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How much weight can you lose if you cut your daily sodium intake in half?


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You see usually my daily intake of sodium usually averages around 7000 mgs. Horrible I know. I wanted to know if that can have an impact on my true weight in the morning. Also,if cutting it down to 3,500 mgs would make a difference in my weight? I know that I should be taking in 2,500 mgs of sodium but I'll start out small and work my way up to a healthy intake. Also I drink plenty of water, about 10(16.9fl oz) bottles a day.So I wanted to know if that offsets sodium retention or do I still need to decrease my sodium intake.

btw,my daily calorie intake is 1900 cals and 2225 cals with exercise.

Though I suspect my high intake of sodium could be due to the once a week binge I have every week, because usually my daily sodium intake falls around 5,000 mgs.I'm trying to work on that.

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I guess it would help you lose some water weight?

Water weight isn'tlinear, it will fluctuate depending on your hydration. Salt as a food won't account for any actual increased muscle or fat mass.

I know that, but because of my high intake of sodium,I wanted to know if in fact I'm constantly bloated all the time?

Drink more water it'll balance itself out regarless of the amount of salt.

Do you think 10 16.9floz bottles of water is enough for having such a high intake of sodium or do you think I need to take in more water for it balance out the salt?

That's a lot of water...........maybe look at your potassium intake........our water pump is dictated by our salt-potasium balance. You must be eating a load of processed foods, maybe look at changing some of your food choices.

Yes,pretty much.

A ton of canned food and I must admit that I overdue the soy sauce a bit on my veggies. I would imagine that my potassium is low since I don't think I take in a lot of foods that have a substantial amount of it besides a banana here and there.

Also,I'm trying to eat more protein since it's the only type of food that's filling.

I find whole grains filling too, but I guess it depends on the person. It seems everyone has a different opinion. :)

And I'm asian, so yes I put soy sauce on everything, and I find that my body doesn't do well with the high sodium intake. :S I've been adding more spices to my foods for taste, and i now i finally understand how cool spices are! just yesterday I made this lentil, tofu, mushroom soup, and usually I just add soy sauce or vinegar to my cooking; but then I randomly put in some cinnamon (i love cinnamon and put it on everything), and then I found some Cumin seeds and I was like what is this, so I just dumped that in. And then randomly it tasted like Indian food! It was so cool too, because I never have indian food, and I was like wow I can't believe I made this.

Point is, try spices rather than soy sauce if you want to cut down your sodium.

Also, I find that exercising and sweating helps "offset" my sodium intake. Like when you sweat, you can basically taste the salt. It's gross, but exercising is def good for using up extra sodium!

That's just way too much salt.

I would guess that only way you're getting that much salt is if all your food is processed or pre-cooked. I wouldn't be surprised that in the attempt to cut back salt you'll end up eating healthier food and will lose some weight simply because of that.

Original Post by belovedyou:

I find whole grains filling too, but I guess it depends on the person. It seems everyone has a different opinion. :)

And I'm asian, so yes I put soy sauce on everything, and I find that my body doesn't do well with the high sodium intake. :S I've been adding more spices to my foods for taste, and i now i finally understand how cool spices are! just yesterday I made this lentil, tofu, mushroom soup, and usually I just add soy sauce or vinegar to my cooking; but then I randomly put in some cinnamon (i love cinnamon and put it on everything), and then I found some Cumin seeds and I was like what is this, so I just dumped that in. And then randomly it tasted like Indian food! It was so cool too, because I never have indian food, and I was like wow I can't believe I made this.

Point is, try spices rather than soy sauce if you want to cut down your sodium.

Also, I find that exercising and sweating helps "offset" my sodium intake. Like when you sweat, you can basically taste the salt. It's gross, but exercising is def good for using up extra sodium!

I never tried spices. But then again I never tried actually cooking. What would you recommend putting on chicken and baked fish to make it taste better.

I exercise quite a bit,though haven't been doing it so much this week due to the weather and school work.

Original Post by kikt:

That's just way too much salt.

I would guess that only way you're getting that much salt is if all your food is processed or pre-cooked. I wouldn't be surprised that in the attempt to cut back salt you'll end up eating healthier food and will lose some weight simply because of that.

Yes and yes. I'm not really much of a cook,though I can't really say I don't know how because I've never actually tried. I mean I have, boiled, baked and made an egg scramble if you count that as cooking.Laughing

 

That's something I'll have to try out. Also,I bet if I cut back on my sodium intake I won't be thirsty all the time. Which you know,I've heard that can easily be mistaken for hunger.hmmm....

Original Post by gum_monsta:

Original Post by kikt:

That's just way too much salt.

I would guess that only way you're getting that much salt is if all your food is processed or pre-cooked. I wouldn't be surprised that in the attempt to cut back salt you'll end up eating healthier food and will lose some weight simply because of that.

Yes and yes. I'm not really much of a cook,though I can't really say I don't know how because I've never actually tried. I mean I have, boiled, baked and made an egg scramble if you count that as cooking.

 

That's something I'll have to try out. Also,I bet if I cut back on my sodium intake I won't be thirsty all the time. Which you know,I've heard that can easily be mistaken for hunger.hmmm....

I've got the German version of this cookbook (slightly different ingredients and recipes from what I can see, and of yourse a different language :-) )

It is by far teh best cookbook I ever had because the recipes are between easy and doable and everything I ever cooked from there turned out to be incredibly tasty.

I usually don't like putting a huge amount of effort into cooking if it's just for myself but once you get the hang of what you like and what goes well with what it's easy to throw something into a pan, add some spices/garlic/chutney cook some pasta/rice and just throw it together. Tastes better and is healthier.

Have fun exploring :-)

Thats an incredible amount of water... hahah.

but thats also an incredible amount of salt, I would really suggest cutting out all of the processed foods - whenever I eat almost anything packaged or processed I notice bloating. That is why I never eat it...ever.

Start cooking your own foo! its fun. instead of buying processed protein bars I just bake my own

processed foods (lost of sodium) = bloating

unprocessed foods = no bloating

its simple.

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