Can you consistently identify your physical and mental state? (“I’m craving chocolate cake because I’m in a bad mood, and I find chocolate comforting.”)
Can you stay with that kind of feeling in the moment without judging it?
That’s mindfulness—and people who had trouble experiencing it were 34 percent more likely to be obese and have excess abdominal fat, according to a 2015 Brown University study.
Being aware of physical sensations, like feeling full, as well as emotions, may help you make better diet choices and boost your confidence, which may prompt you to exercise more and take care of yourself, says epidemiologist Eric Loucks, Ph.D., the study’s author.