A few years ago I made a major lifestyle change and lost more than 70 pounds. However, from time to time I find it difficult to maintain my weight. I mean, I’m as tempted by a piece of cake as the next person! But I am always open to natural remedies that can aid weight loss. So something as readily available as baking soda seems like a cheap and easy way to maintain everyone’s weight loss goals. But does it work?
Sadly most weight loss pills, diets and magical mystery cures are a load of rubbish and often just a plain old scam. However, anything natural I am game for giving a go. It is always a good idea to do some thorough research though before trying anything, even if it is natural.
With so many weight loss myths and misconceptions out there, it is good to investigate the most popular, in turn separating the fact from fiction. So, let’s see if this household product really is the next big thing in weight loss.
What Is Baking Soda?
Baking soda is a solid crystal made from bicarbonate and sodium. It is easily available as a fine powder in numerous supermarkets. It is mainly used as a rising agent in home baking. Although it has a number of different uses and reported benefits such as weight loss.
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Baking Soda for Weight Loss
So there are lots of websites claiming how baking soda can help you to lose weight. Most of these claims are down to Ph balance. Without banging on like a high school chemistry lesson, your body has a natural Ph balance. If this is out of sorts and too acidic it can affect your ability to burn fat. Therefore, the alkaline properties of baking soda can help you balance out and get back on the fat burning train.
For people who have intense workout sessions, drinking baking soda can help prevent buildup of lactic acid. This will help prevent muscle fatigue and allow you to go harder for longer. Although obviously not a weight loss miracle by any stretch, it is reasonable to think that it will aid your workout performance, thus helping you burn more fat.
It can also be used to make an electrolyte replacing sports drink. Electrolytes are important to help your heart, muscles and nerves function properly and we lose them when we sweat. Most sports drinks are useless and just full of sugar. But the WHO (World Health Organisation) have official rehydration drink recipes where baking soda is included in the ingredients (source).
Therefore, it seems that using baking soda as part of a workout drink will aid your performance and in turn possibly help you to burn more calories, aiding weight loss, but is it safe?
Baking soda may have been used for years as a heartburn remedy, however, it is essentially a salt. It is incredibly high in sodium therefore drinking it regularly could lead to a whole host of problems such as heart and kidney issues.
Personally, for that reason alone I would avoid using baking soda for weight loss. There are many good, natural ways to lose weight, but for me, this isn’t one. But always worth investigating something new.