More fat lost through breathing than burning

healthy womanA recent study by researchers at the University of New South Wales has revealed a startling fact about weight loss that is changing the way doctors and nutritionists think. They found that 80% of fat leaves the body via the lungs; a low 10% is actually burned and processed out via other methods like sweating and conversion of the fat to fuel in the cell. The knowledge that fat exits as mostly CO2 means that how you breathe is more important than what you are doing – within reason.

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Just breathing hard won’t do it

This doesn’t mean that all you have to do is hyperventilate yourself to a healthy weight; the process is much more complicated than that. It still takes motion and physical stress to trigger the breakdown of the fat into its three parts, and then to convert the majority of the fat to CO2. What it shows is that the target goals and ranges for exercise are much different than initially suspected. Just putting in the time to burn calories won’t be as effective as doing blasts of exercise that are cause you to also breathe heavily.

What the evidence suggests

The main change is an understanding of the composition of fat after it has broken down. While it has been known for decades that it breaks down into a triad of elements, the ability to measure the percentage ratio of the elements has been lacking. This new study was able to measure the ratio effectively and show that 80% of the fat is converted to CO2 and exhaled.

Changing and adapting your routine

The old school of thinking really looked to heart rate and sweat as the primary indicator that fat burning was going on. Now, science is looking not just at the thermogenesis but also at the rate of respiration. The deeper you can breathe while exercising, the more fat you stand to lose. This may bring about a new approach to help those with morbid obesity or mobility problems that prevent them from fully exercising to lose weight safely.


Here are some tips on how to breathe properly to promote fat loss:

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Tips for Fighting Allergies

fighting allergiesIf you have allergies, you know that you feel absolutely miserable when you’re in the midst of an attack. You’ll suffer symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, itching, and more. The best way to treat allergies is to figure out what is causing them and avoid it.

Find Your Triggers.

First of all, you want to figure out what is triggering your allergies. You can either visit your cosmetic dentist and get an allergy test or you can- by process of elimination- figure out what your triggers are. Some of the most common allergy triggers are: animals, certain foods, dust mites, medications, mold, and pollen. You want to make sure you identify your allergy triggers as specifically as possible.

Tips to Prevent Allergies:

  • If seasonal pollen is one of your triggers, make sure you stay inside as much as possible and keep windows and doors closed. Also, consider installing a filtration or vent system in your home to filter out the pollen.
  • Dust mites live in bedding and are one of the most common allergy triggers. Purchase some allergen-proof covers and seal your comforters, pillows, and mattress. Another option is to get a latex mattress- as long as you don’t have a latex allergy.
  • Get a dehumidifier if you reside in a climate with high humidity. Mildew, mold, and dust mites survive and thrive best in humid climates.
  • In the bathroom, use an exhaust fan or keep a window open.
  • Get a vacuum with a HEPA filter and use it often.
  • Don’t install carpet, or have any carpet you do have taken out. Dust mites love carpeting and it’s nearly impossible to get them out.
  • If you suspect that certain foods are causing your allergies, eliminate them from your diet. If you’re allergic to foods such as milk, corn, or wheat, learn some new ways to cook.
  • Saline solution can help to loosen nasal secretions. It is not a medication and can be used as often as you need it.
  • Carefully read labels when you’re using an OTC antihistamine. There are many of them that cause drowsiness. You should not drink alcohol when you’re taking them.

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Sugary drinks may speed early puberty

girl drinking sugarA recent Harvard study proposes that a diet of sugary drinks can force the early onset of puberty by almost 3 months for girls. That doesn’t sound like anything to be worried about until you look at the long-term effects of early onset puberty. The rush of sex hormones that are linked to high sugar spikes in the bloodstream can have a longer term detrimental effect on a woman’s health. Soft drink companies are not happy with this study, saying it is too early to point the blame at them. What the study does however, is point the blame at much more than just sugary drinks.

The impact of high-glycemic diets on pre-pubescent girls

The study focused on sugary drinks, but what researchers were focusing on was the level of sugar to look at the impact of high glycemic diets on pre-pubescent girls. The influx of glucose then triggers a rush of insulin and other hormones in the body. Some of these hormones are the sex hormones, and all of these hormones – in a blast in a pre-pubescent body can trigger an imbalance in trigger functions that will last through out the person’s lifetime. It can also induce menstruation 3 months earlier than the average girl would experience it.

Diet drinks don’t have the same impact

One of the things that the study looked at was whether or not diet drinks, and drinks with artificial sweeteners had the same impact on the hormone metabolism in the body. They did not find any evidence that a similar hormone trigger occurs with these. There is enough evidence that researchers are planning to pursue an expanded version of the study looking at the diets of pre-pubescent girls to further identify other factors from high glycemic diets that can impact the onset of puberty.

What you should know now

What you should know now is that early onset of puberty is not ideal for the health of girls. The research suggests that avoiding a high glycemic diet can help to avoid early onset. The average age of puberty should be about 13.8 years of age.

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