The Long Breath Diet was developed by a Japanese celebrity to lose weight only by taking elongated deep breaths 2 minutes a day. Despite the popularity it has in Japan, there are questions whether or not it is effective are not.
What first started out as a way to ease back pain while walking, soon became a diet craze in Japan. The creator of this weight loss technique (Ryosuke Miki - 53 years old Japanese Actor) is said to have lost as much as 28 pounds and 5 inches off the waist following the program for 50 days. If this is true, then what can it do for you?
In this episode of Slism, we will look at what the long breath diet can bring to your fitness table and practical ways to go about practicing this weight loss method.
Breathing for health with the Long Breath Diet
There are many benefits to applied breathing techniques such as improved relaxation, detoxing your lymphatic system, and building rhythm when exercising. Similarly to the way isometrics or static contraction training works for your muscles, the long breath diet will work for your body, giving you the little extra you need to lose weight.
What is the long breath diet anyway?
The long breath diet involves breathing in through your nose while exhaling through your mouth while expanding your chest for elongated periods of time. It may seem simple at first, but in fact it requires more concentration that you think trying to stimulate the inner muscles hidden deep within your body.
It turns out that breathing this way it is possible to train your inner muscles not to mention get tight abs. Here is how respiratory breathing can help train your abs and inner muscles.
HOW THE LONG BREATH DIET CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Although there are many out there in yoga that practice breathing exercises on a regular basis, that doesn't mean that increasing your muscular strength this way is going to be easy.
People who actually tried doing these exercises will tell you that it's harder than it looks. Exhaling all the air in your lungs while concentrating on flexing your muscles takes practice to get it right. You will see how a Japanese fitness guru explains by example how long deep breaths can train your inner muscles and help you get a flatter stomach.
How to do the Long Breath Diet in only 2 minutes
Official Long Breath Diet Video (Japanese)
The best part about the long breath diet is that it's easy to do for just about anybody. By taking advantage of the fact that people breathe 24-hours a day breathing you way into a flat stomach has never been easier.
The 2 breathing techniques to be presenting in the following cover the foundations of the long breath diet giving you something to start out with in the beginning, your first breath in getting a slimmer waist.
Method of breathing no. 1 (Transcription)
- Form: Tighten your buttocks leaving dimples in your behind (check this by placing your fingers in the area formed by the compression)、place one foot in front of your body, crossing your legs, placing 90% of your body weight on your back foot.
- Hold for 3 seconds inhaling reading your body for full exhale.
- Using your entire body exhale strongly for 7 seconds (Making a sound similar to what you would put out throwing a shot put is effective)
Note that when you exhale you shouldn't be pacing yourself. In actuality, you will blow out the air in your lungs in a fraction of the time. Even after running out of air to exhale keep blowing while holding a pose in position.
Doing this exercise should take no longer than 10 seconds. Do 6 repetitions for best results. (1 minute)
Method of breathing 2 (3:13)
- Form: Tighten your buttocks standing straight up
- Breathe in for 3 seconds while sucking in your midsection.
- Breathe out for 7 seconds sucking your abdomen in even further.
Dan Tian is located about 9centimeters bellow your belly button. Focus on this area while doing this exercise for best results.
This breathing exercise should take about 10 seconds to do right. Do 6 repetitions and you are done (1 minute)
What to Take Away From the Long Breath Diet
The exercises prescribed by the long breath diet stimulate inner muscles in your body, increasing muscular strength, and boosts your metabolism. However, that doesn't mean you should pass up other opportunities presented by other diet methods, mix and match as they say.
That doesn't mean you are not going to work the muscles in your abdominal region by doing these exercises. For people not into exercise the effects are more noticeable sharply slimming down the area of your waist. The Japanese celebrity featured in the above video is said to have lost as much as 28 pounds on the long breath diet!
What many people don't know is that this person didn't rely solely on the long breath diet. That's the truth. In fact, he was able to do it by teaming with other exercises such as walking and changing the way he ate, the same way any other person would go about dieting. What leaves an impression is that he lost 28 pounds while doing the long breath diet.
Despite that, there are many good things that have to be said about the long breath diet. Like walking, breathing exercises can be done anywhere giving them the portability to be done anytime of the day. I'm not going to say that doing 2 minutes a day is preferred, it's important to increase repetition while building support around practicing breathing techniques such as dieting and other exercises.
Weight loss programs focused on breathing technique
Like the long breath diet, there are lots of weight loss methodology build around combining breathing and abdominal movement to train your inner muscles.
One of the foundations of Yoga is abdominal breathing (Diaphragmatic breathing) through your and out your nose. The breathing you do in Yoga helps strength your abs; but show even greater results in heightening your nervous system and helping you relax. It's no wonder why so many practice yoga to lose weight.
If you are looking for a way to slim down your midsection, Pilates brings a lot to the table. Just for something to chew on, the breathing you do during Pilates opens up your lungs possible increase their capacity. Because it's an aerobic exercise, it is advantageous when looking to burn off fat.
Draw-ins, another exercise that focuses primarily on breathing to slim down your waistline, can be done anywhere. With enough practice it is said that you can get good enough at it to do it while you are walking, making draw-ins undeniably an exercise you can fit in your pocket and do whenever you please without startling people nearby.
Breathing Exercise (Roundup)
It turns out that there are many ways to exercise just by breathing like the Long Breath Diet. Breathing exercises including abdominal breathing and diaphragmatic breathing take exercise to a whole no level. Weight loss worries are over when the plus sized women sings on a karaoke diet. Doing walking draw-ins helps you burn up to 40% more calories walking. Here we bring together all the deep breathing exercises you need to exercise more efficiently helping you get rid of belly fat.
It's amazing how much you can accomplish by focusing a little more on your breathing. You never know these techniques may be your secret for great abs someday. With that said, what's stopping your from trying it out?