When actress Rosie Huntington-Whitely tweeted a photo as she meditated beside a sunlit pond, you might assume she was practising the ritual to reduce stress and stay grounded amid a hectic schedule. But is it also the secret to her super-flat stomach?
A growing body of research claims that mindfulness can reduce food cravings, suppress appetite and help with portion control. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen even credits meditation with helping her lose her baby weight just two months after giving birth.
The good news is that it doesn't mean eating dinner cross-legged, "ohming" between mouthfuls.
"Mindful or meditative eating simply means being aware of what you're putting into your mouth," says psychologist and Food Addiction Therapy author Kellee Waters. "It's about pausing to really taste your food and listen to your body's cues. We should all eat whenever we're hungry and stop as soon as we're full, but instead we get hung-up on habits and rules."
Mindful eating is not about calorie counting and restrictions, in fact if you're doing it right your stomach should never rumble again. Forget three meals a day. If you're hungry at 9pm then eat until you're satisfied. On the flip side, if you're not hungry at 7am skip breakfast and wait until you are. (MORE)