There are over one hundred videos on YouTube claiming you can slim down using a tonic made with baking soda. One video has over 3 million views! The Doctors are here to let you know what the real deal is. Does this work?
There are claims it boosts metabolism and burns fat more effectively but very little reasoning behind how it does that. The recipes vary, some are more simple, 1 teaspoon of baking soda with water, and others add additional ingredients like lemon juice, grapefruit and apple cider vinegar.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork points out a lot of the posts say to drink this on an empty stomach, and yes, if you keep your stomach empty you probably will lose weight, but there is no evidence this drink works.
Here are a few simple tips that will work:
- Drink a glass of water before every meal. In some studies, doing this alone has been found to reduce overall calories consumed by 20%.
- If you are going out to dinner, spoil your appetite beforehand. Eat some carrots or nuts so you don't show up starving.
- Drink plain water. It will keep you fuller throughout the day and often dehydration is mistaken for hunger.