Mindful dieting was the key to Jeremy Bromwell’s 60LBS weight loss transformation.
When Bromwell, 38, was left incapacitated after a terrifying motorcycle accidence, he changed his relationship with food, learned to eat mindfully, and ultimately lost a staggering 60LBS. It’s a truly inspiring weight loss transformation, and one that was created from a heighten consciousness of food.
Bromwell had always been a highly active person, running half marathons and lifting weights at the gym. But when he was hit by an SUV on October 14th, suddenly he was left unable to continue the exercise routine that had always kept him in shape.
It’s the same for many people. They keep in shape by exercising but suddenly the unexpected happens, whether it’s an accident or an illness, something suddenly prevents us from working out, and we gain weight fast. No longer able to exercise to maintain healthy weight, how do we stay in shape? That’s the question Bromwell was left asking, as he explained in an interview with NBC.
The problem is that we keep eating the same old diet even when we are unable to exercise. Worse, traumatic or life-changing events can lead us to start indulging in food. As Bromwell says “For a long time, I couldn’t do, the things I enjoyed. As I started to get more mobility back and I was able to drive myself, I over-indexed for all the things I hadn’t been able to do, whether that was a glass of wine or a restaurant or both.
Bromwell says that he revamped his health by focusing on mindful dieting. “I wanted to make healthy choices in a mindful way,” he told NBC. And he has shared the keys to his own inspiring weight loss transformation.
Tips for Mindful Dieting
Mindful dieting is one of the best alternative weight loss techniques.
Here are my top tips for a successful, mindful diet.
Mindful Dieting by Conscious Plating
Bromwell started his mindful dieting with a focus on portion size. He decided to start cooking for himself, shopping for healthy ingredients at the farmers’ market [for some great ideas, read: Best Mindful Cookbooks]. He didn’t want to give anything up but instead chose to be “… more deliberate and more conscious. Instead of a high-calorie, high-carb meal I’ll have something steamed, fresher and leaner,” he says.
This mindful dieting extended to drinking too. “If I wanted to have a glass of wine with dinner, I needed to have the calories available for that through more activity or by giving something else up. These things are all interconnected,” he says. Although he still enjoys a glass of wine, he is very conscious of the calories in the wine and how those are all empty calories.
By mindfully tracking our diet in this way we gain more consciousness of how calories are contributing to our wellbeing. Simply tracking nutrition in an app can make you more aware of where your nutrition and your calories are coming from, and that awareness can help you to make better diet decisions.
Mindfully weighing yourself
Weighing yourself on the scales is a double-edged sort. On the one hand if you see that you have lost weight it can motivate you to keep on going. But seeing weight gain despite your best efforts can demotivate you and make you feel like giving up on your weight los journey.
Bromwell says he wouldn’t “step on the scale every day. I had to do what I needed to do consistently, and get on the scale one time a week max.” The key with weighing yourself is to be aware of your progress without having any emotional reaction to it. Meditation can help here. By meditating before weighing yourself you calm the mind and set a non-judgmental attitude that will help you to take in whatever information your scales give you without having an adverse emotional reaction to it.
A lot of research has been done to determine whether weighing yourself daily is a good idea. On the one hand, daily self-weighing can have a negative effect on mood because it constantly makes us aware of the fact that we are overweight . However, other studies have shown that that weighting yourself daily leads to greater weight loss and more elf control . The key, it seems, is to have the awareness that the scales bring, without the emotional reaction, and that is why meditating before weighing yourself is a great idea.
Naturally, a big part of any mindful diet is to eat mindfully. By slowing down and being more conscious of the food we eat, we can an understanding and appreciation of how various food contribute to our overall wellbeing. This awareness can help us to make better diet choices and ultimately to have self control as relates to food, which is extremely important for weight loss.
Here’s how to eat mindfully.
Remember to Meditate
Many times, when we put ourselves on a diet, we become stressed or demotivated, and we end up quitting the diet. This is where emotions come to play. Negative emotions and negative thoughts can interfere with our efforts to lose weight. We can control those negative emotions by meditating. This calms the mind and helps us to gain control of our emotions, so they do not interfere with out weight loss programs.
Mindful dieting is a growing trend that gives us the conscious awareness we need to take control of our weight. By eating mindfully, be more conscious of calories and nutrition, and taking steps to control our emotions, we empower ourselves to lose weight successfully.
Bromwell has now lost 60LBS and has gotten back into his highly active lifestyle, even travelling to India to train to become a yoga teacher. And all this powered by conscious awareness and mindfulness.
It just goes to show, it’s your mind that controls your body, not the other way around.