When it comes to eating and losing weight, the focus is usually on “what” and “how much”, but do we ever think about how we eat and how it affects our health and our figure?
In recent decades, the topic of consciousness and the practices associated with it has gained enormous popularity in the West. Successful companies like Google are introducing programs for enhanced emotional intelligence for their employees. Practices enter schools and the therapeutic context as a means to cope with the symptoms that arise from the chronic state of stress in which the modern person is often found. Because of the anti-stress effects that the practice of consciousness has, it is also applied in the weight control.
According to recent studies of this practice known since the Antiquity, the teaching of consciousness is associated with weight loss by 2.8 kg more than with standard weight loss programs that do not include such a component. The ways we can be more aware of nutrition and have proven effects on weight loss are to focus on sensory perceptions about the food (shape, color, touch, smell, taste, sound it emits when we eat, etc.) and the so-called decentralization in which we perceive thoughts and experiences as transitional psychological phenomena and, accordingly, less subjectively real.
It’s actually simpler than it sounds! When we eat, it is necessary to focus on the sensations of our senses, and this will actually bring us much more pleasure from the meal itself! We will also avoid the sense of guilt that comes after eating a large amount of “unwanted” food because when eating gives us please and we enjoy the food, the body gives us accurate signals about what and how much of it we should eat.
Decentralization refers to impulses, thoughts and experiences before and after eating. Often we have intrusive thoughts such as “How much I ate! I will get fat! I am terrible, I have no control!” which are, in fact, irrational generalizations and exaggerations. We will not get fat with one meal, the temptation to eat the cake we spent the whole afternoon thinking about does not mean that we have no self-control or will. It is precisely the repetition of these thoughts and experiences, and the gaining of faith in them that hold us in the grip of the behavior that afflicts us.
Okay, but what do we do? We try to look wisely at what is happening – “Am I really going to get fat with one meal?”, “In how many other situations do I have self-control and will?”, “Can I really not do without this chocolate and what really makes me want to eat it so badly?” When we question our own thoughts and experiences, we can see that sometimes they are not as much connected to the reality as we believe them to be.
Practicing yoga, relaxation, and meditation helps us maintain a more sustained consciousness not only about nutrition but also about our other activities and the experiences related to them. Practices contribute to deep relaxation and activation of the so-called response to relaxation that counteracts the effects of the so-called response “fight or escape” that we experience as stress.
The response to relaxation can be achieved with any activity in which there is repeatability of movements (for example, long walks, dancing) and which interrupts the usual flow of thoughts. For this reason, the LuckyFit Bansko Healthy Weight Loss Program contains different physical activities. And now you have the opportunity to join the new special LuckyFit Yoga program with morning pranayama sessions, morning and afternoon yoga exercises and evening relaxing practices and meditations. Let yourself rest actively while taking care of your health and figure with our help!