Possibly. If you ask Brazilian fashion model Giselle Bundchen, she will tell you it helped her stay fit during both of her pregnancies and she also attributes meditation to keeping her stay mindful and focused while losing the baby weight. But, can guided meditation help YOU lose weight?
Everyone is aware that to change your body size a focus on diet and exercise is important. Yet, it is evident that just focusing on what you eat and how you are to move is not helping because 68% of Americans are still considered overweight and/or obese. Therefore, there must be an underlying reason why weight loss is still a problem for many people. Perhaps that’s why some have resorted to using guided meditation to help them lose weight.
If you think about it from a mind, body, spirit or soul perspective, being over weight or obese is a symptom and not a root cause. The underlying root cause of a weight issue could be many things from stress, a traumatic event, poor planning, bad habits, and more. It’s very important to know ‘why’ you are over weight. Sometimes people don’t know why and that’s where a therapist or weight loss coach can be of great help.
Even if you know what the reason is, you have still need to know how to unlearn the behaviors and habits that are not conducive to weight loss success and trying to change bad habits can take a long time. That’s where guided meditation can help.
What is Guided Meditation?
Guided meditation is when a narrator guides you through the meditation experience. Studies have shown that meditation and guided meditation helps for many reasons. Stress, is the number one root issue of many weight related problems and since studies have shown that meditation can help reduce stress, then it would also mean that it can help with weight loss too.
However, it goes a little deeper than that. Studies have also shown that the brain does not distinguish between an imagined event and a real one, so the experience in a guided meditation session can seem to be like having a real experience. In the case of trying to reverse negative habits that contribute to weight gain and/or sticking to a nutrition and exercise plan, meditation has been shown helpful to change habits by reprogramming the mind with new thought patterns that positively reinforce new habits, beliefs, and actions to support a lifestyle which is aligned to the desired outcome.
How is Guided Meditation Done?
First, you are guided to relax your body and mind by quieting yourself and by using deep breathing techniques.
Second, after your mind is in a meditative state, the narrator will begin to take you on a journey in your mind that when completed will leave you refreshed, encouraged, and empowered to take on the new suggestions as daily actions.
There is a lot of supporting evidence that it helps by helping you to become aware of your thoughts and actions including those actions and behaviors that relate to food.
There are a lot of guided meditation audios available for purchase. You can listen to a few on YouTube to find the ones that best suit your style. It is important to also feel comfortable with what the narrator is saying and if you agree with the suggestions and with the tone of the narrator’s voice.
Celebrities like Beyonce, Oprah, Russell Brand, Russell Simmons, Katy Perry, and all choose meditation to improve their life. Some to use it to maintain their health, while others use it for peace of mind and business success. Meditation is an ancient practice and is a guiding force in most religions, you don’t need to be religeous to make meditation a daily practice.
What is the Next Step?
There are many guided meditations for sale on almost every topic imaginable including weight loss. But very few that teach you how to use visualization to help design your ideal body.
It is important to first know what you want to look like when you have reached your goal. Why is this important? Because the mind thinks logically about change and it will automatically think of a destination whenever you are about to change something in your life. It does this as a way to emotionally protect you. If you don’t have a destination in mind, an end result that seems safe for the mind to understand, you will find yourself sabotaging your efforts.
That’s why I created a guided meditation as a free bonus in the Lean Body Principles: Lose Fat Weight Fast! Secrets Your Doctor Didn’t Have Time to Learn program.
The Lean Body Principles program is an audio DIY Coaching program designed so you can learn to lose ‘fat’ weight, not just ‘weight’, like all the other weight loss programs on the market. It’s important to focus on fat loss vs weight loss becasue if you lose your muscle, bone, or organ tissue, you will be not only damaging your body, but lowering your metabolism making it harder to lose weight the longer you try.
Second, it is designed to help you design your own nutrition and exercise program based on your individual body ‘blueprint’. Everyone has a unique body type, shape, and how it loses ‘fat’ best. You get to discover your way instead of following all the ‘cookie-cutter’ diet plans on the market created for everyone not YOU as an individual.
And third, does more than focus on what you are to eat and how you are to workout. The program helps you identify and knock down all the blocks that are keeping you for reaching your weight loss and fitness goal by teaching you the latest scientific strategies to help change your mind and behavior so you can get to your goal FASTER and easier than ever!
The guided meditation component is designed to help you visualize your end result. You will see, feel, and believe you can reach your desired goal. After just ONE session, you will feel the difference and notice a behavior change.
Part of my transformation, (I lost over 100 pounds), was due to the use use of meditation, yet I know I would have reached my goal faster if I had access to guided meditations about how to visualize my ideal body.
Perhaps you are like I was, sick and tired of being sick and tired of having all the excess weight on your body and not being able to get and keep it off. If you are ready for something new, why not try the Lean Body Principles program and experience the Visualization Meditation for yourself.