The key ingredient to losing weight.
As the Holiday Season fast approaches around the world, many of us start thinking about the temptation to overeat, followed by the desire to lose that extra weight we're carrying around.
Weight loss has been on top of the list for millions of people as a New Years resolution. I'm here to tell you that you don't have to wait until the New Year to incorporate some new skills to keep the weight off your body in the first place and avoid weight loss as your New Years resolution year after year.
I get it. There's so much confusion around the topic of weight loss from year to year that it can make your head spin. However, some counterintuitive and simple practices can be the difference between a constant weight struggle and a path to your optimum weight.
One of the practices that are rarely talked about in the weight loss world and is entirely free is breathing. It's the single most natural thing in the world, yet we are quick to forget how much it impacts our bodily functions.
So, why am I mentioning something that our bodies do naturally as part of your weight loss toolbox?
Ahhhhhhh. Exactly! Because our bodies do it naturally is the exact reason we don't think about breathing, nor do we take the appropriate full breaths that our bodies need to fire up our digestion.
A lot of people don’t know that oxygen is a crucial nutrient for speeding up your metabolism. However, most nutrition books ignore oxygen.
What’s essential about oxygen when it comes to weight loss?
Most experts focus on carbs, proteins, and fats but ignore the one essential nutrient—OXYGEN—that helps to burn all of these nutrients in the body better.
The bottom line on oxygen is that when you breathe, you burn more energy.
Think of the analogy of building a fire.
When you build a fire, you need two things: wood for fuel and good air circulation.
The same is true in your gut. You need food for fuel and oxygen to stoke your metabolic fire.
This is one of the reasons why physical exercise is so powerful—it increases the body’s oxygen intake and teaches the body to use that oxygen to burn fat even more efficiently.
To further enhance the metabolic activity in your body, avoid drinking water while eating. I suggest you stop drinking water 20 minutes before meals and up to two hours after meals. Why am I suggesting this? Because drinking water while eating dilutes the digestive enzymes that are needed to break down food and prevent full absorption of nutrients from the food. If you feel you need some water while eating, try to keep the intake to 4oz.
How can I start breathing while eating?
Try this simple trick—put your utensils down three times in your meal. Each time you put your utensils down, take a breath.
You can even do this when you’re at a work dinner or out with friends—it can be your ninja super-skill!
What do I do now?
In my health coaching practice, I help my clients completely transform HOW they eat, so they can lose weight and gain energy easily and naturally.
If you’re ready for a radical new approach to weight loss and health, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me about simple changes that will give you BIG results.
Peace + Love,
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