The alkaline diet is a subject of curiosity to many people. As you would expect, the first thing most people want to know about this sort of diet is whether or not it will help them to achieve and maintain a suitable weight. In order to answer this question, let’s first talk about how diets work in general.
How does an acid alkaline diet–or any diet, for that matter–help you to shed extra pounds? The answer boils down to calories in versus calories out. Virtually any food can cause you to gain weight if you eat too much of it. It doesn’t matter whether we’re discussing greasy hamburgers, or a healthy salad overloaded with avocados and walnut pieces–if you consume more calories than you burn, you’re going to gain weight.
For this reason, the downside of the alkaline diet is that it doesn’t guarantee weight loss. Some alkaline-forming foods are quite calorie-dense. I’m thinking particularly of nuts and seeds, avocados, and certain healthy oils. These are all very healthy foods, but if you’re trying to lose weight, you should eat them in strict moderation.
Thus far, it probably sounds as if I’m pretty gloomy about the alkaline diet for weight loss. In actual fact, I’m just attempting to be realistic. The only way to guarantee that you will lose weight is by counting calories. Any other approach, from the alkaline diet to the low-carb diet, is not certain to make you lose weight. The good news about the alkaline diet, however, is that it stresses fresh vegetables and fruits, foods that are high in fiber and very filling, but usually low in calories.
To wrap things up, the alkaline diet can be an effective approach for weight loss, but just because a food is alkaline-producing doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want. In other words, be careful to eat high-fat foods in moderation.