What Does Healthy Weight Loss Involve?
The idea that you can only lose weight by restrictive diets needs to be banished. Your body needs certain things, and cutting them out is never going to help. Instead, changing your mindset and lifestyle to one which is healthy and nourishing will not only keep you fit, but it will also last for life – not just a few months.
Healthy weight loss might take more time, but it will last far longer – and you will feel good too.
Shifting a mindset is never going to be easy, and this is even more true when you don’t have all of the tools to make sure you’re doing the right thing for your body.
Where Does Oxygenation Come Into This?
We know how vital oxygen is – it is what keeps us alive, and we can only survive for around three minutes without it. But you might not remember the purpose of oxygen from your high school science lessons.
Oxygen is needed to burn the fuel – the sugars and fatty acids from the food we eat – in our cells to produce energy. Because it is directly involved in the burning of fuel, it also has a role in weight loss.
You may think that through breathing, we can get all of the oxygen we need to function properly. However, as we age, changes in the body mean that we can no longer get enough oxygen to the cells that need it. A decline in lung capacity, a weakening diaphragm and repeated infections of the flu or pneumonia can limit the amount of air that we breathe. This, in turn, reduces the amount of oxygen that we can deliver to our cells.
Without oxygen, those cells become damaged – they don’t have the energy that they need to repair and replace. Some studies have shown that this is what leads to a range of issues, from wrinkles to declining muscle mass.
Because your body can’t burn fuel as efficiently, you’ll also end up putting weight on when consuming the same amount of calories as before – and you’ll find the weight more difficult to shift, too.