We are frequently asked the question, "How does Oxycise! compare to BodyFlex?" Both systems are based on increasing your oxygen intake. However we feel there are some important differences. Here are some of the features of Oxycise! :
1. The Oxycise! System is very thorough in training you educationally and motivating you emotionally. In addition, Jill has spent over 2,000 hours researching and improving these methods.
2. The Oxycise! Basic Breath is powerful in delivering lots of oxygen, but is also gentle and quiet. There is no harsh wheezing or noisy breathing.
3. You do not need to have an empty stomach in order to Oxycise!
4. With Oxycise! you do not hold your breath. Jill has explained why:
"The goal is to increase your oxygen consumption. If you are holding your breath, that means you are not inhaling or exhaling -- hence your cells are basically put on hold. (You know what happens when you hold your breath for a couple of minutes -- all metabolism shuts down permanently.)
"Also, there are some conditions like high blood pressure and glaucoma which can be aggravated by breath holding. It is also not healthy during pregnancy."
5. You may always contact us if you have any questions -- either by phone, or email. That means you have kind of a "personal trainer" to help you when needed.
6. The Oxycise! videos are presented in a methodical approach to help you achieve success.
7. Oxycise! is a lifestyle approach to fitness and weight loss and has supplementary helps such as the audiotape "Commuter Routine" to help you take advantage of the dead time sitting in your car. You can also receive the "Fuel for Success" book (an optional part of the program) which helps you have optimum results as you nourish your body with oxygen-rich foods.
8. Jill works with real people constantly. She teaches at medical centers, fitness clubs, health fairs, etc. This keeps her in touch with the challenges, abilities, and needs of the general population.
9. The Oxycise! Basic Breath is not difficult, but takes a little practice to learn. What makes Oxycise! so effective is that you combine several steps at the same time -- deep breathing, contraction of the abdominal muscles, plus various toning and strengthening body positions. Once you learn to coordinate these actions it becomes like "second nature". The Oxycise! workout itself is relaxing, yet invigorating at the same time.
10. Oxycise! becomes a lifestyle. You will find yourself breathing better all day long and doing little "extras" while you're standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for software to load, sitting at a traffic light. This keeps your metabolism revved up all day, without taking any extra time from your schedule.
If you incorporate everything Jill has in print, you will never struggle with weight again. Everyone who follows the Oxycise! lifestyle achieves results. You can choose how precisely you want to follow the methods and principles. For example, last summer Jill received reports from 3 women who had all achieved different results -- and each of them had put different amounts of focus and care into their efforts. Within the 3 months, one lost 11 pounds, one lost 25 pounds, one lost 40 pounds! Each of them were excited, because they went at their own rate. The decision is up to you.
You have the power to master your body from the inside out. All it takes is following the right road map. Oxycise! is the right road map. It feels good, it makes common sense, and it works!
All Oxycise! products are 100% guaranteed, and you may return them within 30 days for a full refund.
2. How does breathing right help you lose weight?
You have three main body fuels - food, water, and oxygen. Most people are aware of the fact that when you limit your food intake, your metabolism slows down, however, little attention is given to our poor breathing habits. You can last several weeks without food, several days without water, but only a few minutes without oxygen. Doesn't it make sense to you that oxygen will have a much quicker and more dramatic effect on your metabolism than any other fuel? Reducing your oxygen intake slows your metabolism and deprives each of your 75 trillion cells from receiving their most basic nutrient, and makes it impossible for your body to properly metabolize fat.
The reverse is also true - increasing your oxygen intake revs up your metabolism and allows your body to thrive. Breathing well is the key to a slender, healthy body.
Oxycise! delivers lots of extra oxygen and works your muscles at the same time. The result is more effective fat burning.
3. How has the oxygen connection been proven?
In order to function at full capacity, your blood cells, brain cells, muscle cells and vital organ cells . . . every single one of them . . . must have oxygen. Oxygen - it helps your cells metabolize nutrients for energy, maintenance, repair, and healing. The way you breathe has a profound effect on your heart, arteries, and blood flow. Breathing affects the diameter of your blood vessels, your blood pressure, and the work output of the heart. The activity of your brain is directly affected by the way you breathe.
Breathing is also your chief body cleanser. Elimination of wastes, debris, toxins, and body pollution is a major function of oxygen. Do you realize that much of your body's waste is eliminated through exhaling?
I'd like to share a secret with you . . . This secret is well-guarded by the $35 Billion dollar a year weight loss industry, and there are a lot of wealthy cosmetic surgeons and manufacturers of exercise gadgets and diet pills who don't want this secret to get out:
Fat leaves your body through carbon dioxide.
