Baking soda is a common household item that people may use in baking and for treating indigestion. Some people try to use baking soda for weight loss.
People considering using baking soda for this purpose should bear in mind the serious health risks.
Below, we explore whether baking soda actually works for weight loss, as well as the safety concerns and potential side effects of using it. We also explain how to lose weight in a healthful way.
Some people consume baking soda as a way to lose weight. They may drink it with water or another liquid.
However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that baking soda helps a person lose weight.
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is slightly alkaline. Some people believe that ingesting alkaline substances promotes weight loss.
However, scientific research has not found evidence to support this theory. The body
Therefore, consuming baking soda to make the body more alkaline and promote weight loss is very
Drinking baking soda with water is one method that people may use to try to lose weight.
In some cases, this may help a person lose weight, but probably not because of the baking soda. Research suggests that consuming more water can
By drinking more water, people may not feel the need to eat as much. In addition, having higher amounts of water in the body
Consuming baking soda can cause a variety of side effects. If people ingest baking soda, they will
By urinating more than usual, the
Too much baking soda can
In extreme cases, dehydration from needing to urinate and being unable to replenish the water in the body may cause serious complications.
In severe cases, hypernatremia
People may also find it difficult to breathe after ingesting too much baking soda. If the body becomes too alkaline, it works to restore its acidity by keeping carbon dioxide inside the lungs rather than breathing it out.
Another very serious potential side effect of ingesting too much baking soda is stomach rupture, which can happen due to the rapid formation of gas in the stomach.
People are more likely to experience a stomach rupture after drinking alcohol or eating a large meal, as these activities increase the amount of gas already in the stomach.
Poison Control recommend that people do not ingest baking soda by itself for any reason unless a healthcare provider directs them to do so. In that case, they should only take baking soda as their healthcare provider recommends.
People should always contact their healthcare provider if they are using baking soda for anything other than baking or cooking.
The potential side effects of consuming baking soda in large amounts on its own or with water are potentially very serious. A person who has done so may need emergency medical attention.
People are more likely to reach and maintain their goal weight by losing weight gradually and steadily.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people lose no more than
An important step for weight loss is setting realistic goals.
These goals should be a mix of long- and short-term, each with a reward at the end. For example, if a person wants to lose 10 lb, that could be a long-term goal.
A short-term goal could be the number of steps a person aims to take each day to lose that weight. Other short-term goals could be walking to and from work or going for a 20-minute bicycle ride over the weekend.
Short-term goals should be specific and realistic.
For one reason or another, such as a longer day at work or family commitments, people may not reach their short-term goals. This is
Healthful eating habits are vital for losing weight in a sustainable way. Most people
It is important
Instead, the CDC suggest a
- Reflect on eating habits, both good and bad, and identify any triggers for those that are unhealthful.
- Replace less healthful eating habits with more healthful ones.
- Reinforce the new eating habits.
For example, if a person realizes that they eat too quickly, they can consciously focus on eating more slowly. They can do this by purposely putting down their eating utensils between bites, among other tactics.
Another strategy is to make a healthful meal plan, then meal prep for the following week. A person can make all of their meals for the week during the weekend. Doing this can help reduce the temptation of buying takeout or fast food.
As with physical activity goals, it is important that people do not think that 1 day of eating with their old habits means that all of their efforts are pointless.
Setbacks do happen, but it is important that people start afresh the next day and continue reinforcing their new, healthful habits.
There is no scientific evidence that baking soda is effective for weight loss.
In fact, there are many potentially dangerous side effects of ingesting baking soda in large amounts on its own or with water.
Poison Control say that people should not consume baking soda unless a healthcare provider recommends it.
There are other ways to lose weight that will likely be more effective.