The day after I do a strenuous cardio work out I crave salt to the point it's all I can think about until I get something salty. Sometimes I end up eating a handfull of salty nuts or pretzels or chips, but I don't want to sabatage my diet. I don't want to drink sports drinks since they are loaded with calories and I am trying to reduce my calorie intake. Do you have any suggestions for changes in my diet to address this craving? Will this craving go away after my body gets used to exercising regularly?
It is normal to crave salt when you sweat a lot during prolonged, strenuous exercise, and it is important to replenish the body with a few high in sodium foods. Some that are also low calories are tomato juice, soups, and pickles, but most processed foods and fast foods are loaded. It's important to replace water as well as salt, and so drink water too. Going forward, it's best to be well hydrated before you exercise and then try not to drink more than you sweat. Once you become more conditioned and the weather cools off, you craving for salty food may decrease.
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