Change Your Mind, Change Your Body?

Jamie Zimmerman, SONIMA
December 30, 2014

Most programs for weight loss and healthy living focus on the body and behavior but neglect the mind. Evidence shows mindfulness and meditation could help bridge the gap for sustainable progress.

If you intend on making a change in diet, health, or lifestyle this year, you’re not alone. Some sources estimate more than 126 million Americans set New Year’s resolutions. Historically, we’ve seen that only a fraction will be successful. There are many possible explanations for this drop-off, including unrealistic goals and expectations. Another factor could be that most lifestyle-change strategies focus directly on the body and behavior yet neglect the mind. Could mindfulness or meditation be a missing link?