A few years ago, I made a major lifestyle change and lost more than 70 pounds, yet 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! I’m always open to natural remedies that can aid weight loss. Something as readily available as baking soda seems like a cheap and easy way to maintain everyone’s weight loss goals. But does baking soda for weight loss really work?
Sadly, most weight loss pills, diets, and magical mystery cures are simply trash, and often just a plain old scam. However, anything natural and I am game for giving it a go. Although it’s always wise to do some thorough research before taking the plunge— even if Mother Nature made it.
With so many weight loss myths and misconceptions out there, it’s good to investigate the most popular claims, in turn, separating the fact from fiction. Let’s find out 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’s readily available, as a fine powder, in grocery stores and mainly used as a raising agent in home baking. However, it does have a number of different purposes and reported benefits—such as weight loss.
Baking Soda for Weight Loss
There are many websites claiming how baking soda can help you to lose weight. Most of these claims are down to pH balance.
Now, without banging on like a high school chemistry lesson, your body has its own natural pH levels. If these levels are out of sorts and too acidic, it can affect your ability to burn fat. The alkaline properties of baking soda can help you restore the balance and hop back on the fat-burning train.
For people who have intense workout sessions, consuming baking soda can help prevent a buildup of lactic acid. This will help prevent muscle fatigue and allow you to push harder for longer.
Although obviously not a weight loss miracle by any stretch, it’s reasonable to think that it will aid your workout performance—helping you burn more fat.
Baking soda can also be used to make an electrolyte-replacing sports drink. Electrolytes are essential to help your heart, muscles, and nerves function properly, and when we sweat, we lose them.
Most sports drinks are ineffective and also loaded with sugar. But the World Health Organisation (WHO) has backed the use of baking soda in “made at home” rehydration drink recipes.
It seems that using baking soda as part of a workout drink could boost your performance. As a result, you should burn more calories and aid 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’s 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 great, natural ways to lose weight, but for me, this isn’t one of them.