Regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, and people who eat mindfully are less likely to be obese, according to a recent study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
First of all, what is "mindful eating"?
The Center For Mindful Eating says that mindful eating has several components, including:
*learning to make choices in beginning or ending a meal based on awareness of hunger and satiety cues;
*learning to identify personal triggers for mindless eating, such as emotions, social pressures, or certain foods;
*valuing quality over quantity of what you’re eating;
*appreciating the sensual, as well as the nourishing, capacity of food;
*feeling deep gratitude that may come from appreciating and experiencing food
The study, which was a follow-up on an earlier study that revealed middle-age gained less weight when practicing yoga over a 10-year period than those who did not, confirms that the increased awareness that yoga practitioners often experience may play a bigger role in weight management than the yoga asanas themselves.
"The researchers found that people who ate mindfully - those were aware of why they ate and stopped eating when full - weighed less than those who ate mindlessly, who ate when not hungry or in response to anxiety or depression," states a press release from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center released August 3. "The researchers also found a strong association between yoga practice and mindful eating but found no association between other types of physical activity, such as walking or running, and mindful eating." Click here to read the whole report.
Yoga helps people be more aware of their actions, which helps them better gauge how much food they need and control weight. That sounds about right to me. Anyone else?