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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Quinn

Lose Body Weight by Exhaled Breath

We are capable of losing weight simply through exhalation extension.


This is according to James Nestor, author of the New York Times bestseller Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art and world-renowned pulmonaut.


"For every ten pounds of fat lost in our bodies, eight and a half pounds of it comes out through the lungs; most of it is carbon dioxide mixed with a bit of water vapor. The rest is sweated or urinated out" (Nestor).


Isn't it almost unbelievable that the majority of fat we lose comes from our lungs? This being the case, on a grand scale we are not breathing properly.


"This is a fact that most doctors, nutritionists, and other medical professionals have historically gotten wrong. The lungs are the weight-regulating system of the body" (Nestor).


Our breath can be subconsciously interrupted by the smallest of stressors - opening an email, taking a bite of food, driving in traffic, getting a spam call.


Next time a stressor stunts us, let's dive deep into our lungs. How are we breathing at that moment? Read below to learn an easy breath extension and relaxation technique.



Rest and Digest: Activate Your Parasympathetic State


When we extend the exhalation of our breath, we activate our body's parasympathetic nervous system.


Our parasympathetic nervous system is designed for sending signals of rest and relaxation throughout the body. It is vital for sleep, calmness, and digestion, and helps decrease the heart rate.


As the sympathetic nervous system stimulates "fight or flight", the parasympathetic nervous system supports "rest and digest".


Exhalation Extension Practice


Add a few more seconds to your exhale than your inhale.

For example, if you inhale for three seconds, exhale for five seconds.

Practice this for a minute, and observe the results within your body.


You may notice that your breathing is helping you destress. This is your parasympathetic nervous system doing its job!


Breath is our brain power and heart health.


Breathing properly will not only treat sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and other stress-related conditions, but will help us lose excess weight.


Integrate conscious breathing into your daily practice, like a bedtime routine, and track your results.


Feel free to share your insight! I'd love to hear your experience.


 

Reference:

Nestor, J. (2021). Breath: The new science of a lost art. Riverhead Books.


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