By Jenn Horton
Reviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC
Your efforts around exercising and eating well are helping your blood pressure and your weight. Something else might also help: meditation.
Meditation — the practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and clarity — can lower high blood pressure. It can also help you manage stress, which drives some people to eat.
“People often put on weight from trying to comfort themselves with food,” says Adam Perlman, MD, executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine.
Although there’s not a lot of research showing that meditation directly helps you lose weight, meditation does help you become more aware of your thoughts and actions, including those that relate to food.
For example, a research review showed that meditation can help with both binge eating and emotional eating.