Why You Should Shake Your Salt Habit

You eat right. You exercise. But still your scale won’t budge.

Despite your good intentions — and all the stomach crunches you can stand — you could be sabotaging your efforts by eating one ingredient that is guaranteed to plug you up, bloat you out and pack on the pounds.

That dreaded diet saboteur is salt.

Salt is everywhere and it’s devastating to our health and our waistlines.

Drop the salt and drop at least one size in just four weeks. You’ll also enjoy improved blood pressure, heart function, skin tone and energy.

In The Secret to Skinny, The Nutrition Twins, a.k.a. registered dietitians Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, pinpoint the foods that get and keep you lean by ridding your body of excess salt and revving your metabolism for maximum fat burning. They also out the everyday foods that are derailing your diet.

The “easy answer” is to eat wholesome foods like fresh fruits and veggies, brown rice, water and green tea. For more information, be sure to check out NutritionTwins.com.

Sodium is actually an electrolyte that helps keep your metabolism running, ensures proper flow of nutrients and waste into and out of your body, and maintains the acid-base balance in your blood. However, if you get too much sodium, you create electrolyte imbalances and you can’t burn as much fat as you should.

The Nutrition Twins say too much sodium will also take a toll on your appearance, causing a puffy, tired-looking face. A meal filled with salty foods can also cause you to retain water which can result in bloating. Even if you’re skinny, you’ll still look bloated and puffy from all that excess fluid.

The New York City-based nutritionists offer six reasons to shake your salt habit:

1. Salt increases the number of fat cells in your body.

2. Salt makes the fat cells you have fatter.

3. Salt prevents your metabolism from burning fat as it should.

4. Salt increases insulin resistance.

5. Salt makes you hungrier and thirstier.

6. Salt makes it more difficult for fat-burning oxygen to blast the fat in your fat stores.

NOTE: Salt is not the same thing as sodium. Salt contains sodium and chloride. However, to simplify, the terms “salt” and “sodium” are used interchangeably since most people need to reduce sodium and the best way to do it is to cut back on salt.


John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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