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Weight Loss? - again?

Have you not a moist eye, a dry hand, a yellow cheek, a white beard, a decreasing leg, an increasing belly?  Is not your voice broken, your wind short, your chin double, your wit single, and every part about you blasted with antiquity?  William Shakespeare, Henry IV

Crash diets, miracle pills and quick-fix solutions to weight loss ALWAYS fail to produce lasting results.

95% of the over 400,000 people who undergo Liposuction annually regain the fat the doctor surgically removed, in a year or less.

"When you breathe and take in oxygen, the fat molecules are combined with the additional oxygen atoms causing oxidation. The products are carbon dioxide and water."
--A. Carlson, et.al. The Machinery of the Body
, University of Chicago Press, p. 361

People who need to lose weight don't take in enough oxygen. I noticed that most people on bottled oxygen lose weight. Bottled oxygen may save lives but obviously it is not the optimal weight loss answer. If you eat devitalized, cooked, excessively fatty foods and have inadequate activity and shallow breathing you are not ridding yourself of toxins properly nor can you burn the fuel you consume, regardless of its possible low fat content. The lack of adequate oxygen and low metabolism will add pounds with practically anything you eat. 

Overweight people have restricted breathing. So do even relatively thin pregnant mothers in the third trimester. Extra weight accelerates aging and increases the likelihood of disease. I have seen hundreds of people start a daily breathing routine and lose weight. The danger is that they may be doing a breathing exercise that actually locks up the breathing so that the long term effect can be harmful. There are many temporarily effective programs in the world. Some work pretty well, others not at all.

Providing one's food intake is mostly simple carbohydrates (live fruits and vegetables), the human body is designed to discharge approximately 70 percent of its waste products through breathing, in the form of carbon dioxide. Only a small percentage of toxins should be discharged through sweat, defecation, and urination. 

In addition, if your breathing is not releasing toxins, other systems of your body, such as your kidneys and liver must work overtime. These toxins can also clog up your breathing system and compromise your general body functioning by diverting your oxygen supply to rid the body of something that another function should have done in the first place. This can set the stage for a number of illnesses, including of course, obesity.    

Lack of or improper exercise invites breathing function to atrophy/weaken. Physical exercise, though most often quite helpful, can help or harm breathing depending on your body type, conditioning, intensity of exercise, and the way you breathe. It is most effective to learn to breathe and then exercise instead of exercising and breathing as a result of the exercise. Trying to make an inefficient unbalanced breathing system just work harder only stresses and locks up the entire breathing system. Learn to breathe better and your chances of enjoying exercise will greatly increase.    

There are weight loss videos available that use breath holding techniques. Most of the ones I have seen are average to harmful to long term lethal. To learn more about this, don't miss Valsalva's maneuver.

Firstly one must develop one's breathing. I recommend my 176 Fundamentals video for that.  Breathing Exercise #2 is next as it gives one a great deal of energy without having to get out of bed.

When you breathe better you feel more like exercising and just the Breathing Exercise #2 by itself can make you lose weight because it can kick start your metabolism.   

See also:
Thyroid and hidden energy loss
Weight loss and sleep 
Oxygen burns fat while you sleep

Variety may not be the spice of life when trying to lose weight. In fact, eating a limited variety at mealtime may be a good way to control weight, according to a new University of Buffalo study. It seems the variety in our diets keeps us from tiring of the taste of the food. This decreases the feeling of satiation or fullness, so humans and animals are more likely to overeat when they can taste different foods. When people eat one food, satiation is reached more quickly and therefore overeating is less likely.

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