HEALTH: There's Something in the Air ; A New Exercise Technique Using Revolutionary Breathing Methods Promises Almost Effortless Weight-Loss, Says Peter Hemple
Hemple, Peter, The Independent (London, England)
In our efforts to lose weight, we have tortured our taste buds with countless diets and broken the pain barrier at the gym, while all the time the answer may have been right under our noses.
Oxycise is a new weight-loss programme from the US that is encouraging people to improve cardiovascular fitness and increase energy by absorbing more oxygen. Its inventor, Jill Johnson, was looking for a way to lose weight when she found a much-ignored equation: fat plus oxygen equals carbon dioxide, water and energy. Johnson deduced that you could burn more fat by increasing the amount of oxygen you absorb. She combined deep breathing with a series of positions borrowed from yoga, basic stretching and isometric exercises to create Oxycise.
Johnson, a mother of four, lost 31/2st practising her 15-minute daily programme, then wrote a book and made a video of the technique. Three years on, there are numerous Oxycise centres across the US and Canada.
The technique works on the theory that few of us breathe properly. We take shallow breaths and inhale less than half of the oxygen our lungs were designed to hold. …