Friday, July 12, 2013
In astonishingly bold language, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has all but ended the current war on salt. Given the paucity of evidence to date, this is not really a new finding, but the prestige of the CDC should put our collective minds at ease. Indeed, they confirmed other research that lowering salt intake too low, under 1500 mg or so, can actually be quite unhealthy, dangerous in the extreme.
As always, you should consult your doctor before making a significant change in either direction. But neither my regular doctor nor my cardiologist are concerned about my salt intake. I've had to even bring the subject up and I have hypertension plus one heart attack. They only want me to continue to lose weight and continue my walking. Unless you have some acute circumstances that your doctor will be sure to disclose, the benefits of losing weight trump almost every nutritional deficiency along the way. Only smoking has a more significant effect overall.
Over my many years, I've seen many friends and acquaintances give up on weight loss, trying to subsist on dietetically perfect food. Ever had a glass of low salt V-8 juice? It's all but undrinkable if you're used to the full flavor of regular V-8. It's difficult enough trying to lose weight without trying to develop new, granted very desirable healthy eating habits.
Eat a reasonably balanced, moderate diet. Exercise moderately. And while your weight drops, yes, experiment here and there with new foods and recipes and activities. It's a great time to find out what you truly like. Only when you get at or near your goal weight should you shift your attention to nutrition and exercise. Or so it seems to me!