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Sodium Vs. Calories

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My question for today is: how much does sodium really matter in terms of weight loss?

I'm well aware that too much sodium is bad for you in many respects and I'm trying to control it. I find this part VERY difficult. However, if I'm eating within my calorie range and I have a high sodium content, will that cause me not to lose weight?

For instance, king crab legs. I don't use butter or anything but just the crab legs alone have a TON of sodium but they're low in calories. Don't get me wrong, I do not eat crab every day (what do you think I am, The Donald?) but I like to have it once in a while and it doesn't bust my calories...but the sodium is a whole different story.

Any thoughts would be appreciated....
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    A huge deal - many articles on the net suggesting not only sugar, but salt may be one of the reasons some folks can't lose weight - I get enough in processed foods, so avoid adding salt to anything!
    2075 days ago
    Thanks for the comments everyone. This is so helpful!
    2076 days ago
    Erin, some people are more salt sensitive than others... if you find you react to sodium levels in your food (ie. *doing everything right* yet weight loss stops or blood pressure goes up with extra sodium then you might have to be cautious). However, if you are eating pure salts (unprocessed no fillers added sea, himalayan) salt is fine. It's the salt in processed food and regular idodized table salt (it has fillers and is not minerally balanced) that is VERY bad for you. Some people (like me) actually need higher amounts of salt to facilitate electrolyte balance and thyroid function. The sodium content of sea food is actually good for you because is naturally occuring salt... not something added. Keep eating the crab legs... excellent low-calorie protein!

    Here's an article(s) that that will help fully inform your choices on salt:

    Shaking Up the Salt Myth
    (read all five parts of the series to get the whole picture)

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    P.S. The site has some really good reading on all sorts of health/weight related things!
    2076 days ago
    I thought the calories have to do with weight loss and the sodium has to do with heart health. That's just what I thought.
    2076 days ago
    I noticed for me that even when I'm in my range and my sodium is high for that day, I will either gain a lb that I know I really haven't gained or I will stay the same. I just up my water and the extra fluid goes away! Don't worry about it, increase your water and try not to exceed your sodim too often. I have started tracking my sodium so that I am aware of just how much sodium I'm taking in!
    2076 days ago
    It depends on the source of the sodium. Iodized salt is horrible for our bodies, but Himalayan salt is VERY good for us and can be added to water or used as a seasoning.
    2076 days ago
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    The least you can eat, the better you'll be....

    2076 days ago
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