You know you should savor your dinner slowly at the kitchen table, but honestly, it’s so much more fun to eat it in front of the TV. But if you’re trying to lose weight, forcing yourself to focus on your food instead of the Knicks game can pay off in a pretty huge way.
New research that looked at multiple studies on mindful eating found that participants ended up losing weight in every. Single. Study. Not only that, but people usually continued to drop pounds over a follow-up period.
That’s key, say researchers, because while most people can lose about five percent of their bodyweight by following a healthy eating plan for a few months, they’ll typically gain it back. But not if they’re making an effort to eat mindfully!
But, again: Knowing you should do something and actually doing it are two different things. Luckily, lead study researcher Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D., has a handy doc called called “12 Mindful Eating Strategies” she gives people who want to lose weight and keep it off.
While these tips weren’t part of the latest paper promoting mindful eating, they definitely give some solid advice. Here are some examples