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Can a meditation program be incorporated into a weight loss regimen?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Definitely yes

Many people eat due to stress not because they're hungry, so learning stress management techniques such as meditation can be very helpful.
Also, learning mindfulness techniques can help people distinguish between bodily hunger and emotional hunger. The important thing no matter what you choose is to practice -- twice a day -- and continue it even if you feel it's not yet helping.

In brief: Definitely yes

Many people eat due to stress not because they're hungry, so learning stress management techniques such as meditation can be very helpful.
Also, learning mindfulness techniques can help people distinguish between bodily hunger and emotional hunger. The important thing no matter what you choose is to practice -- twice a day -- and continue it even if you feel it's not yet helping.
Dr. Janet Greenhut
Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There is not a meditation program that burns calories to help lose weight.
Meditation uses few calories. However, some people eat a lot when they are anxious, depressed, or otherwise feeling stressed. If such a person uses meditation and/or breathing exercises for relaxation, yoga, etc., he may feel better, eat less, and end up losing more weight after all.

In brief: Yes

There is not a meditation program that burns calories to help lose weight.
Meditation uses few calories. However, some people eat a lot when they are anxious, depressed, or otherwise feeling stressed. If such a person uses meditation and/or breathing exercises for relaxation, yoga, etc., he may feel better, eat less, and end up losing more weight after all.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

Studies have shown that meditation can have positive effects on your autonomic nervous system, your immune system and your hormonal systems, thus rebalancing your overall metabolism. Proper abdominal breathing techniques are paramount in achieving the relaxation response.
You do not need to be a master. Find someone who can teach you this and then practice it consistently.

In brief: Absolutely

Studies have shown that meditation can have positive effects on your autonomic nervous system, your immune system and your hormonal systems, thus rebalancing your overall metabolism. Proper abdominal breathing techniques are paramount in achieving the relaxation response.
You do not need to be a master. Find someone who can teach you this and then practice it consistently.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
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