Making my love handles glide off by the wayside comes the assertion of former actor (enough said) Miki Ryosuke that one can lose substantial amount of weight simply by following his long breath regiment.
With just two minutes a day (why not?) Miki Ryosuke, 55 tells how by concentrating on taking long breaths and then exhaling aggressively one can boost their metabolism and muscle strength by increasing one’s blood oxygen levels..
Tells Jill Johnson, creator of Oxycise, a similar weight loss programme based on breathing:
‘Fat is made up of oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. When the oxygen we breathe reaches these fat molecules, it breaks them down into carbon dioxide and water.
‘The blood then picks up the carbon dioxide – a waste product of our bodies – and returns it to the lungs to be exhaled. Therefore the more oxygen our bodies use, the more fat we will burn.’
Nevertheless, most experts believe that practicing long deep breathing for just two minutes a day is not sufficient to see any significant weight loss.
Richard Godfrey, chief physiologist at the British Olympic Medical Centre, goes on to tell the effectiveness of the technique is highly doubtful.
‘Medium to high intensity work out – such as rowing, brisk walking, or running – over a long period is the only way to burn up fat and elevate metabolism.
‘Deep breathing and gentle exercises for five minutes a day is not going to burn up enough calories to transform body shape.’
In fact, Professor Ian Macdonald, professor of metabolic physiology at the School of Biomedical Sciences in Derbyshire, UK, warns breathing too deeply can do more harm than good.
‘Inhaling and exhaling too deeply can disturb the balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen in the body needed to neutralise the blood. This can cause light headedness and even make someone faint.’
And, he doubts simply breathing will turn fat into fuel.
‘Contraction of muscles caused by exercise mobilises fat stores. But it is only vigorous aerobic sport that triggers enough energy to turn fat into fuel. Deep breathing alone will burn up fat by two per cent at best.’
That however hasn’t dissuaded Miki Ryosuke from insisting his pivotal breathing approach has led to him losing two stone (28 pounds) and five inches from his waist in seven weeks by following his Long Breath Diet.
Shouldn’t you start inhaling and exhaling vigorously too?
via the UK’s dailymail