Do you feel like you spend hours and hours in the gym and yet you aren't seeing the results you would like to see? Small changes in your diet and lifestyle could be the answer to dropping the unwanted weight you can't seem to get to budge. Your salt intake may be one of those factors worth considering.
Although salt doesn't have any calories, it can have adverse effects on your diet and can stunt your weight loss. An over-consumption of salt can cause you to retain water, adding to the water weight you are carrying around. It can also increase your thirst and hunger, causing you to overeat and in turn causing you to gain weight. It can also cause you to feel bloated, which is the opposite reaction you want if you are looking to eliminate belly fat.
Salt can be hidden in a lot of foods, where you may not realize it. Foods that are prepackaged or processed are key culprits to hidden salt content. Frozen meals are another huge offender in this category. Their salt content can be extremely high, and most people don't even realize that is an issue.
The body does need some salt to function, but only around 500 milligrams per day. The American Heart Association suggests that 2,400 milligrams of salt should be your maximum consumption. Scarily enough, most Americans eat almost double that, consuming around 4,000 milligrams of salt per day.
To avoid excess pounds from retained water weight, and excess calories eaten from increased hunger cause by too much salt make some simple changes in your diet.
If you are buying pre-packaged items, look for the lower sodium versions. Avoid putting extra salt on your food if possible. Most avid salt users will put salt on their food before they even taste it, simply out of habit. Take the time to taste your food before you salt it. It may already have enough flavor. Use other herbs and spices to flavor your food. You may find that you don't need salt at all.