in the American
Journal Of Health Behavior indicated that those with higher levels of mindfulness were significantly less likely to have high blood glucose levels, which make you more prone to being obese.
So why is that? The researchers concluded that better mindfulness makes people more likely to motivate themselves to exercise and to stick to fitness plans once they’ve started them, and less likely to give in to cravings for high-fat or high-sugar snacks. Being more mindful basically gives you a greater sense of control over your life, enabling you to change the things that need to change.
Best of all, there’s nothing difficult about achieving it. All mindfulness means is being focused on the present and accepting the feelings and thoughts you have, which can be achieved with a few minutes’ deep thought once or twice a week. Another recommended mindfulness technique is yoga, so try adding the stretches here – suggested by Broga creator Matt Miller – to your workouts, and you’ll improve your posture and flexibility at the same time.