Maintaining low sodium in diet is a key aspect to weight loss. A high sodium diet causes water retention, bloating and weight gain. This is how sodium affects weight and it is why avoiding processed foods and especially high sodium restaurant food is so critical to successful weight loss.
The Doctor’s Recommendation
Knowing how much sodium is recommended to be consumed per day is the first step necessary for good health and a healthy weight.
It is recommended that adults consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.
While a diet that is high in sodium is not healthy or advantageous towards weight loss, a diet that is too low in sodium is also not a healthy alternative unless it is prescribed by a doctor.
A diet that is too low in sodium can cause fatigue, muscle weakness, headache, energy loss, irritability, and more.
So unless your doctor has put you on a strict low sodium diet don’t suddenly eliminate all sodium from your diet just to lose weight, but instead, try to maintain a healthy sodium range of 1,500 milligrams to 2,300 milligrams per day.
Beware Of Sodium Content In Restaurant Food
Surprisingly many restaurant menu items contain several days worth of sodium in just one single meal.
It is always best to check the restaurant’s website ahead of time to be sure that you keep your daily sodium levels in check.
Don’t just rely on how food tastes to determine if it is high in sodium. Sodium can be hidden in any food. Even sweet desserts contain some sodium.
Finding The Sodium Content
Thankfully store bought pre-packaged foods are required to list the sodium content per serving. Just be careful if you plan to eat more than one serving of the food as the sodium level can quickly rise to amounts above the recommended daily amounts.
When it comes to restaurant food most restaurants list nutritional information for all of their food offerings on their website.
Another easy way to obtain the nutritional information of restaurant food is through an app. The one that I find particularly useful is simply called “FastChoice”. It contains over 600 restaurants with the complete nutritional information of their menu items.
The Final Conclusion
By careful observation and a little bit of research, you can become aware of which foods are on average significantly higher in sodium and choose other healthier alternatives.
Remember losing weight shouldn’t be a long, hard, depressing ordeal. It is all right and in fact, it is encouraged that you continue to eat your favorite foods. Just make sure to eat them in moderation.