How’s the weather? Is the sun shining? If so, did you get your daily dose of vitamin D?
In my last article, you got to know the possible effects of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ on weight gain. What if its deficiency is what’s blocking you from burning more fat? Who knows?
Anyway, today I’m going to talk about a plateau buster more related to your diet.
I’m warning you, however…
If you get scared when hearing the word ‘greens’, skip this email (and the thought of losing fat with it).
Let’s see what I’m talking about…
Plateau Buster #8
Be More Alkaline
I’m 100% sure that you’ve heard the word alkaline and diet together (probably mostly from Hollywood celebs where the alkaline diet was really hip a few years ago). It first rocketed in public awareness in 2013 when Victoria Beckham tweeted about an alkaline cookbook.
So what does alkaline means? A little chemistry lesson first. pH refers to the measurement of acidity or alkalinity of something (in this case, your body’s). While pH 0 is totally acidic, pH 14 is completely alkaline. pH 7, which is right in the middle, is neutral. So, why is your body’s pH level important then?
It’s important because when your body’s mineral reserves are depleted, it takes alkaline minerals from wherever it can, most likely from your vital organs and bones. So, over time this process can permanently damage our organs, bones or muscles.
But I know you’re here because of the relationship between alkaline pH level and weight-loss.
So here it is.
An alkaline diet is plant based (remember, fibers from fruits and veggies are good for you), so it promotes whole foods instead of processed ones. That means barely any added sugars. And no added sugar, plus whole grains, veggies, and fruits were always considered as a good way of staying (or getting) slim.
Be careful, however, since alkaline diets are usually darn strict and they might be hard to follow for some people.
It’s worth it though, in my opinion. Aside from its positive effect on weight loss, an alkaline diet has the following benefits, backed by science.
A 2011 study shows that a western-type diet, that’s likely deficient of fruits and vegetables, increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes (1). Moreover, as I mentioned, high pH values might damage your vital organs (especially your kidneys) and bones in the long run.
You can easily test your pH levels with pH test strips (they are cheap and easy to get). Both saliva and urine tests work, however the urine test is considered more accurate.
While the alkaline diet is strict, your body definitely gains from it. You don’t have to follow one, though. Simply increase your intake of alkaline foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.) and you’ll eventually get results.
Well, that was all for my 10th email to you. I’ll see you next time, where you’ll get your next trick to crush that annoying plateau.
Your friend in fitness,
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