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Why Is Sodium Bad? Find Your Low Sodium Weight Loss Solution

Most weight loss advice focuses on eliminating bad sugars from our diet. Let’s shine the light on the bearing of too much salt in the diet and answer your questions and concerns about sodium.

Why Is Sodium Bad? Find Your Low Sodium Weight Loss Solution

Whether honey, dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and "natural" sweeteners just to name a few, sugar is known by many mysterious names and the biggest chameleon in the food market today.

Sugar has been blamed for obesity and for the increase in overweight Americans and has been the focus of many big public health campaigns, while its partner in crime has basically been free to roam through our food system.

"Why no public outrage over salt in our diet?" you may wonder. Because we have been focusing all of our attention on sugar, the public has become misinformed when it comes to the importance of moderating sodium intake.

With weight loss advice being so focused on eliminating bad sugar from our diet, it is time to shine the light on the bearing of too much salt in the diet and answer your questions about sodium.

Your Questions About Sodium Answered

Is sodium good for you?

Let's start out with some positive… Sodium undeniably deserves a spot in a well-balanced diet, as the mineral and electrolyte balances and normalizes fluids in the body. Sodium also helps send nerve impulses and impacts muscle function.

Why is sodium bad?

The negativity of sodium mostly stems from its largest intake in the Americanized diet, particularly in the forms of processed, convenience foods.

In fact, the average American diet consumes approximately 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium daily. To put this number into perspective, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) and American Heart Association (AHA) recommend no more than 2,300 mg per day.

Higher sodium also has a direct link to hypertension, and taking in too much of it can put pressure on your body's need to produce other nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Too much salt in the diet can lead to all types of different health problems, including cardiovascular disease.

Is sodium bad for weight loss? Does sodium make you fat?

Researchers from the University of Helsinki suggest salt intake is not only a significant risk factor for stroke and coronary heart disease mortality, but is strongly associated with obesity. There are a few theories that imply too much sodium can make weight loss a challenge, including the following:

1. The Food Sources
Starting with the more obvious… While sodium is virtually absent of calories, it is abundant in processed convenience foods such as chips, pizza, bread, among numerous others. These sort of foods tend to be laden in calories without supplying much nutritional value, along with being easier to overeat.

2. Link to Diabetes
A high-sodium diet increases the risk of high blood pressure, which also increases the risk of diabetes according to the NHS. Not only is diabetes a major health concern, but make weight loss a challenge, especially in the presence of insulin resistance.

People who are insulin resistant are unable to efficiently use in insulin, which is the hormone responsible for shuttling glucose into cells. The cells become quite desperate for fuel, which in turn causes them to send "I'm hungry!" signal to the brain and subsequently increases the risk of overeating. Those with higher insulin levels also store fat more effectively, which leads to an increase in weight gain and additional health concerns.

3. Increased Hunger Risk
While sodium was previously thought to stimulate thirst, researchers have now discovered it can increase hunger. And unfortunately, this can further increase the risk of overeating.

How much sodium per day to lose weight?

There are currently no sodium recommendations formulated to support weight loss. But remember, the AHA recommends no more than 2,300 mg per day, unless directed by your doctor. Keeping sodium moderated helps reduce the risk of fluid retention and water weight in the short-time, along with chronic diseases later down the road.

If someone gives you weight loss advice urging you to cut salt out completely, though, take it with a grain of salt… However, there is benefit from following a low-sodium diet and reducing the intake of convenience foods.

Low-Sodium Meal Delivery

BistroMD offers low sodium meal delivery straight to your door that is nothing short of convenient! BistroMD is convenient, personalized nutrition delivered straight to you.

BistroMD's Low-Sodium Meal Delivery

Unlike most frozen entrees, bistroMD's low-sodium, heart-healthy meal delivery aligns with the AHA recommendations, which fall at or below calories, sodium, total fat and saturated fat. Each meal contains 600 milligrams or less of sodium per meal, also falling below the DGAs and AHAs recommendation of 2,300 milligrams daily.

BistroMD's low-sodium meals also adhere to the dietary guidelines set by your primary care physician: Simply provide the bistroMD team with the specified amount of sodium permitted each day and they will take care of the rest!

BistroMD does all of the work for you, including the grocery shopping, meal prepping, and kitchen cleaning. Every meal is delivered to your kitchen fully prepared, so all you have to do is heat, serve, enjoy, and focus on other valuable things other than cooking!

High Nutrition in Every Bite

In addition to sodium reduction, meals retain an adequate nutrition profile with ample protein and fiber, all while being moderated in calories and fat thanks to the use of fresh, all-natural ingredients.

Every meal is doctor-designed and dietitian-approved and provides a scientific balance of complex carbohydrates, whole grains and fiber along with lean protein and healthy fat ratios. In fact, each meal contains 1,100 to 1,400 calories daily with 40 to 50 percent of total caloric intake from lean, adequate protein, 20 to 25 percent of calories from healthy fats, and 30 to 35 percent from complex carbohydrate.

The high-nutritional value keeps body processes running smoothly, lowers the risk of chronic diseases, keeps hunger at bay, and supports a healthy weight.

Low Sodium, High Nutrition, Higher Flavor

BistroMD believes taste is dictated by much more than salt. And by utilizing the freshest ingredients, chefs and nutrition experts craft flavorful meals without resorting to the salt shaker, even including pork tenderloin with mushroom marsala, tilapia with white wine sauce, and beef chipotle chili with corn pudding!

No Fuss Ordering

With all that bistroMD is, there is one thing that it isn't: Difficult to order! The simplicity of bistroMD starts right from the very beginning thanks to its seamless ordering process:

1. Pick Your Plan
Select a plan that works for your schedule and dietary preferences, including heart-healthy meals. To honor flexibility in personal schedules, choose from a full plan of 7 days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus snacks, a 5-day lunch and dinner only plan, or somewhere in between.

2. Make It Your Own
Once you order, a team of Registered Dietitians create a custom diet program personalized to meet your needs and preferences, while you also gain access to the member portal. My bistroMD puts you in complete control: Simply log back into any time to review your menu, make edits, and take ownership of your own custom diet program!

3. Relax
Remember, bistroMD takes care of all the work! So simply relax, pop your bistroMD meal in the microwave, and enjoy a satisfying meal within minutes!

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