Here’s a question: What do the following celebrities—Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow—have in common besides being immensely talented, gorgeous and fashion icons? Reportedly, the ladies are all fangirls of the Alkaline Diet. Based on the idea that our modern-day diets cause our body to produce way too much acid, the Alkaline Diet puts forward the theory that the excess acid in our bodies is turned into fat, which in turn leads to weight gain.
How does it work?
The Alkaline Diet advocates cutting back on acid-producing foods such as meat, wheat and other grains, refined sugar, dairy products, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods in favour of ‘alkaline foods’, which reduce the body’s acidity levels. This translates as plenty of fruit and vegetables. The idea is that an Alkaline Diet helps to maintain the body’s acidity at healthy levels.
What are the pros of the Alkaline Diet?
The diet contains plenty of good healthy eating advice, such as cutting down on meat. Avoiding sugar, alcohol and processed foods and eating more fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes.
This means you will be cutting down certain foods that you may normally eat and replace them with healthier choices, which will also reduce your calorie-intake.
What are the cons of the Alkaline Diet?
Your body regulates its acidity levels, regardless of a diet. When cutting down on dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, you might need to find other calcium substitutes. As cutting out an entire food group is never a good idea,
Getting to grips with what you can and can’t eat on the diet can be time-consuming, particularly in the beginning.
Expertspeak аbout the Аlkaline Diet
The theory of the Аlkaline Diet rests on the fаct that eаting certаin foods can help maintain the body’s ideal pH balance (acidity levels) to improve one’s overall health. But the body maintains its pH balance regardless of diet. However, the diet lacks evidence and some versions advice that cutting out entire food groups should be avoided. A more balanced version of the diet provides a variety and includes all sorts of food groups.
If you’re planning to try the Alkaline Diet, you might want to pay heed to what nutritionist Nargis Somjee-Davidson has to say about it. Somjee-Davidson recommends that the dieter ought to “find a proper balanced plan. And then choose to stick to it to the letter of the diet”. She also cautions that the dieter should “beware of fad supplements and other gimmicky diets; it is best to stay as far as possible from them!”
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