Fat does not dissolve with "magic" pills or drinks and come out in your urine. It does not melt away into sweat under neoprene shorts or waist belts. It does not disappear by smearing creams on your thighs or lounging in vibrator belts. And it does not disappear through wishful thinking.
Fat leaves your body through carbon dioxide! This is not just a premise. This is a physiological FACT.
When you breathe and take in oxygen, your fat molecules are combined with oxygen atoms, causing oxidation. The main product is carbon dioxide. In fact, carbon dioxide is the most abundant of all the end-products of metabolism. It is more abundant than waste eliminated through urine, bowels, and perspiration!
If you limit your breathing, your body will not be able to eliminate properly, so it will store the toxins and fat and you have to live with them all the time. How does that extra poundage feel? Not fully using the oxygen available to us has created the largest toxic "waist" dump in our country.
4. Everybody breathes, so why are so many people overweight?
Low oxygen occurs for several reasons. Here are 2 primary reasons:
1. Shallow chest breathing. Most of you only use a fraction of your lungs. Why? You wear tight pants, girdles, tight belts, hold your stomach in to look thin. More than likely you spend most of the day sitting down - working at a computer or desk all day, commuting in your car, going out to dinner, watching TV or movies. Our push-button society has all but eliminated the need for our bodies to move, and the result is a very low natural demand for oxygen.
2. Stress. Just because you sit down all day, doesn't mean you don't experience high stress and anxiety. You may not know this, but as you get excited, anxious, or stressed, your triglyceride levels go up in your blood causing clumping and sludging of your red blood cells. This clogs your capillaries and keeps oxygen from being delivered properly.
Could it be, that if you struggle with being overweight, or have some stubborn fat deposits that you can't seem to get rid of, that you don't have an eating problem, you don't have a motivation problem --- you have a breathing problem!
One of my favorite letters is from Erin Gadd, a college student, "I was depressed and desperate about my weight and had given up on any social life at college. I sought out your program and did everything you said. Within three months I lost a total of 40 pounds and 6 inches from my waist! I've maintained that for nearly a year without a lot of effort and can fit in pants I wore in 10th grade. In fact, a pair of shorts that I couldn't even pull up over my hips are now baggy! It is so fun to be able to hike and run and do other activities now. But the most exciting of all is I'm getting married next week! If I hadn't made these body changes, I would have never had the confidence to meet my new husband!"
5. Do you have to do strenuous exercise to get more oxygen?
Now do it with more intensity.
Breathe in fully.
Breathe out fully.
Congratulations! You have just discovered an amazing new way to increase your oxygen capacity, rev up your metabolism, boost your energy, and burn fat!
And you didn't even pull any muscles, injure your knees or back, pay for a babysitter, use special shoes, special equipment, need to take a shower afterwards . . . and you certainly didn't have to put any pills or chemicals in your body.
How does it feel?
Research has proven time and again that increased oxygen consumption promotes overall health and increases metabolism resulting in burning extra fat stores. A common misconception is that the only way to increase oxygen consumption is to pound your body until your muscles are in oxygen debt, requiring you to breathe hard - perhaps even gasp - to replenish the oxygen.
With Oxycise!, on the other hand, you come in the front door and feed your body plenty of oxygen voluntarily without bone and joint impact, or heavy sweating. Because you are not wearing yourself out, you can last longer and provide your body more of your #1 fuel - oxygen.
The results are measurable - not only do you lose pounds and inches, but more importantly, you reduce your body fat percentage significantly. Typically people go down 3% to 5% body fat in a month with these methods. I've personally measured as high as 7% reduction in 4 weeks.
Craig Kitchens, after winning a Mr.Utah Drug-free body building competition, did Oxycise! exclusively for a month. He was, of course, already in great shape, but during that month he went from 8% body fat to 6%. Not only that, but he tightened his waist another 1˝ inches. He wrote me, "The muscle hardness and definition I get in my abs while doing Oxycise! is equal to my regular workout of 400 situps a day." (Which would you rather do - 400 situps or breathing exercises?)
6. So, are you saying that all I have to do is just breathe more and I'll lose weight?
I don't have a magic pill that you can take so that you never have to think about your body again. What I am saying is that your body follows natural laws, and to keep it healthy you will always have to invest some time and some effort. What I've done with Oxycise! is pack as much as possible into a short daily time investment - only 15 minutes a day - to help you harness your body's natural ability to burn fat and increase your energy and vitality.
