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6 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Lose Weight

5. Write It Down

It’s been proven time and time again: People who keep a food diary lose more weight. In one study, food loggers lost twice as much weight as people who didn’t write anything down.

Writing down what you eat will make you more aware of how much you eat. It will also help you keep an eye on the quality of food you eat. That awareness can lead to eating less and eventually losing weight.

6. Be a Mind-Bender

Ever splurged on a piece of pie and thought, “Why bother working out now? I already blew it for the day.” If so, it’s time to stop!

Once you’re aware of this kind of self-defeating thought, you can replace it with a more positive one: "I’m human. I slipped up and had pie. Now, what can I do now to get back on track?"

"This new thought can put you back on track toward the gym, and at the very least, it’s a way to show more compassion for yourself,” says Sofia Rydin-Gray, PhD, health psychology director at Duke Diet and Fitness Center.

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Reviewed on November 06, 2013

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