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Does Oxygen Burn Fat?


I get so excited when I see good articles educating people on the benefits of oxygen. It is fantastic that the word is spreading about the usefulness and incredibility of oxygen. Increasing your oxygen right now is probably one of the healthiest things to do. Go ahead and take some deep belly breaths right now, you’ll feel better, I promise.

This is an article by Baldwin about burning fat with oxygen. Just check out what he found in all of his research on the topic.

“Sure, you know how to breathe…or do you? And do you know what breathing can do for you…beyond keeping you alive, that is? Did you know that breathing properly can help you burn fat even better than some exercises? In fact, studies by a California university have shown that simply deep breathing can help burn up to 140% more calories than riding an Exercycle.

Obviously, oxygen is important for life, and I think we can all agree that it would seem reasonable to assume that it has a great deal of importance for health, fitness, and weight loss. Not as obvious is that several factors have made our attention to oxygen even more important in the last few years. Studies show that the level of oxygen in the air we breathe is diminishing due to pollution and climate shifts.

Not only is the level of available oxygen diminishing, but due to the stresses of modern life and lack of physical activity, modern Americans breathe shallowly and process oxygen less efficiently. Most of us have never been shown how to breathe properly, and we are poorly able to take in and process the oxygen that can contribute to a successful weight loss program.

Oxygen, when used effectively, can increase metabolism, flush fat-trapping toxins from the body, and increase energy, decrease fatigue, and encourage a healthy lifestyle which can lead to a multi-level attack on fat in the body.

Oxygen is required by our intestines to help effectively process and absorb nutrients. In fact, this area requires more oxygen than most other tissue. When the oxygen supply is diminished, as is the case with most shallow-breathing Americans, this ability to absorb and process nutrients can drop almost 75%, according to research by the University of Edinburgh.

As expected, increasing oxygen availability increases the intestines’ ability to to process nutrients. Surprisingly, this change can begin to occur within a matter of minutes.

To dispose of fat already stored within the body, this fat must be combined with oxygen to help burn it. Research has shown that a large percentage of Americans use less than 25% of their lungs’ capacity. Merely increasing oxygen intake through proper breathing can increase the body’s ability to burn fat by 100% or more.

The process by which the body loses weight and creates energy depends on a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). By oxygenating body cells through effective breathing produces an environment which encourages production of this substance.

Cortisol and insulin are also produced within the body. In a normal situation these chemicals have beneficial purposes, however, modern stress can cause over-production of these chemicals over extended periods of time. This leads to many destructive effects, one of which is the storage of fat. Proper breathing keeps the bloodstream oxygenated, reduces stress, and decreases cortisol production.

Another major function of the body is the removal of toxins. Modern day invaders such as food preservatives can cause the glands that regulate weight to become less effective. Even worse, one defense technique of the body is to form more fat in an effort to store those toxins. Well over half of these toxins can be converted into gases which can be expelled from the body. Studies by one California Clinic indicated proper breathing technique could increase the removal of these toxins by more than ten percent.


First of all, regular (daily or almost daily), sustained activity, such as walking can, over time, guide your body to a deep breathing pattern which will eventually become almost second nature. By the way, strolling through the mall, stopping to look in windows or chat with acquaintances, has a place in a well-rounded life, but sustained activity means exactly that…sustained over periods of at least 20 minutes.

Yoga or Tai Chi are great examples of learning basic breathing techniques. In fact, the effects of these disciplines hinge to a great degree on the breathing techniques they teach. You can see why Oxycise! works so well for weight loss.

The simplest thing to do is simply start breathing properly. As an exercise, take a few minutes, standing or laying down. Feel your abdominal muscles stretch as you slowly and deeply “belly breathe” to bring large quantities of oxygen into your body. Hold that breath for a moment, tighten your abdominal muscles, and exhale through your mouth as if blowing up a balloon or through a straw.

The goal should be about 15 minutes of this a day, either in one period, or over several smaller periods throughout the day. Once comfortable with the technique (which may take a few days) you can do this laying in bed (great relaxer at bedtime or energizer upon awakening), while driving, sitting at a desk, or standing at a cash register. They can be done almost anywhere, anytime.”

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2011 5:29 PM

    Hello friends,
    I have jusy begun to use to log my food chioces and exercise daily. Needless to say, Oxycise is not a listed option under exercise! I can manually list calorie expenditures during a custom exercise routine. Any ideas on how many calories are burned in a 15 min. Oxycise routine with GUSTO! I am substituting 30 mins. of moderate stationary cycling for now.

    • July 7, 2011 6:57 PM

      Hi Jody!

      Thank you for your comment and your interest in Oxycise!

      The amount of calories burned depends on your effort and gusto while doing Oxycise!

      If you Oxycise! with lots of power and gusto, then you can multiply the amount of calories you would burn while riding a stationary bicycle at a somewhat aggressive level by 1.4 to arrive at an estimate of what you are burning while doing Oxycise!

      I hope this helps! Good luck to you!

      • October 7, 2012 2:01 PM

        Actually – you can multiply the calories burned riding a stationary bicycle on vigorous level, multiply by 1.4, and add that amount to original to see how man calories burnt. For a 160-pound person, one can burn 206 calories biking on a stationary bike for 15 minutes, as opposed to nearly 500 calories doing O! for the same duration if, as you said, done with POWER AND GUSTO.

  2. July 11, 2011 1:32 PM

    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Would that be 15 mins. of stationary cycling at a moderate level or 30 mins.?


  3. November 7, 2011 8:48 PM

    I totally agree. Learning how to breathe properly can really improve your overall health and ultimately help you to lose weight faster.

  4. November 21, 2011 7:11 AM

    This is interesting that oxygen is such an heathly giving often i have shied away from exercises and regular deep breathing.i will no longer shortchange myself to the detriment of my healthy.To me this is a better alternative to exercise for fat loss or weight loss.

  5. Becky N. permalink
    August 25, 2012 1:37 PM

    Hey Aubrey!
    Love my Oxycise for all sorts of great reasons (weight loss, asthma relief, stress relief, etc. etc) but I have run into a problem. I have recently been suffering with Piriformis Syndrome which is truly a pain in the behind. Lol) Do you think it could be caused by too much clenching and tucking under? I give a few extra squeezes when doing my sniffs) I know this may be a silly question but I’ve stopped doing my Oxycise since this condition flared up and I really want to get back to it. Please let me know if you’ve come across this before. Thanks!!


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