Friday, June 18, 2010

instant weight loss

instant weight “loss”

given: "height" is a determining factor for appearance (in relation to weight). ..that's why b.m.i. (body mass index) has a height coefficient..wha???

since nobody is going to pick us up and carry us around the house (anytime soon), 
we can admit that the idea of "weight loss" is more about appearance than weight.  
in this post, we are going to address the idea of "appearance" using pounds per inch (ppi).  
that's the number of pounds that we weigh, per inch of height.   

most humans, over time, lose height because we “slump” into a less efficient standing and/or seated posture.  let’s assume that a 5’8” (198 pounds) individual has “slumped” into a 5’6” stature.

5’6”, 198 lbs = 3lbs per inch (ppi)

let’s say that with a slight posture change and some yoga, to facilitate more of a postural change, the 5’6” person now stands at 5’8”.

the math:
68 into 198 = 2.91 pounds per inch. 

this means that the "new" 68-in frame stands .09 fewer ppi.

since 68 x 0.09 = 6.8 lbs, this (same) person will appear to be 6.1 pounds thinner. 

we can 'lose' over 5 pounds of 'apparent' weight, 
by standing up straight! :)

what are the other benefits of improved posture?
  • improved breathing

  • improved self-esteem

  • Improved physiological processes

    • blood circulation

    • oxygen transport

    • lymphatic circulation

    • metabolism
don't blindly trust wIe, do your own research:


“There are 5 key benefits from maintaining a good posture.

  • Facilitates breathing: A good posture naturally enables you to breathe properly. I started appreciating this after I started meditating regularly a few months back, coupled with a good posture. I found a really a huge difference in the amount of air I could inhale between sitting up straight and slouching. This is why yoga, pilates and meditation exercises pay so much attention on getting your posture and sitting positions right.
  • Increases concentration and thinking ability: When you are breathing properly, you increase your thinking ability too. Our brain requires 20% of oxygen to do its job properly. More air, more oxygen. More oxygen, more brain food. More brain food leads to more thoughts and ideas.
  • Improve your image: People with good postures look smarter and more attractive. Have you ever seen someone with a bad posture and felt the person seemed unkempt, even though the person has not said or done anything yet? On the flip side, someone with a good posture naturally exudes an aura of assertiveness and appeal.
  • Feel even better about yourself: When you have a good posture, it helps to make you feel more self-confident, without even doing anything else different. Try sitting in a bad posture now for 30 seconds. Now, switch to a good posture for 30 seconds as well. Is there any difference in how you felt?
  • Avoid health complications: A bad posture results in several complications over time, such as increased risks of slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest, poor blood circulation. When I was studying in business school, I had a professor back who suffered from a slip disc when he was younger. Unfortunately, he can’t straighten his back ever since the incident and he now walks with a permanent slouch."


here's the ticket: with a little coaching and a yoga class (or two), you can easily increase your seated and standing height. (wIe?) can lose weight instantly. ..let's go for it!

can you add any additional benefits of improved posture?


* pencil drawing from the "curves" collection by joal martino.

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