You might want to add meditation to your workout routine. A new study suggests that meditation can help people control their eating habits and lose weight.
Forbes reports on the small-scale study out of UC San Francisco in which researches took a group of 47 overweight women and divided them into two groups. One of these groups received training in "mindful eating" and had 30-minute meditation sessions daily. In the mindful eating sessions women were 'trained to experience the moment-by-moment sensory experience of eating.'
Meditation worked. Women in the meditation group 'showed significant reductions in their cortisol levels (high cortisol levels are a side effect of stress).' And 'women in the study who experienced the greatest reduction in stress tended to have the most loss of deep belly fat..
Dr. Catherine Kerr, a meditation researcher at Brown University, is excited about the study's results and says: