Hallmarks of mindful eating include focusing intently on a meal, taking time to fully taste each bite of food, and eating only when hungry. People who eat mindlessly, on the other hand, tend to multitask during meals, finish their food quickly, and eat in response to stress or other emotional issues.
For the study, more than 300 people filled out a survey that included 28 questions on their eating habits. Survey results showed that those who practiced yoga were more likely to eat mindfully. Moreover, those who ate mindfully weighed less than those who ate mindlessly. The study's authors suggest that adding a yoga practice to a weight-loss program may result in greater weight-loss success.
A previous study from the same research team found that people who practiced yoga gained less weight over a 10-year period than those who didn't practice yoga.