Mind-FULL and Conscious Eating for Weight Loss

One of the most interesting and effective ways to help stimulate weight loss and to keep it off is through the practice of mindful eating or conscious eating. In the Hypnodieting Programme for weight loss in Hertfordshire, we teach you the all-important principles of this approach. According to a Harvard University research report, mindful eating or conscious eating habits play a big role in keeping in check the calories you consume. The method encourages you to eat without distractions and to concentrate only on the food in front of you and on the actual process of eating.

This in turn enables you to slow down the rate of your input, which will allow the brain to become more aware of the subtle signals that are received when you are becoming full. The Harvard research project actually found that by simply concentrating on eating in this way, the ‘dieters’ on the project lost an average of half a stone – without any other methods being employed other than the mindful eating or conscious eating technique. We have long advocated through the Hypnodieting Programme for weight loss in Hertfordshire that increasing the awareness of what you are eating enables you to reduce the amount that you consume at each meal. The technique is taught alongside many other vitally important natural principles during the Hypnodieting Programme for weight loss in Hertfordshire using the long-established behavioural change methods of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Hypnotherapy alongside the innovative and unique Hypnodieting approach to weight loss.

Once you become aware of the principles, you will find it more and more natural to avoid the many distractions that are around you at mealtimes. These distractions have been shown to affect concentration and to make it more difficult to remember with accuracy exactly what it is you have eaten. This can lead to you eating more than is naturally required for your actual sustenance – contributing to overeating and then on to further weight gain. Freeing yourself from all distractions while you eat is a key factor in helping you moderate your food intake and to regulate or encourage weight loss. In the Hypnodieting Programme for weight loss in Hertfordshire, the understanding of mindful eating or conscious eating is an integral part of the Hypnodieting weight loss philosophy.

The way that distractions can negatively affect our powers of memory has been shown in a study recently of 42 people by researchers at Bristol University. The group was split into two and both sections were given a full-course meal to eat with only one section being asked to play a computer game as they ate. Shortly after the meal, the whole group were offered chocolate biscuits, and also asked details about the meal they had eaten. It was found that the section who were playing as they ate the meal could not as accurately recall the contents of the meal; felt noticeably less full, and also consumed twice as many of the biscuits than the other section! It was clear that mindful eating or conscious eating led to the major difference in the behaviour of the two sections.

It has been a long-understood principle that the nervous system seems to have a pre-programmed time-lag between the digestive system in the gut and that part of the brain that receives the ‘full’ signal. This seems to be around 20 minutes; which the researchers at Harvard have once again established. This time-lag, which is probably a hang-over from part of a very primitive survival mechanism, means that if you eat too quickly, your body will over-fill before your brain realises it; and by then you will have over-eaten. The Hypnodieting Programme for weight loss in Hertfordshire recognises this, and the mindful eating or conscious eating habits that we promote enable you to slow down your input enough to be able to become aware of when the body is sufficiently full.

During your own personal Hypnodieting Programme for weight loss in Hertfordshire, you will also learn how mindful eating or conscious eating can help to control the urges and cravings that can lead to ‘binge-eating’. The Harvard study showed that by using these mindful eating or conscious eating techniques, binge behaviour in their study group was seriously curtailed; with reported binges being reduced from an average of eight to three over a two-week period.