No, I haven’t lost my mind. Regular readers know that the mantra of this blog is: eat less; move more. I still absolutely recommend those activities. However, I have recently learned of a practice that seemingly gives you a positive weight loss return for almost no effort.
We need to flashback in time a bit. Earlier this month, on July 9 and again on July 14 I wrote about my experiences with Earthing. “What is Earthing? The book Earthing available from Amazon as you can see from the link, says Earthing is walking barefoot outside on wet grass or sand. This allows one to experience the healing powers of the earth simply by touching it.” I wrote that on July 9.
The book reports on a study of 30 healthy rats split into two groups. One group was housed in cages with earthing mats. The control group was not.
According to the book, “The control animals lived in similar, but ungrounded, cages. Blood samples were taken every month for six months and analyzed. Continued grounding resulted in progressive improvements….
“While abdominal obesity was not measured during the rat study above, the animals were weighed in at the first pre-test day and then again at each monthly blood collection time The random difference in average weight between the two groups of middle-aged female rats at the beginning of the study was only 1.2 percent (the ungrounded rodents happened to be insignificantly heavier at the start than the grounded animals) and then grew steadily each month to reach 3.7 percent after six months, the last date that we have received data in this ongoing study. What the numbers mean is that the ungrounded group added an extra 2.6 percent in weight after six months. Both groups were fed the same type and quantity of food. While the difference seems like a trifling amount, it translates to an extra five pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. ”
It seems logical from this study that just practicing Earthing is enough to ratchet up the burn rate in one’s metabolism. As you can see from the rat numbers, that can amount to several pounds applied to a human being.
Now no one is trying to get you off your diet and exercise program to steal a few pounds. However, if you were to integrate Earthing into your current diet and exercise program it seems you could expect to see even better results.
I am beginning my second month of Earthing. I sleep on an Earthing half sheet, rest my bare feet on an Earthing mat and walk barefooted on grass and sand when I take my dog for walks or when I take breaks from riding my bike. As a result of that activity, I can report postiive results in several areas. I fall asleep more quickly and sleep sounder than I did before starting Earthing. I am experiencing a slight improvement in the arthritis that plagues both my hands. I can report improved digestion and my resting heart rate has declined slightly from the already lower than 50 beats per minute rate.
You can read my Beginner’s Guide to Earthing, Parts One and Two for more details and some very informative videos.