Does salt lead to weight gain?
Bonny Shah

Bonny Shah
17 March 2020

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Ensuring that your sodium levels are in check will keep your body healthy in the long run. But if you're feeling bloated and seem to have put on a few pounds, excessive amount of sodium consumption could be the reason. Let’s break it down and understand.

Salt is a universal and a classic ingredient and needs to be a part of every dish and cuisine! Its key ingredient is sodium. Conversely, it gets exhausting to understand the grave repercussions linked to excessive sodium intake and trying to figure out your daily salt consumption.

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The relationship between salt and weight gain

When you consume large amounts of sodium, the body retains more water, and this consequently manifests as added weight. Consuming overtly salty, sodium-rich foods makes your body hold on to fluids and cause bloating. By and large, all packaged and processed foods, restaurant foods and convenience foods are loaded with massive amounts of unnecessary sodium.

What’s more, water weight is not the only weight that increases in your body. A high sodium diet is strongly related to higher body fat; particularly fat which tends to build up around your belly. Sodium-rich foods are high in calories. As a result, you end up consuming loads of sodium, as well as a lot of calories. Furthermore, research shows that when you decrease your sodium consumption, it is easier to maintain a healthy gut flora, which in turn is linked to a healthy body weight.

Dealing with the backlash that is associated with a sodium binge

  • Hydrate: Make sure you drink 3 litres of water per day, on a daily basis. Step up the water consumption after a packaged food binge. Drinking water helps your body flush out all the extra sodium from your system quickly.
  • Step up your potassium intake: Fresh fruits and vegetables are jam packed with potassium and they help lower sodium levels naturally.
  • Sodium restriction: Select low-sodium snacks. Be sure to reduce your sodium intake by opting for to low-sodium salts. Tata Salt Lite is a low sodium salt which has been developed specifically to provide 15 % lesser sodium than ordinary salt.

Before making significant dietary changes, do consult your doctor to understand the best alternative for your good health.


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