People have created millions of different diets with the purpose of achieving and maintaining excellent physical appearance. And counting calories is one method that is proven to be the most efficient and scientifically reliable:
- If you burn more calories than you eat, you get slimmer;
- If you burn the same amount of calories that you intake, you keep your weight balanced on the same kilograms;
- If you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight;
Taking those rules into account, if we want to get in shape, it makes sense to intent to burn more calories on a daily basis than we have before. And the most typical answer to this question is EXERCISE.
But is that really necessary? Let`s see!
Many people forget that in order to exist, we need to produce energy. And how do we do that? By burning calories!
What we have to keep in mind here is that we burn 70% of the daily calories for natural processes like:
- Maintaining temperature and brain function
- Digesting food
- Blood circulation
Of course, the exact percentage of burned calories depends on the metabolic rate. Accordingly, if we have a fast metabolism, we can burn up to 85% of the consumed calories by simply existing. Isn’t that cool?
Apart from this “natural weight management,” the other approximate 30% of burned calories are generated through physical activities:
- Fidgeting (yes, that too)
- Daily chores
Of course, the more you move, and the more active you are, the more calories you convert into energy.
How do we lose weight with breathing?
Basically, when we refer to losing weight, we mean getting rid of stored fat cells. But when we get rid of them, where do they go? That is a question that few people ask. There are two options:
- It exists the body in the form of water: through the skin as sweat or through the kidneys as urine.
- It exists the body in the form of CO2 (carbon dioxide): through the lungs when we exhale.
In that sense, even when we excessive, we burn fat through our increased pace of breathing. Exactly for that reason, cardio is known to be the most effective type of exercising, because it drives up our breathing pace and we start exhaling larger amounts of CO2.
That is why many specialists believe that if we learn to breathe more deeply and effectively, we will increase the percentage of passively burned calories.
The problem is that normally we don’t use our lungs at full capacity. If you think about it, we usually use only 15-20 percent of them. Try to pay attention to your breath now, and then breathe fully, until your lungs fill completely. You see the difference?
In the second case, you let go of significantly more calories than when you “forget to breathe effectively.” And in that sense, we can say exaggeratedly that breathing helps you to lose weight.