Does Weight Loss Improve Your Singing Voice? (Eric Lupher)

By: Eric Lupher
By: Eric Lupher

It's a question I asked a Colorado College voice instructor. She says it's a good question to explore.

Hi 11 News Fit Club followers,

I noticed something different the last time I belted out some notes.  Yes, I'm a singer.  In fact, well before I got into the news business I was singing.  I love it!  Here are a few things you don't know about me:  I sang the National Anthem at a Denver Broncos game when I was only 12-years-old.  I sang at a Rockies game, the Mrs. Colorado Pageant, and on the steps of the state Capitol all before I could drive a car.  Now, at 26 I continue to sing.

You might ask, "what does this have to do with weight loss?".  Well, I'm going to tell you.  I was singing at an event over the weekend for the first time since I started my diet back in January.  For some reason it felt like the notes came easier to me.  I felt more at ease.  Then I thought about my weight.  I've lost 27 pounds.  That's when I put two and two together and thought to myself, "I wonder if my weight loss has released some tension or something allowing me to sing with more ease?"

I wasn't sure, so I contacted Victoria Hansen, Principal Instructor in Voice at Colorado College.  She said weight loss can definitely change things when it comes to singing.  "It makes sense that you would gain ease in breathing," said Hansen.  "Fatty tissue in the Viscera (The internal organs of the body, specifically those within the chest) can impede the descent of the diaphragm; therefore less fatty tissue will increase the diaphragmatic movement."

Hansen said I'm also helping my voice because my lifestyle change has me eating smaller portions which "reduces gastric acid that can cause reflux (GERD), a singer's nightmare because it can damage the vocal folds and airways."

If you're a singer like me and you want to lose some weight, I hopes this helps!

See ya,

Eric

 

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