What’s the difference between dieting and mindful eating? Which one is better for weight loss?

Dieting is basically regulating the food that is taken in – regulating what you can eat and how much you can eat. Diet plans are usually based on portions and content like carbs and fats for example.

Mindful eating on the other hand is the practice of being in the moment while eating. No distractions, just you and your food. The idea is to be aware of what is healthy for your body and how much without rigid guidelines – just you listening to your own body on what it is saying: Am I really hungry? Am I going to feel good after I eat this?

Which is better for weight loss?

Combining the two practices would be best for weight loss. Take what you can learn from dieting – what and how much is healthy. Take what you can learn from mindful eating – be aware of what your body needs. Whatever weight loss eating method you choose – it all comes down to how well a person will stick with it, so why not turn it into a good habit instead? Make it a habit to mind what you eat and make sure you only eat what your body needs and enjoy every bit of it! Enjoying your food is a wonderful way to lose weight – you just have to know a few tricks on how eating can actually help with losing weight!

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More About Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues when eating.

Fundamentally, mindful eating involves:

  • Eating slowly and without distraction
  • Listening to physical hunger cues and eating only until you’re full
  • Distinguishing between true hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating
  • Engaging your senses by noticing colors, smells, sounds, textures, and flavors
  • Learning to cope with guilt and anxiety about food
  • Eating to maintain overall health and well-being
  • Noticing the effects food has on your feelings and figure
  • Appreciating your food

These things allow you to replace automatic thoughts and reactions with more conscious, healthier responses.

Diet Basics

CARBOHYDRATES: Should be about 40% of your total caloric intake. The total should not be less than 130 grams/day. A minimum of 20-35 grams/day of fiber.

PROTEIN: Should be about 30% of your total caloric intake.

FATS: Should be about 30% of your total caloric intake. Choose mono- and polyunsaturated fats: olive oil, canola oil, nuts/seeds, fish twice a week (choose those high in omega-3 fatty acids: salmon, herring, trout, sardines, fresh tuna).

8 Ways to Mentally and Physically Prepare for Weight Loss

1. Set realistic goals.
2. Make a commitment.
3. Hone your inner motivation.
4. Key into your body’s signals.
5. Be accountable.
6. Create a meal plan that fits your lifestyle.
7. Rethink exercise.
8. Remember to be patient.
Read more >> https://aaptiv.com/magazine/how-to-mentally-prepare-for-weight-loss