Plano, TX, April 18, 2016 – Whether a person chooses to lose weight through dieting and exercise alone or bariatric surgery is also recommended, mindfulness meditation can play an important supporting role. This simple technique can bolster resolve while helping patients get in better tune with their bodies and its signals, experts say.
“Meditation is a powerful technique that many have used to help support traditional weight loss efforts and others have employed after undergoing weight loss surgery,” says Dr. Nick Nicholson, founder and lead surgeon at the North Texas-based Nicholson Clinic, one of the top weight loss surgery centers in the country. “The basics of this practice help people focus on their goals while giving them a way to boost willpower and resolve in the process.”
When patients receive a recommendation to consider meditation to help them with weight loss, that recommendation also comes backed by research, Dr. Nicholson says. A recent study from the Netherlands adds to a growing body of research on this front. Researchers found that people who were trained to use mindfulness meditation were able to use the practice to help them shed a significant amount of weight. They also displayed the willpower necessary to step away from even the most tempting of treats when their bodies were already full. Mindfulness meditation enables people to block out distractions while they eat so they can better concentrate on the foods they are eating, how much they are consuming and their bodies’ cues that enough food has been consumed.
“Very basic forms of meditation can go a long way in helping people simply slow down and focus on what they are doing,” says Dr. Nicholson. “Doing this while eating can assist people with weight loss by enabling them to more readily spot the signs of being sated. While mediation alone may not help everyone lose the weight they need to, this practice can play an important role in an overall plan that includes dietary modifications, exercise and weight loss surgery when indicated.”
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, one of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons and co-author of “Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny,” the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery offers a variety of options to help patients gain control of their weight and their lives.