How does breathing play a role in caloric expenditure? Breathing normally will burn approximately 70% of your daily caloric intake per day. If you were to increase the rate at which you breathe, you’ll burn more calories. This is likened to a blacksmith’s bevel, when heating up a fire. The more air, the hotter the flame!
So I introduce you to “Ibuki,” breathing. This is a karate breathing technique that involves belly breathing, while inhaling through your nose and a rapid, exhalation through your mouth, while tightening your abdomen, lower back and buttocks. This breathing technique can also be combined with tightening your arms and legs, as you would experience in a heavy bench press or squat, etc.
Please note: Any breathing technique, requires patience and practice. I also suggest that you seek the advice of your physician, prior to attempting this technique!
With that out of the way, we know that our lungs oxidize about 80% of body fat and fat cells store triglycerides which are made up, of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. When triglycerides are oxidized, fat leaves the body, via carbon dioxide-through the lungs the remaining by products of this oxidation, become water. As this relates to fat loss, nearly three times as much oxygen must be inhaled, to that of the fat being lost.
Translation: As aforementioned, the more air we breathe, the more calories/ fat is burned!