A study of 400 people found that those who were mindful, which means they pay attention to their present thoughts and feelings, were less likely to be obese. They also had lessbelly fat than less mindful people. But it does not prove that higher mindfulness causes weight loss.
Here’s what Loucks，assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health, who led the studyhypothesizes is going on: Like other animals, people are evolutionarily predisposed to stock up on calories when they are available and to rest when they get the chance.
Mindfulness, which other studies have shown can help people overcomecravings and eat a healthier diet, Loucks says, may be the cognitive tool people need to overcome their instincts.
Dispositional mindfulness is not the same as mindfulness meditation, in which people make a conscious, focused practice of attending to their current state and sensations. Instead, it’s more of an inherent personality trait, though it can also be taught.“This is everyday mindfulness,” says Loucks. “The vast majority of these people are not meditating.”