Are you stuck in the seemingly endless cycle of weight loss? Weight loss can feel tricky, especially if you always feel hungry. But here’s something to consider: in the course of one year, for every 100-calorie difference in your diet, your weight will go up or down approximately 10 pounds. If you think about it, that’s the rate at which many of us put on weight in the course of a year. Eating 100-200 calories per day is equal in calories to about one snack per day!
So here is a great secret to lose a few pounds or, if you’ve already lost it, to avoid putting it back on. The answer is Tums!
Let’s Talk Stomach Acid
Before discussing how Tums can help you lose weight, we need to address the constant grumbling in your stomach. Many of my patients complain of grumbling or a sense of hunger in the mid-afternoon (sometimes after dinner or even in the middle of the night too). Well, I’m here to tell you it has nothing to do with you ‘needing’ calories or food. Your blood sugar isn’t dropping, and you aren’t experiencing hypoglycemia.
What you are feeling is a build-up of stomach acid from the neurological problems being overweight causes. The acid builds up in your stomach, giving you a low-grade sense of nausea or sour stomach. When you eat some food, your brain signals your stomach to expel the acid through gastric avenues. After the acid expels, you feel better. The relief you experience from eating occurs due to the excess stomach acid emptying, not because your blood sugar has returned to normal.
We were designed to be Stone Age humans who would go without food for extended periods of time. Evolution has provided us with very sophisticated mechanisms to maintain our blood sugar without the constant need for food. And considering there are so many impoverished areas in the world today where people go without food, if we really needed to eat constantly to keep our blood sugar up, many third-world countries would be in dire straits by tomorrow.
How Do Tums Help with Weight Loss?
All that said, the grumbling in your stomach that you feel between meals is a build-up of stomach acid. What’s the solution? Tums (or any other quick-acting antacid). Chewing on one or two Tums will neutralize the acid, stimulate the emptying of the stomach and just as easily erase your sensation of hunger as your snacks used to.
Remember, eating an extra only 100-200 calories per day translates into a 10-20 pound weight gain in a year. That’s how most of us gain weight over time. Tiny portions of food here and there slowly put the pounds on. So when you get the mid-afternoon grumbles, put down those chips, pretzels, or almonds and chew on a Tums, the magic weight loss pill!