For Rosie Huntington Whiteley meditation is key to weight loss. We show how and why Rosie Huntington Whiteley uses meditation to help maintain weight.
Looking at the photo (below) of Rosie Huntington Whitely, which she tweeted yesterday, you might think she was meditating beside that sunlit pond in the hope of finding nirvana, or perhaps as a way of releasing stress as her busy schedule roars ever onwards. What you might not suspect is that Rosie Huntington Whitely is actually meditating to help maintain her super-model-flat stomach.
For Rosie Huntington Whiteley meditation is essential for weight loss
New scientific research has pointed to the fact that meditation and mindfulness can help to eliminate food cravings and suppress appetite. Rosie Huntington Whitely isn’t the only celebrity to advocate meditation for weight loss either. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has stated that meditation was the key to helping her lose weight after giving birth two months ago.
So, what exactly is mindfulness and meditation and how does it help weight loss?
The good news is that you don’t have to sit in lotus position, you don’t have to “Om” and you don’t need to wear a robe. We interviewed mindfulness and meditation specialist Jennifer Thornton to ask for her advice on weight loss and meditation.
“Meditation and mindfulness are essentially awareness,” says Thornton. “The problem is, so many people eat without being aware of what they’re putting in their mouths. When you meditate you become more aware of the way you are thinking about food, the food you are eating and the effect it is having on your body. It’s a fundamental shift in the way a person thinks about food, and for Gisele Bundchen, Rosie Huntington Whitely and many other celebrities, meditation has been the key to maintaining their healthy bodies.”
Gisele Bundchen, having lost weight after having her baby
Meditation is the opposite of dieting. Diet make us think we need to eat X food at X time. Mindfulness and meditation are the opposite. With mindfulness and meditation you eat when you’re hungry. Simple, but also significantly more healthy. Meditation makes you respond to the needs of your body. Your body knows when it genuinely need to eat. Listen to it.
Thornton says the key issue with weight loss and with other health-related complications like smoking is multi-tasking. “Most of the time, when you eat something unhealthy or you have a cigarette, you don’t really think about it. You eat while you’re doing something else. Because you don’t pay attention while eating, you don’t feel satisfied with what you’ve had. You almost forget what you’ve eaten. This then leads you to want more food, even though your body doesn’t truly need it.”
So, what are the keys to losing weight with meditation and mindfulness? “Eat slowly. Be aware of every part of your food. When you eat, pay attention to the flavours, the colours, the texture. . . really appreciate the food. This makes you feel as though you’ve eaten more and also aids digestion. You also need to listen to your body, not your thoughts. Eat when you’re hungry, not when you have a craving.”
“If it works for Rosie Huntington Whitely and Gisele Bundchen, it will work for you too.”