By Neely Quinn
In this high-stress, ultra busy world we live in, it’s almost impossible to find the time to sit down, relax, and take a few deep breaths once in a while, isn’t it?
Yet, being unable to fully relax could be the ONE THING holding you back from achieving your weight loss goals. Why?
Because, when you’re stressed, uptight and unable to breathe deeply…
…your ability to digest and absorb your food properly is compromised.
The Sabertooth Tiger Survival Mechanism…
Let’s face it… If our bodies were so smart, they’d acknowledge we live in a high stress, busy world, and digest our food faster so we can get back to work and be more effective, right?
Unfortunately, that’s just not the case.
You see, our bodies are survival machines. They evolved to do one thing – survive. And your body (whether you like it or not) ignores your personal weight loss goals in order to survive.
In other words? Your body couldn’t care less if YOU want to lose weight.
When you’re stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol helps you metabolize resources in your body for fight – or flight.
Now, cortisol is GREAT if you’re running away from sabertooth tigers. But not so useful with the lower forms of stress we face in our work and personal lives.
The worst part?
Cortisol actually sabotages our ability to absorb and digest food!
And if you’re not absorbing your food properly, you won’t get the nutrients you need…
… and you won’t be able to lose weight.
Losing weight is a natural result of improving your health. And those precious nutrients are vital to do that. Fortunately, there’s something you can do right now to combat cortisol’s effect on your fat loss… reduce stress… and get your body ready to digest and absorb food properly.
The Abdominal Breathing Technique
A few minutes before you plan on eating, take 6 deep breaths.
Put one hand on your chest, and one hand on your belly. When you inhale, focus on your abdominals rising higher than your chest.
If it’s not, you need to breathe deeper into your belly.
Take 6 breaths over the course of a minute. Around 10 seconds per inhale & exhale.
By the end of this, you should feel much more relaxed – and you’re now ready to eat and digest your food properly.
Why this technique works…
This type of breathing activates our parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for “rest and digest” activities that occur while our body is at rest.
So by activating our PNS, we’re able to digest our food, absorb nutrients, and burn fat more effortlessly.
Now this is just ONE strategy to help you achieve weight loss success. So right now, let me share with you a really cool resource that will give you many, many more tips and techniques…
It’s a brand new event that started THIS week called “For Women Only: The Weight Loss Solution”– a Free online event that will help you finally – and permanently – melt away fat and get the body you desire.
(For the men reading this, don’t worry, we have plenty of great topics coming up for guys too, including a lot of great articles in November on Testosterone and “low-T” that’s affecting so many men these days)
This Women’s Weight Loss Solution Event is hosted by my good friend Neely Quinn and the team at PaleoHacks.com. They’ve gathered over 35 of the top weight loss experts in the world to show you EXACTLY how to finally and forever lose the weight you want.
In this event, you’ll learn…
- How to combat stress eating
- What to eat (and which foods to avoid)
- How to balance and take control of your hormones
- How to heal digestion, thyroid, and autoimmune conditions that are sabotaging your weight loss naturally
- How to “cheat” and still lose weight
- How to exercise (and more importantly, how NOT to exercise)
And much, much more.
The event runs from Oct 21st to Nov 12th, and will be FREE to watch for a limited time.
I highly recommend you check it out. It could be the final step to getting the lean, toned, healthy body you REALLY want.