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Breathing Exercises for Weight Loss

By Sharon Therien ; Updated July 18, 2017

Breathing exercises might help you reach your weight loss goal. Stress can cause overeating and emotional eating, but slower, deeper breathing can control stress by calming the mind and the nervous system. Also, through deep breathing, you can focus your mind and pay more attention to your body to promote weight loss.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing into your belly instead of taking shallow chest breaths can calm your body and mind to control your stress and improve your chances of losing weight. To breathe this way, the Harvard Medical School recommends that you sit or lie down and slowly breathe through your nose into your chest and belly so that your abdomen is fully expanded. Slowly release the air through your nose or mouth. Try breathing this way for at least 10 minutes per day.

Focus and Awareness

Try to focus and calm your mind by bringing awareness to your breathing. You may also use guided imagery, imagining yourself in a peaceful place, or progressive muscle relaxation, which involves relaxing your body one part at a time. Further encourage weight loss by focusing on your body and becoming aware of factors like hunger cues and emotional eating.

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