A simple breathing exercise could be your answer to weight loss. check out this months edition of Nottinghamshire Aspect and read my full article
If you can’t get hold of it then read on…….
We are now a quarter of the way through 2018 and maybe you might still be keeping to your new years resolution to lose weight, with the hope that this time it’s going to be different! But maybe you have already cheated on your diet and will have to start again; tomorrow or the next day or the next……
Every time you make these promises to yourself and you don’t keep them it can add to your stress and stress is the one thing that will derail all your good intentions. Being stressed can trigger the release of a stress hormone called cortisol, which can often result in an increased appetite and potential emotional eating.
So my one secret to continued weight loss is to de-stress by deep breathing!
Practiced daily this quick and simple breathing technique can change your life for the better. It will increase your energy levels and help you to achieve more. By being in a relaxed state of mind you will be able to focus more easily, free yourself from stress, negative emotion and feelings of anxiousness.
In other words ‘see the wood for the trees’
Lets get started!
- Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes
- Place one hand on your upper chest and one on your abdomen just below your navel
- Slowly breath in through your nose as you count to 5
- Hold for a count of 2
- Slowly breathe out through your mouth as you count to 10
- As you take your first breath in silently say to yourself ‘relax’.
- As you breath out silently say to yourself ‘calm’
- Repeat 4 times
Try to make sure the hand on your tummy is the only hand moving
When you are stressed or anxious you take shallow breaths using the top of your chest only. Learning to breath more slowly and deeply can help keep you calm
After 4 deep breaths, shrug your shoulders up to your ears then quickly release them. Repeat this 4 times. Again this helps to release tension
Slowly open your eyes and notice how relaxed you are. Now you are in a better place to focus on your healthy eating goals, make changes and see improvements
I can also help support you to make those small but permanent changes. As an experienced nutrition coach I can keep you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. I also offer cooking sessions for those that want practical tips and advice. My business is based in West Bridgford but I also offer a telephone or Skype service for busy clients who can’t travel to see me