Lose Weight By Breathing!
Obesity has hit the world like an epidemic. It is the second preventable cause of maximum deaths in the US. Although other nations are not too far off.
Having said that, people are trying to get rid of their obesity by employing a lot of tactics. These tactics range from weight training to running, to pilates, to going on restrictive diets and ‘The works’
But, what if I told you that something as simple as breathing can make you shed pounds?
Yes, I know we all breathe day in & day out. But in the rush of our busy schedules & preoccupied minds, we don’t really breathe quite enough. What I mean to say is to lose some significant weight, we need to practice deep breathing religiously and consciously.
Studies suggest that your lungs are a primary organ for excretion of fat.
A research was done at the University of New South Wales, Australia claims that when weight is lost, a majority of it is exhaled out as carbon dioxide.
Professor Andre Brown and Ruben Meerman reported that even experts like doctors, trainers and dietitians believe in the notion that fat is converted to energy or heat, which violates the law of conservation of mass. Others believe it is excreted through feces, which is true to a certain extent but not all of it.
Here’s the actual science behind how you lose weight by breathing:
When you consume excess calories from carbohydrates, proteins, or fat in the diet, it gets stored as triglycerides in the body. The triglycerides are basically made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules. The triglyceride is burnt in the body through oxidation.
On breathing deeply, you take in a lot of oxygen in the lungs. This is then spread throughout the lung alveoli into your blood. The oxygenated blood hence is available to oxidize the fat molecules converting it into carbon dioxide & water. Carbon-dioxide, as we know, is exhaled through the nostrils & water leaves the body through sweat, urine and other bodily fluids.
When the breathing is shallow, the air only fills in the upper and middle lobes of your lungs. This doesn’t supply enough oxygen to the blood. Hence, the fat burning does not occur efficiently.
So when you consume more oxygen, you increase your body’s ability to lose weight by breathing.
Having said that, only breathing may account for some fat loss. However, it may not be significant enough. Especially if you consume excess calories from unhealthy foods, the fat loss occurring from breathing gets nullified.
The same principles are used when your nutritionist or doctor suggest you go to for a walk. Exercising speeds up breathing. When you exercise more, you take in more oxygen and give out more carbon dioxide.
So, now you have your answer to the mystical question of when you lose weight, where does it go.
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