Reducing belly fat is a problem that bothers many. Belly fat is the stored fat around your waist. Excess belly fat can harm your health. Health experts around the world and studies over time have talked about the harmful effects of belly fat. It could lead to some serious diseases like high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and several heart diseases.
Leading a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and physical exercise can help deal with the problem. Yoga especially has a couple of yoga asanas and pranayamas that are extremely beneficial in melting this excess fat. The inactive lifestyle along with unhealthy habits right from childhood leads to the accumulation of belly fat over some time. Yoga offers a very healthy way to lose this fat over a while.
The following breathing exercises helps to deal with belly fat: Pranayamas or breathing exercises to burn belly fat
Surya Bhedi Pranayama
- Method: Surya Bhedi Pranayama is done by inhaling slowing through the right nostril and filling up lungs with fresh air to the maximum and then holding the breath and exhaling through the left nostril slowly.
- Benefits: The breathing exercise activates the digestive system of the body and if done over a period of time improves the body’s metabolism and burns fat slowly. The pranayama is best to be done in winters and one should not do it in summers. It also helps to reduce everyday stress.
- Method: Bhastrika Pranayama is done by sitting in sukhasana or padmasana and taking a deep breath from both nostrils and exhaling forcefully so that the stomach contracts.
- Benefits: The breathing exercise is extremely beneficial as it increases the metabolic rate, digestive health, and overall energy levels. This pranayama is very effective in releasing toxins from the body. It also calms the mind and fixes anxiety issues.