I teach people step-by-step how to significantly increase their oxygen consumption and combine that with flexing and contracting all major muscle groups. By doing this you will be able to measure a weight loss and inch loss very quickly. Not only that but you reduce your body fat percentage.
In university tests, namely the University of Southern California and the University of Colorado, Oxycise! was found to burn more calories than riding a stationary bicycle.
It's not motion or pounding or sweating that causes fat to metabolize - It's oxygen!
7. Why don't diets work?
If you were alive during the 60s, 70s, 80s, and now the 90s, your mind has been imprinted with the need to diet. I get so angry at the continuous promotion of appetite suppressants, diets, and limiting food intake in any form. This includes medically supervised procedures of stomach stapling, intestinal bypass surgery, and having your jaws wired shut. Surgically changing your body's digestive system is not only dangerous during the operation, but it keeps your body from doing what it is supposed to do. Your appetite is natural. You are supposed to feel hungry so you will fuel your body when necessary. Altering your natural body systems and responses totally confuses and messes up your whole metabolic system.
Due to the set point mechanism of your body, if you deprive yourself of food - either through starvation methods or surgery - you will gain back any weight lost with a few extra pounds thrown in for good measure. Intermittently starving yourself is the most effective way to add fat to your body.
Dieting causes obesity!!!
A new Oxycise! convert recently told me this story:
"I have a lot of friends who were losing weight taking appetite suppressants. They told me that I wouldn't have to go to any effort to lose weight because I wouldn't feel hungry and the pounds would come pouring off. I thought this was the answer for me. So I went to my doctor and got a prescription for the pills. I was actually taking the prescription at the time I read your book. I got to the section of the book that talks about setpoint and learned that dieting and pills play a trick on your body. I learned that when you stop dieting or taking diet pills, you will gain back the original weight and some additional pounds.
"I asked my doctor about this and he confirmed that when people stop taking diet pills, 99% of the time all weight will be regained, plus more. I didn't want this for me and I threw the pills away."
How can doctors knowingly prescribe pills that promote obesity and destroy their patients' health? It's absurd. The whole diet industry is based on erroneous principles. It makes my blood boil.
8. Can you eat anything you want while doing Oxycise?
When I changed my body -- now about 20 years ago, I made an effort to eat more fresh produce, however my fat intake was terrible -- lots of butter, sour cream, hamburger and other meats. In recent years I have improved my overall diet quite a bit -- mainly for the health reasons.
I continue to receive letters and phone calls from others who make dramatic body changes without changing their diets. As long as you don't start eating worse, you will still affect a change with Oxycise! However, I always promote eating lots of oxygen-rich food.
Your body is a wonderful creation and it follows natural laws. Does it make sense to you to dump any kind of garbage into your body? (You don't treat your pets or your cars that way!) If you continue to fill it with "un-natural" things, it will respond with poor health. My goal is to help people learn to listen to their body's true needs so that they can eat anything they "want" because those "wants" correspond to their body's real needs.
I receive many letters and phone calls from people who have discovered what a delight eating well can be:
"I never knew eating healthy could taste so good."
"I love being able to eat the same things I serve my family."
"It's hard to believe I'm losing weight without depriving myself of food."
9. If I do Oxycise! should I start taking antioxidant supplements?
With the vast interest in antioxidants, many people wonder whether Oxycise! will increase free radicals in the body.
There is evidence that pollutants and chemicals in our environment cause the formation of free radicals within the cells of our body and that this can lead to oxidation within the cell, a form of cellular damage. Antioxidants are believed to combat this effect. Some people believe that even oxygen in the air we breathe might have a similar effect on the cells of our bodies. We are aware that some experts encourage athletes to use supplemental antioxidants, since athletes breathe more deeply and use more oxygen than most people.
Since oxygen is essential for life, we feel that Oxycise! is beneficial to all cells and bodily processes. We also feel that a plant-based diet, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, will provide all the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and natural antioxidants your body needs. However some people prefer to supplement their diets with extra vitamin C, E and beta-carotene.
We encourage you to do additional research on this subject; We have encountered some "differences of opinion" relating to antioxidants and whether supplementing with anti-oxidants is necessary or even a good idea. We are aware of at least one doctor who, like Jill, feels that the best guarantee of freedom from disease lies in a healthy diet rather than a pill.
10. Is it necessary to do Oxycise! on an empty stomach?
No. One of the great things about Oxycise! is that you can do it at any time -- in fact it will aid in digestion and elimination so you certainly don't need to be concerned about whether your stomach is empty or not. You are free to schedule your life how you choose -- just be sure to include Oxycise! some time during the day.
