Looking to get a jumpstart on your weight loss results? One thing you may want to consider is meditation. Now, when most people think of meditation, they tend to think of sitting somewhere and chanting "om" over and over again. And while that can be one way to look at meditation, it can be so much more.
In fact, meditation can help …
- combat stress,
- lower blood pressure,
- improve your heart health and
- assist those who are suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
In addition, new studies also now indicate meditation may help you put down that cookie as well.
Let's explain …
Your Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex. There's a small area in your brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain is responsible for controlling impulse-like behavior. For instance, if you choose to reach for a second serving of food because it is tasted good, your dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is not doing its job very well. Likewise, if you know you should not eat a piece of cake at the party, but you do: you can thank your dorsolateral prefrontal cortex area of your brain for giving you the go ahead.
When you have a healthy dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, you can avoid temptation: when you have a weakened dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, you can not. And, unfortunately, this willpower area of the brain tends to shrink with age. This could, in part, explain why some people tend to gain weight as they get older.
The good news is, all hope is not lost.
Meditation And The Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex. The great news is through meditation, you can strengthen the willpower center of your brain. You can have it grow larger, which will then give you much more willpower whenever you are trying to fend off those cravings or stick to your diet plan.
And, you do not need to do any particular meditation either. Simply find somewhere to sit, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. As you do, when thoughts enter your mind you will want to acknowledge them and then release them from your consciousness. Realize you have control over your thoughts, not the other way around.
The more often you practice this – doing your regular meditation, the stronger the willpower center of your brain will become.
You should aim to do your meditation for ten minutes daily if possible, however, even every other day can provide significant benefits and help you see improvements in your weight loss results.