Breathing. It’s something that we don’t even think about most of the time. But did you know that proper breathing can decrease stress levels and help you in your journey to lose weight? Here’s how to harness the power of the 4-7-8 breathing method and weight loss.
Breathing techniques are designed to help relax your body. Specific techniques, such as the 4-7-8 technique helps give your tissues and organs an extra boost of oxygen that can help balance your body and mind.
To practice this method, sit or lie down somewhere comfortable. Part your lips and exhale completely through your mouth. Then, close your lips and count to four in your head.
Next, hold your breath for seven seconds, then exhale from your mouth for eight seconds. Complete this four full times, then you can gradually work your way up to eight full times.
This should be done in a place where you are in a state of relaxation.
Doing this exercise regularly helps your body by supporting your central nervous system. If you are only shallow breathing through the day, your cells are likely not getting full nutrients from your lymph system, which can contribute to weight gain.
In addition, when your mind and body are calm and balanced, your metabolism slows and helps with digestion, which also assists in weight loss.
On the other hand, if your mind and body are stressed all the time, your breathing may be faster and shallower, which contributes to an increased heart rate, anxiety, and muscle tension. This may lead to stress eating or could impact how you respond to cravings for food.
Breathing is something you must do. But knowing how to breathe the right way and being mindful of that can be a valuable tool that helps you in your weight loss journey.
Deep breathing exercises can help with blood pressure as well as calming anxiety (or the fight or flight response). This form of breathing has been around for thousands of years. The 4-7-8 breathing technique represents a new wrinkle. It can even help you fall asleep!
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