Now on your list of 'THINGS NOT TO DO' drinking acid may well be one of them. However, a form of acid that may be standing in the way of your fat loss goals is HCL (hydrochloric acid). Now may please advise, do not literally drink acid!
HCL is produced in the stomach along with sodium chloride and potassium chloride, they form stomach acids. These stomach acids are imperative to survival as they help prevent most fatal chronic diseases and allow us to get the optimum nutrient uptake from the foods that we eat. We rely on mechanical breakdown (chewing) to break down food but we rely heavier on chemical breakdown (body's acids and enzymes breaking down food into components small enough to be used by the body).
Symptoms of low/no stomach acid:
- Belching or gas
- Bloated stomach after eating
- Undigested food in stool
- Excess fullness after food
- Preference to skip meals
- Food allergies
- Cramps (poor mineral absorption)
- Poor recovery
- Constant sickness
Contrary to the common belief, most people (especially in the western world) do not produce enough of this critical stomach ingredient as a result of poor nutrition and low levels of stomach acid can cause:
Poor absorption of vitamins and minerals (all the trouble of hitting your 5 a day could be for nothing, and how expensive was your last bunch of supplements?)
Poor breakdown of foods (impairing recovery and also stopping lean muscle gain due to preventing muscle protein synthesis)
Inactivation of hormones and neurotransmitters (neurotransmitters are our brain chemicals)
Poor enzyme activation (meaning food doesn't get broken down enough - hence the phrase, 'it went straight through me')
Imagine this scenario, you have been given a diet plan and a training programme, stuck to it despite insane cravings (caused by inability of balancing neurotransmitters) and after 6 weeks you have not seen any major changes! It is possible that regardless of excellent food selection and commendable diligence, the food you have been eating isn't being broken down into useable parts for your body to use, you have even eaten foods you don't like!
If you would prefer not to waste time on things that do not work, take out all guess work. Hormonal profiling (bio print), intolerance tests, improving stomach acid and digestive enzymes and even analysis of blood work could give you a stand out foundation and could see results before you even pick up that first weight!!!
Fat loss can be as easy or as hard as you make it. Once you find out your individual start point, adjusting your current issues relatively quickly you can press the accelerator and go.