Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Alkaline Diet Drawbacks

The alkaline diet has plenty of benefits. It can help you lose weight, boost your energy level, and even improve immune function. But in the interest of fairness, today I want to talk about some of the drawbacks of the alkaline diet. Although I am a strong supporter of this diet, no diet is perfect. And I believe you are most likely to choose a diet that is right for you if you have both sides of the story.

The first drawback of the alkaline diet is that it will probably require significant changes in the way you eat. Of course, this drawback is not exclusive to the alkaline diet. By definition, any diet requires you to change the way you eat. And in general, diets that deliver bigger benefits will require bigger changes.

Specifically what will you have to do differently to follow an alkaline diet? If you currently follow something close to the vegetarian diet or the Mediterranean diet, it may only take a few tweaks to adopt an alkaline diet. On the other hand, if you eat a lot of meat, dairy products, processed carbs, or sugary snacks or desserts, you will have to make some dramatic changes to achieve an alkaline diet.

A second drawback of the alkaline diet is that not all of the benefits that are claimed for it are supported by well-documented scientific research. Then again, this same complaint could be made about most diets. On the bright side, the alkaline diet is supported by some research, which shows that a diet rich in alkaline foods can reduce bone loss and muscle wasting as people grow older.

In conclusion, like any diet, the alkaline diet has both pros and cons. Whether or not the alkaline diet is right for you depends on your personal preferences.

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