11. Can anyone Oxycise?
Everyone truly can experience a healthier body by learning these deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises. It's effective for men and women of any age or fitness level - including those with back or knee injuries, or other physical limitations or disabilities. Jill has taught Oxycise! to people of all ages and from many walks of life: children, grandparents, business executives, cheerleaders, bodybuilders, moms, dads, elite athletes, people with asthma, with chronic fatigue syndrome, people in rehabilitation from auto accidents or surgery . . . people who want to lose 5 pounds to those who want to lose over 100 pounds.
You can do it right in the privacy of your home, office, or motel room - because all you need is you and the air you breathe.
Yes, anyone can do it anywhere.
A mother of four wrote me, "Oxycise! gives me a natural high and leaves me feeling really energized. You expect things that are effective to be difficult - and this isn't. It's very refreshing and enjoyable."
12. Can Oxycise! even be used during pregnancy?
Many people have enjoyed the benefits of Oxycise! during pregnancy. Jill has personally used Oxycise! through a pregnancy and she said it was fantastic! She had four children, and the first three pregnancies were very hard on her body; she felt like she waddled everywhere.
Jill used the Oxycise! techniques during her fourth pregnancy. She said it was wonderful. She really felt great during the pregnancy, and stayed so firm that friends and acquaintances couldn't believe she went full term. She had the easiest, quickest delivery she had ever had. Not only that, but she could zip up her jeans again within a couple days after the birth. And of course, her beautiful baby was absolutely healthy.
Be sure and check with your physician. Everyone has different bodies, and on occasion there are those who have various problems with pregnancy.
However, if you do not have a history of miscarriages, or other problems of pregnancy (other than gaining too much weight) then you should be fine lifting and tightening your abdominal area. In fact, by doing so, you will develop wonderful support muscles for that area, as well as getting toned and trim. This will help you avoid other possible problems with carrying your baby as you move into the last couple months.
You might wish to adapt some of the body positions to make them more comfortable as you get farther along. The Oxycise! eating guidelines are also fine for pregnancy.
Always use common sense and wisdom in what you do.
After your baby is born, Oxycise! is a healthy way to help you get back in shape and feel your best.. Often, right after delivery your body stores fat -- especially if nursing. This should subside with a little time.
13. Do you have any reports of men losing weight with this system?
14. I don't need to lose weight, but I DO need to firm up. Can Oxycise! help?
Most definitely! We have received a number of letters from athletes and others who were already in good physical condition before they even tried Oxycise!; but each of them reported one or more of the following results: improved muscle tone, inch loss, decrease in body fat percentage, increased level of endurance, enhanced sense of well-being and increased energy. Most of these individuals now include (or solely rely upon) Oxycise! as part of their regular training program. Click here to read Athletes' Results.
15. Do you have to do it forever?
If you are making a major body change, you will need to focus and pay extra attention to yourself for "lift-off." However, I have found that as you achieve your healthy body orbit, the techniques you learn in Oxycise! will become second nature.
One of the great things about breathing better is that you can incorporate it into your daily life so easily. Breathing deeply and well doesn't take any more time than breathing shallowly.
When you discover for yourself how great Oxycise! makes you feel, you will WANT to make it part of your lifestyle!
16. Are there any health conditions for which Oxycise! should NOT be used?
Since Oxycise! causes an increase in the heart rate and circulation it would NOT be a good idea for those who have blood clots. There may be other conditions that would be adversely affected by the increase in heart rate -- so always check with your health care professional for advice if you have a health condition, or any concerns or questions.
1. How do I coordinate the steps of the Basic Breath?
Jill's advice on the breathing: "Please relax about the details!" (Don't get so worried about when to do the 3 sniffs, etc. that you forget to BREATHE deeply!)
"The most important aspect of the whole routine," writes Jill, " is to INCREASE YOUR OXYGEN and really get it pumping."
"Be sure to relax with each big inhale so you can take in as much air as possible. Also, exhale fully -- so your abdominal muscles naturally flex and contract. Keep your body in good position and you're on your way!"
Here are some basic tips. (For details, please refer to the instructions given in the Level 1 Introductory tape and the book "Oxycise!"
Always RELAX your abdominal muscles when you inhale so you can fill your lungs completely.
KEEP your abs tight during the other steps of the Oxycise! Basic Breath.
Really power the air out on the Exhale. The more air you push out, the more of a vacuum you will create for the next inhale.
The best advice is to practice, practice, practice! Do the Basic Breath several times with Jill, while watching the Basic Breath video. Practice while you are sitting at your desk... driving...lying on the floor on your back...or standing in line at the store! Some people find it easier to concentrate on the breathing when they are sitting in a chair or lying down. (It may be easier to feel your abdominal muscles working in these positions). When you feel comfortable with the breathing, try it with a few body positions.
