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this pressed: Mindfulness-based weight loss programs questioned – CBS News


Weight loss programs that stress mindfulnessself-awareness achieved by meditation and self-acceptance, paying attention to a body’s hunger cues and learning to enjoy food at a slower pace — are enjoying a surge in popularity.

But the latest research suggests this diet trend doesn’t necessarily work. Or, at least, there isn’t enough evidence to prove such techniques are effective, according to a retrospective analysis of 19 previous studies on mindfulness-based weight loss programs that was published Thursday in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

“There are many reasons to think mindfulness would be relevant for weight loss because people may have a range of behavioral and psychological responses to eating that mindfulness can address, including helping them slow down and focus on enjoying a meal,” Charles Emery, professor of psychology at Ohio State and senior author of the study, said in a press statement.”But our review of the research shows we still have a long way to go to provide convincing evidence of the benefits of mindfulness for weight loss and, especially, how it may work.” 

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