Deep Breathing Exercises — Prime Your Body To Lose Weight First Thing In The Morning
Most modern exercise plans ignore deep breathing exercises but the ancient cultures of India, China and Japan have highly developed systems to improve physical and mental health. When your body is healthy, it is easy to lose weight.
Here are a few resources that show you how a few minutes of deep breathing exercises in the morning can help you lose weight. I have done these types of breathing exercises for many years. They do work, but I have found I need to supplement them with other exercises to meet my fitness / fat loss goals. Breathing exercises will quickly give you good health. Focusing on good health is the real way to lose weight in a short period of time and keep it off permanently.
1. Long Breath Diet – By Miki Ryosuke – Do this breathing exercise for 1 to 5 minutes in the morning. Very simple, yet very effective.
2. Kapal Bhati Pranayam – Ancient Yoga Technique– This routine has more comprehensive health benefits. You can do it for a minute or two if that’s all the time you have, but if you can do it every day for 5 to 10 minutes in the morning you’ll have amazing results.
3. Tai Chi – Ancient Chinese Technique – This routine is very comprehensive because it involves the whole body. You’ll need about 10 minutes for this anytime during the day.
Here is a scientific study that shows the amount of oxygen in the blood can affect the “fat mass loss” in the body.
I couldn’t find any scientific studies that address these breathing exercises specifically, but there is evidence that deep breathing exercises reduce stress and improves sleep.
Here’s what this article says about the relationship between stress, sleep and metabolic rate:
Stress has both positive and negative impact on the metabolism. Initially, it increases it to provide extra fuel for the body to react to any stressful situation. Prolonged stress, however, can actually lower the BMR by disrupting the digestive system. Lack of sleep makes you too tired to exercise or to work out intensely. It reduces your BMR. If you reduce the amount of stress in your life and get more sleep each night, your normal BMR will return.
This article explains why more oxygen in the blood increases the metabolic rate:
Oxygen is a highly flammable substance that speeds up chemical reactions. In the body, oxygen thins the blood a little which helps lower your blood pressure and speed up the flow of blood. This increases your metabolism and burns more calories. The more oxygen you have in your blood the faster your metabolism will be.
This article explains why breathing exercises improve your health:
Breathing serves as the pump for the lymphatic system, just as the heart serves the circulatory system. Your cells must have oxygen to survive moment to moment. To thrive, they rely on a complex exchange between the circulatory system and the lymphatic system. Blood flow carries nutrients and ample amounts of oxygen into the capillaries, while a healthy lymphatic system carries away destructive toxins. Proper breathing is the moderator of this exchange.
We don’t often think about our lymph nodes unless we hear about someone with cancer, which is surprising, because we have twice as much lymphatic fluid as blood in our bodies.
So what is the lymphatic system? It could be likened to the body’s sewer system. Lymph vessels form a drainage system throughout the body. Our cells swim in an ocean of lymphatic fluid that carries away the detritus of our immune system, including dead white blood cells, unused plasma protein and toxins.
It works like this: blood is pumped around the body by the heart, transporting nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Once the cells have absorbed what they need, they excrete debris and toxins, which then get flushed and deactivated by lymphatic fluid.
The lymph fluid then drains into the circulatory system through two ducts at the base of your neck (the thoracic duct), and becomes part of the blood and plasma that pass through the kidneys and liver. But unlike your circulatory system, your lymph system does not have a built-in pump. It relies on the act of breathing and bodily movement to move all that waste fluid around.
The consequence of a sluggish lymphatic system is that you cannot detoxify properly. And if you aren’t breathing deeply or moving regularly, chances are your lymph fluid is not flowing as well as it could. As you can well imagine, this can lead to health concerns over time, including weight gain, muscle loss, high blood pressure, fatigue, and inflammation.