Less Sodium Article

You may be consuming food and beverages that contain high amounts of sodium without knowing. Fast foods, restaurants, and processed foods purchased in stores tend to be high in sodium. Consuming high amounts of sodium can cause serious health problems such as:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Body Fat

High amounts of sodium in foods can also cause other severe health conditions that are not good for your health. However, the focus here is how sodium can cause unwanted body fat.

People tend to ignore sodium when it comes to eliminating body fat. Sodium is overlooked because when it comes to what you eat and drink to lose weight, the main objective is to track how many calories you consume daily. Sodium does not fall within counting calories to lose weight, but it can impact your weight loss goal if you consume high amounts. It is recommended to consume less than 2300 milligrams of sodium daily for a healthy diet. However, people usually eat more than 2300 milligrams of sodium every day, which results in serious health problems such as unwanted body fat.

THE EFFECTS OF SODIUM

Do you become thirsty after eating something salty? That's because sodium attracts fluids. When this happens, people usually consume unhealthy beverages packed with calories and more sodium, making them more thirsty and consuming extra calories that the body does not need.

Because sodium causes thirst, it can lead to unwanted body fat because of the high consumption of liquid calories to satisfy your thirst. Sodium also causes water weight because it retains fluids. It can be difficult to determine whether or not you're losing weight if you consume high amounts of sodium that's causing water weight. This can make you feel like you're not making any progress when in reality, you are. However, since sodium plays a vital role in many processes involved in your body, it is important to consume it in the right amounts.

REDUCE SODIUM TO REDUCE YOUR WEIGHT  

To prevent any water weight and unwanted body fat from excess calories, you should reduce your sodium intake to a recommended amount of 2300 milligrams a day. You can do this by monitoring your sodium intake, as you do with your calories every day. Ensure to check the nutritional label of food and beverages to know how much sodium is in them to make healthier choices to help achieve your goal.

 Here are the foods and beverages you should stay away from which are typically high in sodium:

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