Thursday, June 12, 2008

Breathing Air with a Lower Concentration of Oxygen Than Normal Could Lead to Weight Loss

No doubt you have heard people say that they have trouble maintaining a healthy body weight because their body metabolism is very low. These people are referring to the basal metabolic rate (BMR) or "the amount of calories [a person's] body burns at rest when maintaining normal body functions."

Well an article written by the Mayo Clinic staff argues that low metabolism is usually not the cause of an individual's overweight problem. Rather, it's a case where the overweight individual is not burning enough calories to offset the caloric intake.

Still, there may be cases where an increased metabolic rate plays a role in weight loss. Hypoxic air, or air with a lower concentration of oxygen than normal, can raise the BMR. Research done at St. John's Memorial University in Canada showed that breathing hypoxic air not only raised the BMR in test subjects, but breathing the air caused the test subjects' bodies to burn fat rather than carbohydrates.

Now while the researchers at Memorial University point out that breathing hypoxic air may be a concern for some persons, the researchers also believe that continued hypoxic-air research could lead to new approaches to weight loss.

Bariatric or weight loss centers should monitor this study. In the future, hypoxic-air treatment for weight loss and weight maintenance may be a service worth offering.


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