I’m going to let you in on two little know weight loss secrets that are rarely mentioned. They are totally free and two of the easiest and most natural things in the world to do yet most of us don’t do them.
Get ready… take a deep breath and here it is…my secret number one… breathing!
Why are your weight loss secrets something our bodies do naturally already?
Exactly! I’m talking about something our bodies do without even thinking about it. But that’s just it I want you to think about it!
Many don’t know that oxygen is actually a key nutrient to speeding up your metabolism. Yet, oxygen is almost completely ignored in most nutrition books.
Most experts focus on carbs, proteins and fats but ignore the one key nutrient—OXYGEN—that helps to burn all of these nutrients in the body better.
When you breathe, you burn more energy.
Imagine 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 more efficiently.
Try this simple trick—put your utensils down 3 times in your meal. Each time you put your utensils down, take a breath.
You can do this when you’re at a work dinner, out with friends or even at the in-laws, no one will be any the wiser.
This one also leads to better digestion. Winner, winner!
We all know that suffering from digestive problems such as gas, bloating, reflux, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease can seriously hinder our daily functioning and make us absolutely miserable.
Your gastrointestinal tract (GI) tract acts as your body’s food processor and if it’s blocked, overloaded, polluted with toxins such as food additives, pesticides and preservatives, or otherwise irritated, it is going to let you know how it feels by having one of the reactions listed above.
Your GI tract first breaks down your food by the mechanical process of chewing and then by a multitude of complex chemical processes that extract nutrients to feed your system and expel toxins.
The best way we support our bodies to digest food is to chew A LOT.
This is so our food mixes with our digestive juices to be better digested and absorbed for optimal nutrition.
Believe it or not, chewing is one of the most important aids to our digestion and it’s also one we often take for granted. So much so that we sometimes just swallow our food whole, forgetting to chew altogether!
Learning how to chew your food properly (up to 30 times per bite) will help you extract the maximum nutrients from your food and get your digestive juices flowing right AND help keep your weight down and your tummy flat.
Because if you eat healthy food packed with nutrients that you chew properly with each bite, you will be able to recognize when you feel full and you will eat less!
Learning how-to chew helps to:
How to chew better for optimal digestion
To get in the habit of chewing, try chewing each bite of food at the beginning of your next meal 30 times. (Putting your fork down and breathing between bites will help.)
Even if you only have 5 minutes for a meal, let the chewing relax you and use it almost as a meditation.
That way you’ll enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal, trigger cephalic phase digestion, (the gastric secretion that occurs even before food enters the stomach) and your body and brain will be satisfied even with only 5 minutes.