It's really not that complicated and it will soon become second nature!
2. What is the purpose of the Pelvic Tilt? When do I release it?
The pelvic tilt will help your body be in a better position when you are standing and will strengthen and support your abdominal area and spine while doing Oxycise! Instead of tilting your rear end out and swaying your back, you should tilt your pelvis in the opposite direction and flatten the curve in your lower back. When combined with the abdominal lift and tightening, it will work wonders for your posture and help strengthen your lower back.
It's OK to "let up" on the Pelvic Tilt and Bun Tuck each time you inhale -- then resume as you tighten your abs.
The "lift" is the lifting and tightening motion of your abdominal muscles which you will learn to do after each inhale. You should feel as if everything below your ribcage is tight and strong and "lifting" upward. Maintain this abdominal contraction during the three sniffs, exhale and three puffs. Then relax before you take in the next breath.
In combination with the "Lift" you should also scoop your lower abdominal muscles in toward your spine...as if you are trying to squeeze into a pair of jeans that are too tight.
4. I'm having trouble keeping up with the video tape -- what should I do?
It doesn't really matter whether you breathe fast or slowly. The important thing is to have lots of oxygen moving in and out of your body and to really use your ab muscles during the "Lift" and exhale. But if you want to be able to do the video along with Jill (and get the same number of reps in 15 minutes) you will need to gradually increase your breathing speed.
First, make sure you are comfortable with doing the Basic Breath. (see pointers above for Question #1) Then try to learn just a few positions at a time, maybe 4 or 5. Repeat those few positions as many times as needed to get a full 15 minute breathing workout. Add new positions each day or whenever you feel ready. Go ahead and stop the video if you need to... rewind it when necessary. Just proceed at a pace that is comfortable for you.
If you are doing the breathing at a slower pace, keep track of the number of reps you do. You should aim to complete at least 30 reps per day. As you gain experience in doing the Basic Breath you will probably find that you will have no problem following Jill's pace.
5. It's difficult for me to make it through an entire 15 Minute workout -- any suggestions?
The Oxycise! workout can be broken up into several shorter sessions, such as three 10-rep sessions in one day. This is just as effective as doing 30 reps all at one time.
6. Is it OK to do more than one Oxycise! workout per day?
It's perfectly alright to Oxycise! more than once a day. And of course, you can always fit in "extras" during a lot of your regular activities. In fact, Jill has created a 15-Minute Commuter Routine audiotape to help you take advantage of "dead time" spent in your car.
Oxycise! is one of those "good things" that you can't get "too much of"! But once you achieve your goal, you can usually maintain it with fewer Oxycise! sessions.
7. Is it necessary to do Oxycise! more than once a day to achieve good results?
Even though it's fine to Oxycise! more than once a day, you can still achieve good, steady results with one workout per day, at least five or six days a week. Those who do more workouts will have quicker results, but you should go at your own pace, not someone else's. Choose a pace that works best with your own lifestyle and goals.
8. Is it possible to do Oxycise! at work?
The office is a great place to Oxycise! You can have a great workout without getting on the floor. In Level One there are about 10 positions on the floor. Just substitute any 10 of the standing or sitting positions and you have a full routine.
You may also enjoy getting Level 2 or the other workouts, so you will have additional ideas to incorporate into your office workout.
9. How soon can I move on to Level Two ?
Before you move on to other workouts it's important for you to feel confident doing the Basic Breath and the body positions taught in Level One. To achieve your best results it's also important that you use real intensity in both your breathing and in doing the body positions. Powerful breathing combined with real muscle work will make your workouts most effective. When you feel that you can coordinate everything and achieve this level of intensity, you are ready to move on to additional workouts.
10. Should I supplement my Oxycise! workout with aerobics or other forms of exercise?
If you do Oxycise! with lots of gusto and enthusiasm, you WILL get an aerobic workout. If you like your other aerobics, then by all means continue. If you dread it, then let it go and focus on Oxycise!
Jill has said,
"I don't do any other 'official' exercise and I stay in great health, finding that when I participate in recreational sports I do well . . . even better than others who spend a lot of time at the gym. You see, Oxycise! teaches you to feed your body oxygen, rather than making you wait until your muscles are in oxygen debt and then gasping for air (which most sports rely on)."
Aerobic is any activity which increases oxygen to your body -- When you Oxycise! your heart rate goes up immediately. Jill has had several athletes write that they reach their target heart zone while doing Oxycise!
