Meditation for Obesity

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Meditation can help you lose weight by addressing the problem at its root. Often, weight gain is wrapped up with feelings of personal shame which can lead to comfort eating. Lower stress and improved impulse control is a significant advantage when dieting - and studies show that meditation naturally leads to improvements in insulin resistance when practiced regularly.

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  • The problem

    In some countries, obesity rates now exceed 30% and show no sign of slowing down. The consequences for physical and psychological wellbeing are enormous.

    It’s clear that the widespread availability of nutritional guidelines has done little to address the problems of overeating and poor dietary choice. The hardwired impulse to overeat easily wins out over our better intentions to eat sensibly.

    Very often we eat as a way of coping with low energy levels and for emotional comfort.  

    We find ourselves prey to powerful food cravings so strong we just can’t ignore them. Sugar, a highly addictive substance, is often added to food in incredibly high quantities, or without us knowing, so is very hard to cut out. 

    There’s plenty about modern processed and fast food which our bodies were not designed for.  Not to mention 8 hours a day on inactivity, for many of us, in front of a computer screen. 

    All these factors are gradually ramping up levels of obesity in society, and leading to a rise in weight loss retreats and other seemingly radical solutions. But whilst they might offer a short term fix, many people end up on an endless cycle of weight gain and weight loss, as the methods are so hard to maintain.

  • How it affects you

    When we have intermittent stress in our lives, we over-secrete steroid hormones (glucocorticoids), which tend to cause fat cells to hoard every last protein and glucose substance ready for release during the next bout of stress.

    We become more resistant to the insulin, and this results in a number of adverse physical reactions, such as brain fogginess, inability to focus, high blood sugar, intestinal bloating, sleepiness – especially after meals – high blood pressure, symptoms of depression and increased hunger.

    Many of us also try dieting. Once again, the shifts in eating habits must be permanent if we are to stay on track, and we are often susceptible to snack attacks, which undo all the good work. Stress tends to make us reach for fatty, sugary foods to replenish our fat stores quickly. Unfortunately, in most cases, we tend to store more than we use – and the result is only too evident when we have to struggle to fit into that pair of jeans that seemed to fit perfectly last year.

    Even when we are disciplined, we find the body doesn’t respond as well as we want; this is down to the high-fat storage that results from stress-induced insulin resistance.

    Indigestion is yet one more problem that often goes along with stress. This is a result of food not being fully broken down and metabolised. Rather, it’s left as rotting detritus in the stomach, causing a build-up of gas, which, in turn, creates air pockets in our cuddly bits. No-one likes cuddling a balloon!

    We can also have a very confused emotional relationship with our food, and we are all driven by the primal need to eat as much as we can today, in case of famine tomorrow. Playing into this complex is the guilt many are made to feel if they don’t clear their plates when so many in the world are going hungry.

  • How can Beeja help?

    Beeja strikes at the root of these problems, requires much less effort than dieting or exercise, and gives us a chance to increase our happiness, healthiness and alertness.

    It’s a far better – and sustainable – way of achieving a natural and healthy weight.

    Beeja meditation works by increasing our resistance to stress and reducing the side-effects of an overactive stress response. It’s a real, no-nonsense way to lose weight quickly and naturally.

    Under the influence of meditation, insulin resistance begins to align itself with a more natural and healthy level of functioning, and fat cells stop hoarding.

    Meditators also find that less stress allows them to tune into what, and how much, their bodies want to eat. Meditation helps digestion as well; so what we do eat is put to good use by the body, rather than being excreted wholesale.

    It feels easy and natural to want to eat healthily as food stops being an emotional crutch.

    Meditation also gives better hormonal balance, allowing the body’s innate intelligence to reset its systems to a more natural and healthy level. We nourish ourselves at the deepest level, rather than relying on the superficial appeal of starchy comfort foods.

    Even when we’re fully committed to making changes, we still have to grapple with our very real subconscious programming. Meditation has an answer to this problem as well: it resets bodily systems and allows us to impose healthier behaviours on our subconscious glutton.

    The result is an achievable obesity treatment; a happy and healthy body, and a happy and healthy mind.

    If after meditating you feel inspired to do more to aid your weight loss, then great! Having such a solid foundation will help you find a sustainable solution; it may well come from within rather than be forced upon you.

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    Ingrid, Accountant

    “I can honestly say the course has completely changed me for the better. I am so much calmer, happier and confident. I sleep better, and my diet is a lot better! I have a new found energy and love for life. I can’t express how beneficial the course has been.” 

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