Breathing To Reduce Weight
For many weekend warriors, the motivation to exercise is to shed a few extra pounds for better health, a boost of self-confidence, and that feel-good factor. There is no doubt that exercise is a good route to improved health and weight loss, but it addresses only half of the story. Weight loss occurs only when the amount of calories we burn is greater than the amount we consume. In addition to keeping an eye on the pedometer, we also need to stand back from the table. This is where many people fail, ending up on a yo-yo diet of weight loss followed by weight gain in a never-ending cycle of frustration.
For over a decade hundreds of people achieve a safe method of appetite suppression leading to steady, effective weight loss using breath techniques. Weight loss for these individuals varied from 2 to 6 pounds within just two weeks. In addition, people often found themselves to be eating more heathfully with less desire for processed food and more demand for water. What’s more, this weight loss and change to better eating habits occurred easily and without effort. In many cases weight loss was actually a secondary benefit, as most participants were applying the breathing exercises to remedy asthma, anxiety, or snoring. The only instruction they were given with regard to their diet was to eat when hungry and stop when satisfied.
Throughout evolution humans have adapted very well to coping with short term stress. During short periods of stress, breathing volume temporarily increases as the fight-or-flight response is activated. Once the stress has dissipated, breathing volume will normalize once more, allowing carbon dioxide to accumulate and restore normal pH. However, when it comes to long-term stress, persistent overbreathing decreases carbon dioxide levels for extended periods of time, meaning blood pH is not given the opportunity to normalize.
Notable health practitioners around the world advise eating alkaline-forming foods such as fruit and vegetables and avoiding an excess of acid-forming foods such as animal protein, grains, and processed foods. And though the majority of us know what it means to eat healthily, the temptation of processed and sugary foods can sometimes be impossible to ignore. Are we just following the demands of our bodies, or is there a way to get rid of these urges for unhealthy food naturally?
Breaking the vicious cycle of acid-forming foods and increased breathing volume is certainly a factor in achieving weight loss and provoking a reduction in appetite, but there are other factors to consider when looking at the relationship between breathing and diet, such as the effects of simulated high altitude training.
By focusing attention on chest and abdomen, you will be able to switch from upper-chest to abdominal breathing effortlessly. The next step was to gently soften and slow down her breathing to produce a comfortable hunger for air.
Simple And Achievable
Listen to your body and observe what it is telling you. Get used to responding only to the feeling of genuine hunger rather than eating for boredom or in response to stress or depression. The next time you feel the urge to go to the refrigerator or eat a snack, ask yourself, “Do I really feel hungry?” By eating only when your body actually requires food, you will make the most of your natural suppression of appetite and find losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet achievable and simple.