Breathing diaphragmatically is the ultimate form of aerobics!
Questions About Oxycise! Results and Maintenance
1. What kind of results can I expect with Oxycise?
"Typical" weight/inch loss results for a 4 week period are in this range:
1 to 3 inches from the waist
1 to 3 inches from the hips (similar amounts throughout your body)
5 to 10 pounds
3% to 5% reduction in body fat percentage
It's important to realize that every body will follow it's own unique "agenda" and rate of loss. Not all people see an immediate change on the scale. Some people lose inches first, but gain some additional muscle weight. Others might first notice a tightening and toning of their muscles. It's a very good idea to monitor body fat percentage so you will have a better idea of what's really happening inside your body. The goal is not to simply lose weight, but to decrease excess fat. Starvation diets will result in loss of weight, but part of that loss is muscle -- and it's usually replaced by a gain of additional fat. The goal is to KEEP and tone your muscles, but lose excess fat. The more muscle you have, the more efficient your body will be at burning calories. And the higher your metabolic rate will be, even at rest.
Jill writes that many people commonly reduce their body fat percentage by 3% to 4% their very first month of doing Oxycise! and adds, "Reducing it by 5% to 10% within the first two months is very attainable by those who live the Oxycise! lifestyle. It will continue to improve according to your body's needs until you arrive in the "Excellent" category on the Body Fat Chart." (See Jill's book "Chart Your Success") Jill recommends that Oxycise! participants "keep score" by monitoring three areas: weight, inch loss and body fat percentage. Most gyms and health clubs will test body fat percentage free of charge. Jill suggests that you have this done every month or two.
If you go to the Success Stories web pages, you will see that people lose at different rates. Erin Gadd lost 40 lbs. in 3 months -- which is quite dramatic. More typical are losses of 10 to 25 lbs. in 3 months. Christopher Litsey lost 20 lbs. in 2 months. Jill lost 50 lbs. in 6 months.
Jill emphasizes that sometimes people lose inches during a week when there is no change in pounds, other weeks the scale goes down with little change in inches. Sometimes both inches and pounds go at the same time. Muscle does weigh more than fat, so it is possible to burn fat at the same time you are building muscle tissue -- and though your scale may tell you nothing has changed, you have actually decreased your body fat percentage. We recommend that you measure both inches and pounds, as well as body fat composition if possible. As Jill says, "Keep the score, know the score, and the score will improve."
Jill has written the following:
"Greetings, fellow breathers! I've had so many personal emails about expected results with Oxycise! that I thought I'd share some thoughts here.
"First of all, you MUST remember that none of you are robots and all of your bodies are in different conditions. As you've read, some people start Oxycise! and have dramatic results within the first week (I've had people lose 5 inches off of one measuring spot alone. I even witnessed a man lose 1.75 lbs. during one 15 minute session.) There are also people who make very little change the first week or month, however, start to show change after being consistent for a time. (One woman wrote me who played around w/ Oxycise! for a couple months and made little change, then something happened and she lost 10 lbs. in 12 days and went from size 14 to size 10 jeans.)
"One thing that I've noticed in my personal life is that making the original body change takes the most effort and attention. After you arrive at a good size and state of health, it is fairly easy to maintain. That is my favorite part of Oxycise! -- I can maintain for the rest of my life. (It's already been over 12 years.)
"So just keep at it day after day, and you will arrive! When I tell people I lost 50 lbs. in 6 months, they think "I can do that" but somehow don't realize that during those 6 months, you will have weeks when you don't measure a lot of change -- and it's during those weeks that you need to stay self-motivated and consistent."
2. Does Jill do other exercises to maintain her physical condition?
The only official "conditioning" Jill does is Oxycise! and she has found that it keeps her in an excellent state of health. In fact, if she goes out with a group of friends for a recreational sport (hiking, mountain biking, skiing, etc.), she finds that she lasts longer than everyone else and she is not as sore.
In college, Jill went for a long period of time running 5 miles/day and working out with weights -- and noticed little benefit. However, with Oxycise! she not only feels healthy, strong, and energetic, but her body shape and size have gone from size 16 to size 6.
3. How wilI I know when I have reached the right weight for ME?
Here are some guidelines that may be helpful:
1. Do not try to look like models or actors. In order to have your body featured on the front of magazines, you have to devote your entire life to achieving that look. Many times, if not most of the time, it's only achievable at the expense of true health. You have a life. Let your body serve you rather than you being a slave to it.
