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Mindfulness May Have Many Benefits, But Weight Loss Isn’t One Of Them

December 11, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A review of the findings of 19 studies on the impact of mindfulness on weight loss found 13 that said the impact was positive -- but all were flawed. All of the studies lacked either a measure of the change in mindfulness or a statistical analysis of the link between being mindful and shedding pounds. One study that quantified weight reductions and increased mindfulness found no connection between the two. And one study that recorded the increase in mindfulness found no impact on weight loss. The U.S. researchers concluded that the review showed “we still have a long way to go to provide convincing evidence of the benefits of mindfulness for weight loss”.
Olson, KayLoni L. et al., "Mindfulness and Weight Loss: A Systematic Review. ", Psychosomatic Medicine, December 11, 2014, © American Psychosomatic Society
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