Sunday, September 01, 2013
Last time I wrote about finding a sodium balance. I've seen results already since I've increased the sodium and electrolytes in the fluids I take with me to run/workout and in my daily diet.
My performance has increased. I get less tired after working out and overall. My body stays more hydrated, and I'm continuing to lose weight even though my weight/body fat/body water scale indicates I am better hydrated. I felt puffy the first day, but that has gone away.
The most interesting result is that I'm not as hungry all the time. After training for a while I would get to a point in which I'd be SO hungry all the time, I couldn't stand it. After I added more salt, I don't feel this way. I think my sodium levels were drained too low, which would drain the water from my body.
My mom suggested why: have you ever heard that if you want to combat hunger, you should drink water??? Well, since I was probably sodium depleted all the time, I had nothing holding the water inside my body. So I would drink and drink water but it would constantly just drain out. Now when I drink water, my sodium levels are better so it actually holds the water in, so I feel more full. I've also read that many times when we're hungry, your body is actually just thirsty.
So, I'm now 0.2 lbs from my lowest weight of the year.
It's kind of hard because in part due to what I was reading on Sparkpeople, I was avoiding it whenever possible. I think this is also why I would blow-up so badly when I ate anything with a higher sodium content. So I'm re-adjusting to salting my food.
I should add that I don't recommend this to everyone. In my case, I am a salty sweater with a high sweat rate, meaning I sweat a lot and have a high content of salt in my sweat. I'm dealing with the high heat/humidity of the Midwest, and I workout 1-2 times a day, with most of my workouts being outdoors.