If you’re like 80% of adults, you probably made a resolution to
lose weight and get in better shape in 2011.
If you want to lose weight, or have been told by your doctor (or a
significant other) that you ought to lose weight….I’m here to
But first, full disclosure.
I’ve battled my weight, off and on, for many years now, going back
to college days.
Yes, even though I’m a fitness trainer, producer of information
products that help thousands of people improve their health and
fitness, a black belt in two martial arts, and a former collegiate
athlete – I too have had a few periods in my life when I have been
When I was overweight, I resolved to diet and exercise in order to
lose the pounds and firm up. I typically would join a gym and
embark on a conventional program of doing cardio, lifting weights,
stretching, and doing lots of abdominal exercises.
I even tried yoga and pilates (before pilates was popular!). I also
put myself on a diet and was very careful about what I ate.
I experienced success for a time. I would lose weight, usually up
to 10 or 15 pounds. I would be feeling good about myself. Then, I
would inevitably hit one of those momentum-stealing,
motivation-sapping plateaus, and the weight loss would stop.
It was hard to stay motivated at these times, because the pounds
just didn’t come off as quickly as I expected. I felt like I was
working so hard and depriving myself. I should have been seeing
Each week, I stepped on the scale. And each week, I was disappointed
at my lack of progress. Even worse, I sometimes found that I had
gained weight! Maybe it was just “water weight”, but who cares? I
was so frustrated and heartbroken that I would cry whenever I
looked at myself in the mirror.
I knew there was a beautiful body – MY beautiful body – in there
somewhere. But how could I get to it?
If you’ve tried and failed to lose and keep off a significant
amount of weight, I’m sure you can understand my frustration and
This is the point at which most people say, “Aw, what’s the use!”
and give up on their quest for a great body.
I wasn’t done yet, though. I decided to investigate and try one more
thing – something I thought could accelerate my results and melt
away the pounds.
Here’s what I discovered:
Through my training in martial arts, energy disciplines and
breathing methods, as well as research I have done into old-time
methods of physical training and health enhancement, I came to a
All the exercising and dieting I had been doing was good for me,
and I was getting some results. BUT I was missing a key ingredient:
Here’s what you need to know if you’re trying to lose weight:
One of the primary actions of deep breathing is to provide the body
with ample quantities of oxygen. Oxygen provides the spark which
heats up your metabolism, which in turn increases your body’s
need for energy, or calories.
When you engage in deep breathing on a regular basis, you pull more
oxygen into your system. This causes your body to more quickly burn
the calories you take in from food and drink. It then goes into a
deficit, and turns to fat stores as an additional source of energy.
Priming this mechanism is the secret to dramatic and lasting weight
loss. And the key is oxygen: the more oxygen you take in, the
faster the results.
So I leveraged this information I already had, but had taken for
granted. I put it to use. And my results were fantastic!
Not only did I lose the weight, including those last 5 or 10
stubborn pounds that you can never seem to get off…I also
toned my waistline and core to the point I could actually see my
Later, I shared the exercises and recommendations in this program
with a few of my private training clients. They also achieved
wonderful results using this method.
Maybe you have a lot of weight to lose. Perhaps you would like to
radically improve the results you’re getting from your current
fitness or weight loss program. Or maybe you want to lose that last
5 to 10 pounds so you can see your abs.
Whatever your situation, you can put this program to work
immediately to help reach your goal.
I call this the “Fire Up Your Metabolism” Program, because that
is exactly what it does.
I encourage you to check it out and put it to work for yourself.
You can read more about it at the Best Breathing Exercises
You Can Do It!
P.S. Another full disclosure: I’ve let myself slip – yes, me,
the so-called health nut – and I have some weight to lose. One of
my priority goals for 2011 is to get back into fighting trim. I
will be following this program to enhance my results. Why don’t
you join me? Click here to learn more.
Copyright, Karen Van Ness, 2011