According to a recent study, if you want to achieve your weight loss goals then using mindful eating could be the answer.
With obesity levels rising, this research has come at an important time, with obesity now affecting more than half the current population.
This study was undertaken at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, with the results to be presented at the annual European Congress on Obesity.
What research was undertaken?
Carolyn Dunn, a nutrition specialist was the lead researcher of this study and she along with her colleagues looked at how effective mindful eating could be through the use of an online weight management program.
This program was given weekly, with a live instructor on a fixed schedule.
The program was called Eat Smart, Move More, Weight Less, with the program lasting up to 15 weeks.
The idea behind the program was to teach planned behaviour as a way of changing unhealthy eating habits.
During the study, the 80 participants were asked to complete a questionnaire assessing the 5 different aspects of mindful eating.
42 of the participants were asked to complete the weight loss program, with 28 completing the program.
These participants lost the most weight, with the average weight loss being 1.9 kg or 4.2 pounds.
The remaining 36 people from the control group in comparison only lost an average of 0.3 kg or 0.7 pounds.
Looking at the two results it is clear to see that those who undertook the mindful eating program saw the better weight loss results. Perhaps you can include some of these methods into your own weight loss efforts.