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Are there good breathing exercises for weight loss?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

There is not a breathing exercise that burns calories to help lose weight. Breathing is quite effortless, and uses few calories. However, some people eat a lot when they are anxious, depressed, or otherwise feeling stressed. If such a person uses breathing exercises for relaxation, meditation, yoga, etc., he may feel better and eat less . . . And lose weight after all!

Answered Mar 26, 2013


Dr. Maureen Mays answered

Specializes in Clinical Lipidology

Weight loss requires taking in fewer calories than you burn. The best was to do this is to eat a bit less and do (exercise a bit more). The only exercise than "burns" fat is aerobic exercise. The act of breathing does use energy, but in general, it is not part of a weight loss program.

Answered Mar 19, 2012



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