Did you know that we lose fat through our breath?
I know when I was first asked this question I honestly thought it was by eliminating waste from our body. But nope it’s actually about 85% through breathing out carbon dioxide and about 15% through sweat, tears, urine and feces.
Since most of the fats cells that are broken down in the body are eliminated via breath, it would stand to reason that we should learn how to breathe properly.
Let’s do an experiment, take a deep breath in… Did your shoulders and chest rise? If no, then great job! If yes, then we have some work to do.
When inhaling in, the stomach should expand out and when exhaling the stomach should retract back in. But most of us breathe up into the chest causing the shoulders to rise.
We are not taking in as much oxygen or releasing as much carbon dioxide as we could be.
So how does breathing properly actually help us to lose weight?
Stressed State of Mind
Stress is one of the main reasons our body holds onto fat.
- It raises the hormone called cortisol in our body and when cortisol is too high, it messes with our thyroid gland that is responsible for our metabolism.
- When cortisol is high then melatonin (sleep hormone) will be low and therefore we do not get enough quality sleep allowing our body to recover and repair properly.
- Another reason we don’t want our cortisol to be too high is it causes massive food cravings, which doesn’t really work well with our weight loss goals either.
- When we eat in a stressed state, our body does not properly absorb the nutrients we are giving it and will cause digestive issues such as gas, bloating and even diarrhea.
By learning some deep breathing techniques you can lower your cortisol levels quickly. You can go from fight or flight response to completely relaxed within less than 5 minutes.
Stress causes the majority of our health issues today like heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, cancer, diabetes, stomach ulcers, etc.
It’s a massive health epidemic that you can actually control with positive thoughts and deep breathing techniques!!
Don’t Suck It Up Buttercup!!
Many of us walk around sucking in our tummies all day long or wearing Spanx to keep it all tucked in. While I get it, we don’t want to be walking around with it all hanging out, it’s actually really unhealthy for us. Constantly sucking in the tummy does not allow for proper breathing. Remember we have to inhale by expanding the stomach…
While sucking in the tummy doesn’t allow for proper breathing, it also compromises digestion. We need to be able to effectively digest and eliminate our food for optimal health.
So let’s compromise, ask yourself this very important question often, “Am I sucking in my tummy right now?” If yes, relax your tummy and get in some nice deep breaths!!
Move Yo Body!
By moving the body via walking, dancing, biking, swimming, jogging, playing sports, lifting weights or doing HIIT exercises it forces our bodies to take in more oxygen and that’s a great thing as it allows us to breathe out more carbon dioxide (fat)!!
Most of us have desk jobs, it’s really important to take breaks often and get some movement. And then when you have free time during the day be sure to get in a nice walk or an intense 20 minutes of exercise or chase your kids around, that works too!!
I love leisure walks in the evenings as it’s nice and relaxing, I get to work on my deep breathing in nature and it lowers my cortisol levels allowing for a great night of sleep!!
Yoga is also great for connecting to the breath and challenging the body!!
Incorporate proper breathing techniques to keep stress low, add in great nutrition and consistent exercise and you have your formula for fat loss!!
Nutrition – it can either strengthen our immune system or break it down and lead to sickness and disease.
Most doctors will only hand you a prescription for medication and call it a day. They won’t dive deeper to finding the underlying cause.
In most cases, it’s our nutrition or the lack thereof that sends our immune system spiraling down into sickness and disease.
That’s where I come in, to help you find the underlying cause and help you improve your nutrition so that you can start living life to the fullest again!! You want to THRIVE not just survive!!
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