2. Use the standard Metropolitan Life Insurance Height and Weight chart for a GENERAL idea of where you should be. Be realistic when you look at the chart and are trying to determine if you should be at the lower or higher end of weight range for your height. To get an ever better idea of where you stand and where you should be in terms of your own best size and weight, Jill's book "Chart Your Success" tells how to figure your own Body Mass Index and Waist to Hip Ratio. It also gives a chart for body fat percentage, which is really more important than how much you weigh. All of these "statistics" together will help you "keep score" and determine your own personal ideal. Jill has commented, "You know if you feel good at your weight."
3. Remember a former time when you loved your body. (Don't get distorted with this and try to fit in the same size you wore in the 6th grade.)
4. Will my past dieting "failures" affect the rate of my weight loss?
The speed at which you lose weight with Oxycise! can be affected by a number of factors. None of us live in a clinically controlled situation; We have different results because we live our lives differently. Another big factor is what you have done with your body previously. Many overweight people have participated in harmful activities such as long term fasting, pills, surgeries, diets, etc. and sometimes your body is still in "survival" mode -- It may take a while for your body to trust that you are going to be consistently healthy now. For best results strive to be very consistent and faithful about doing your Oxycise! workouts and combine your efforts with 8-10 cups of water per day and healthy eating. Do NOT "diet" or deliberately cut calories. See Jill's book "Fuel for Success" for suggestions on improving your eating habits and nutrition.
5. What should I do if I'm NOT seeing results?
When working with human bodies, there are going to be differences in results for a variety of reasons -- as you can well imagine. (That's why doctors even have to use different treatments for the same illnesses.)
The truth is that the great majority of people experience body changes almost immediately with Oxycise! That can be very frustrating for those who don't. In the past I worked with people individually and could recognize things that would help them. Now that most people learn these techniques with books and videos, there is always the chance that something is being "missed" in their personal interpretation.
One of the biggest factors in getting good results is to make sure you are doing the breathing properly. Please review the instructions given in the introductory video tape (which is part of the Level 1 video set) or review the written instructions given on pages 85-91 of the book "Oxycise!"
If you have the Oxycise! videos or books, but would like additional help in the form of some extra Breathing Tips, please write to the Oxycise! Staff, mailto:email@example.com
Do you have the books as well as the videos? Some people have found that by reading the "Oxycise!" book, they discover some things that they missed in the videos.
Also, if your body is "stubborn" in wanting to release extra fat, you may need to address your eating habits even more. I don't mean to diet or cut calories, but to eat "clean" food that your body uses and processes optimally.
The tips given in the answer to Question # 4 (above) may help you get better results.
I am attaching two letters that I've received recently. Carol didn't have any results at all for several weeks, and then things started to happen. The other is from Taja, who mentions that she saw results almost immediately.
Fueling your body with oxygen -- your #1 fuel -- is the best thing you can do for yourself. This is not something wacky or off-the-wall, it is basic physiology. Are you visiting the OxyChat Message Room to see others' experiences? Many people find that particularly motivational and helpful on their journey.
As always, our products are 100% guaranteed, so you are welcome to return them. However, I want to encourage you to keep it up.
Please let us know how we can help you further. Breathe on!
Letter from Carol:
"Now that I've been doing Oxycize! on a regular basis now for three months, I wanted to share with you some of the changes that my body has gone through. I didn't notice results immediately, in fact, for the first four weeks, nothing! But then dramatically, people noticed (almost overnight) that my face looked different, and my clothes were much looser. I have dropped almost ten pounds since doing your program, plus going on a diet of almost all whole foods. I wouldn't miss a day without the video, and on my way to work I use your commuter tape.
"I run better, can actually have entire days where I breath fully (I used to have panic attacks - I felt like I couldn't get enough air in my lungs). I know that you get tons of e-mail, and at the risk of being repetitive, I just need you to know that this is truly a remarkable product. It has broken a three month plateau and it has changed the way my body and face look! Even my kids are noticing. Thanks so much for giving us such a wonderful opportunity for optimum health and well being, and for your continued suppport."
Letter from Taja:
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. I'm so caught up in the perils of entertaining three children that I'm always short on time. That's one of the main reasons why I'm so grateful for Oxycise! I never have to use lack of time as an excuse for not getting in a workout. Fifteen minutes can always be found to Oxycise!, no matter what else is going on.
"I first heard about Oxycise! on QVC. I was already doing Body Flex, but wasn't seeing the results I had hoped for and also it was aggravating my back problems. I thought the price was certainly reasonable so I ordered. What a wise move on my part. My results were almost immediate. I was losing inches before I was even doing all thirty postions. It took me a full month to perfect Oxycise!, but I stuck with it and it has rewarded me for my perseverance. Within seven weeks I reached my goal. I can now were a bathing suit to our swim club and not feel like someone who just had a baby last June. I look and feel pretty darn good for being the mother of three children. Thanks to you, Jill, and to Oxycise!
