Can A Low Sodium Diet Help Me Lose Weight?

The Truth About Low Sodium Diets

The answer is simple.. yes!

Most people believe that excess weight gain is composed of fat. In fact, all weight gains are made up of 3 components:

  1. Fat
  2. Water
  3. Lean Weight

As weight is gained, all 3 vary according to several factors. Such factors may include: diet, activity level, genetics and time (time it took to gain the extra weight). For example, weight gain may occur if your energy (calorie) intake over a short period is high while your level of activity is low. While as much as 90% of the weight will be made up of fat stores, a small percentage will consist of lean weight and water. Water weight is often caused by high levels of sodium intake in your diet.

Sodium is mainly found in the body’s fluids that surround the body’s cells (blood and lymph fluid). When your sodium intake exceeds the amount the body can handle, it builds up within the intestinal areas and your kidneys have to work much harder. A build up of sodium can cause the body to hold extra fluid (water weight) in the blood and around cells, which contributes to increased blood pressure and excess weight gained from water. The opposite effect may occur when an individual reduces their food intake. Water retention is reduced because the high sodium foods are reduced, and the kidneys have a chance to rid the body of the excess sodium.

So in short, yes you can lose weight by following a low sodium diet. Low sodium intake means less water retention and therefore less water weight. Also, low sodium diets typically mean lower calorie intake since you are preparing your own foods rather than purchasing packaged meals or fast foods. Check out this great website called Quality Health, which offers over 2,200 Low Sodium Recipes for free. Registration is also free.

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