Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves, because here comes the Long Breath Diet. This amazing diet is developed by the famous Japanese actor turned (self-professed) diet guru Miki Ryosuke. Ryosuke says that this ‘diet’ consists of breathing exercises that take between two and five minutes a day. Apparently no changes to your diet are required.
He developed the diet by accident while using breathing techniques to relieve back pain. Instead, he lost close to 13 kilograms and nearly five inches from around his waist in just under two months.
According to Ryosuke, the “secret” behind the diet is two-fold. It engages and therefore tones your abdominals. And second, it boosts your metabolism by increasing blood oxygen. Fat is made up of oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. So, when the oxygen we breathe reaches these fat molecules, it breaks them down into carbon dioxide and water. The blood then picks up the carbon dioxide – a waste product of our bodies – and returns it to the lungs to be exhaled. Bottom line – the more oxygen our bodies use, the more fat we will burn.
The ‘diet’ is based on two breathing techniques:
- Place one foot in front of the other with most of your weight on the back foot and your buttocks clenched. As you breathe in to a count of three you raise your arms above your head. You then exhale to a count of seven pushing all the air out of your mouth vigorously and engaging your abs.
- Stand upright with one hand on your belly and the other on your lower back. Oh and your buttocks clenched. You breathe in for a count of three, drawing your belly in towards your spine and then exhale for a count of seven, sucking in your stomach even more.