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If you came to mindful eating so you could lose weight and you are noticing that since you started, you seem to be gaining weight, don’t panic. Instead, let’s approach your concern with mindfulness.

To figure out what’s going on let’s come to the problem with curiosity, non-judgment and acceptance. Be curious. Why are you gaining weight? Are you eating more? Are you eating different foods? Were you restricting so much before that your body is seeking balance? Are you eating when you are not hungry? Are you eating beyond comfortable fullness? As you ask yourself these questions, approach the answers with an attitude of non-judgment. It is what it is. Judging, criticizing or blaming yourself will not fix the problem. Acceptance can. Accept that right now your weight is going up. Figure out why it might be happening and address the matter with the mindful skills you are learning. Keep up with your meditation practice. Be willing to eat only when physically hungry. Deal with your emotions without food. Weight gain is temporary.

Your mindful skills can last a lifetime. Keep being mindful and the weight gain will reverse itself. What did your curious investigation reveal?

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