"As I mentioned before, my abs still need some firming. I had a 10lb. 5 oz. baby last June and my stomach muscles were stretched to the limit. They have improved tremendously, but I do still have some work ahead of me. I have both Level 1 and Level 2 Oxycise! and I anxiously await Level 3. Do you plan on continuing to put out new tapes? I hope so. I would love an entire collection of Oxycise! workouts.
"You certainly may share my comments and success with others on your website and in your newsletter. I would love for people to know that it is possible to reach your goal. I am back to being a size 5/6 after gaining 70lbs. during all three of my pregnancies. I did no other form of exercise while using Oxycise! those seven weeks, just so I could be sure Oxycise! was what deserved the credit for my success. It is!!!
"Thank you Jill for always responding personally to my letters to you, and for giving us such a wonderful, effective program such as Oxycise! If what we have to say has any impact on you at all, please don't stop making new Oxycise tapes available to us. I'm sure you know by now that you have a very loyal following of Oxycisers, myself being at the front of the line."
Very sincerely yours,
Taja from New Jersey
6. Does Oxycise! produce long-term results?
Yes, Oxycise! can be a permanent solution to the problem of weight control! Jill has maintained her 50 pound loss for more than 20 years now. Many of the people on our Success Stories pages have maintained their losses for at least a year, and several have kept off their weight for 2-3 years.
Jill has written:
"Oxycise! becomes a lifestyle. You will find yourself breathing better all day long and doing little 'extras' while you're standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for software to load, sitting at a traffic light. This keeps your metabolism revved up all day, without taking any extra time from your schedule.
"If you incorporate everything I have in print, you will never struggle with weight again. Everyone who follows the Oxycise! lifestyle achieves results. You can choose how precisely you want to follow the methods and principles. For example, last summer I received reports from 3 women who had all achieved different results -- and each of them had put different amounts of focus and care into their efforts. Within the 3 months, one lost 11 pounds, one lost 25 pounds, one lost 40 pounds! Each of them were excited, because they went at their own rate. The decision is up to you.
"You have the power to master your body from the inside out. All it takes is following the right road map. Oxycise! is the right road map. It feels good, it makes common sense, and it works!"
7. What is Jill's personal Oxycise! routine?
Jill writes that her personal Oxycise! maintenance routine includes the following:
Oxycise! 4 to 5 times a week
lots of "extra" breaths and reps throughout the day
Eat lots of fresh fruits, veggies, potatoes, rice, (and . . . chocolate as needed!)
Be active in life and enjoy family
Jill adds: "I am a strong proponent of eating fresh, live, oxygen-rich, high water-content foods grown from the earth -- (see list above, except for chocolate -- which I don't promote, but I do partake.")
8. What can I do to ensure my own best results?
* Make sure you are breathing correctly -- with your diaphragm -- and not "chest breathing".
* Oxycise! at LEAST 6 days a week -- or even TWICE a day if possible.
* Do extra deep breaths when you are just "sitting around", waiting in lines, etc.
* Take in LOTS of air. This is probably the single most important thing. (But you will also need to exhale in an amount proportional to your inhales). The amount of air you are able to take in will have more effect on calorie-burning than anything else.
* Drink lots of water.
* Eat healthy -- do NOT "diet" or "starve" or "crash diet" (it always backfires later)
* "Listen" to your body's signals and eat when you are hungry, just make wise choices.
* Jill recommends: Eat lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. Also complex carbohydrates: whole grains, rice, corn, potatoes, etc. Raw nuts and seeds are high in nutrition and healthy if used sparingly (but they are also high in calories, so don't overdo it!) Jill recommends avoiding meat, dairy products, sugar, fat and refined foods -- the more natural your diet, the better. A diet consisting of lots of fresh produce is high in vitamins, bulk and fiber and helps you feel full, but is also lower in fat and calories. (For helpful tips and recipes and more information on healthy eating see Jill's book "Fuel for Success".)
* Be aware that you may actually gain a little weight at first (or not see a change on the scale initially) if you are adding muscle and increasing your lean muscle mass. Don't get discouraged. Enjoy your body's new energy and firmness. The weight loss will come as more and more fat is burned. It's a good idea to test your body fat percentage right away, then re-test it every month or two. This will help you see internal changes in your body composition that may not be so obvious on the scale.