Weight Loss Support - How do I stop adding salt to my food?




Kristeebee
05-16-2013, 10:15 AM
Hello, my name is Kristy and I'm a salt addict.

Yes, it's a sad fact that I have always loved salt added to my food.
Forget sweets, I'll take the salty stuff any day!

I have tried not adding salt to things and it's just so bland that I
really don't enjoy it at all. I've also tried adding more pepper or spices
instead but it's always missing that one thing... hmmm I wonder what that
one thing could be... could it be sodium?!?!?! :dizzy:

I've also tried using sea salt, as they say you will add less of it
because it's more potent. Not. I add just the same amount.

And I bet I have major water retention because of this.
Good thing I drink 4 litres of water a day or I would really be in trouble.

Does anyone else have this addiction? Have you overcome it? HOW?


Have a great day, everyone :wave:


CherryPie99
05-16-2013, 12:12 PM
Is there a reason you need to cut down on salt? If you don't have any BP issues, there may not be a reason for you to cut it out.

If you are using it regularly, it shouldn't effect your weight - you might temporarily drop if you stopped using it, but it's only water and won't make a difference in the long run.

Jen

sacha
05-16-2013, 12:26 PM
Cold turkey. Once you've gone a bit without added salt, your tastebuds will adjust.


Remington90
05-16-2013, 12:38 PM
There are substitutes for salt. One in particular is called "No Salt". I wouldn't have ever heard of it except my dad had a heart attack a year or 2 ago, and I was always concerned about his salt intake. We have heart disease in our family and he is overweight. After his heart attack I (without him OR my mom knowing) switched the salt in the salt shaker from "normal" salt to No Salt. They haven't noticed haha. Maybe try that?

I don't like salt. I never ever add ti to anything and prefer to eat foods and prepared dishes with the least amount as I can. I don't know why I've just always been like this. Haven't had a craving for sweets either.

glitterhairdye
05-16-2013, 01:03 PM
I think cold turkey is your best bet. You have to retrain your taste buds.

geoblewis
05-16-2013, 01:14 PM
I really enjoy using salt in my food. I don't worry about adding salt when I cook any more because I stopped eating nearly all processed food. I found that processed food and eating out had more salt than anything I added to my food. I get unsalted butter, I don't eat breads or snack foods, I don't go out much. If I have a craving for beef jerky, I go ahead and eat it because it's not something I have every month.

Another trick I have used is to measure out how much salt I intend to use in a day ahead of time, into a separate container. We're told that we should only have about a teaspoon of salt per day. So I don't salt something until after I cook it, just before I eat it. That's when it counts the most to me.

ichoose2believe
05-16-2013, 01:36 PM
I use NuSalt or none at all. I try other flavor like lime to my food. My dad has HBP so I have learned to tone it down. And since I have heavy myself I have learned to watch it. Although when its TOM I love me some Lime Chips with Pickles.

novangel
05-16-2013, 01:58 PM
I add salt to almost everything and still lost all of my excess weight, minus the temporary bloat I don't see an issue. I even recently read that the once thought correlation between salt and high BP is now false. Salt on with your bad self...

Everything in moderation. ;)

TripSwitch
05-16-2013, 02:23 PM
Salt can be a tricky issue from a dietary standpoint... Especially since not everyone is a as sensitive to it as others... And definitely if you have certain underlying conditions than excess salt can be a "no-no"... But if we are just talking about cutting down from the "average" 5,000 to 6,000 mg's of sodium that many people consume a day to just the RDA's of 2,400 mg or 1,800 mg or less if you have certain underlying issues... Well that's pretty doable... Just by making some simple changes... It does take a bit of adjustment... and yes, certain things might taste a little bit bland at first, but your taste buds do adjust... It just takes a bit of time...

Arctic Mama
05-16-2013, 02:38 PM
Is there a reason you're concerned about salt? For most folks it can be perfectly healthy - and if your diet isn't jammed full of processed foods you can add plenty of salt to your daily fare and not actually be that high up in sodium. Prepackaged and processed food products are where most of the sodium is at, not adding salt to a baked potato.

Robin41
05-16-2013, 03:01 PM
I switched my husband to the half sodium type and he's never noticed the difference. Went half and half for awhile, then one quarter three quarters, and then just switched out to the half sodium and he had no clue. I did the same with milk. He drank whole milk so I started mixing it with 2% until I got him down to all 2% and he never even realized it.

He's the type that automatically resists any change to how he eats, so I fool him a bit and then announce later, after he's used to it, that we've made the switch. He grumbles a bit but there's not much he can say when he never noticed the difference.

You don't have to drop the salt overnight; simply change it out a little at a time for a half or no sodium alternative.

joefla70
05-16-2013, 03:16 PM
I've always suspected that weight loss clinics tell you to limit your salt so that you won't retain water and, thus, you'll show a lower number on the scale when you go to weigh in. I figured that they do this for obvious reasons -- so that you don't have a water retention which makes it look like you haven't lost any fat -- or that you gained some -, when in reality you may have lost fat, but just gained water weight.

krampus
05-16-2013, 03:23 PM
Japanese people live forever and their diet is very very very salty.

I put myself on a pointlessly low sodium diet a couple years back and now I'm oversensitive to salt and feel disgusting whenever I enjoy something perfectly healthy that is just a little salty. Don't do it!

Munchy
05-16-2013, 03:46 PM
Is there a reason you're concerned about salt? For most folks it can be perfectly healthy - and if your diet isn't jammed full of processed foods you can add plenty of salt to your daily fare and not actually be that high up in sodium. Prepackaged and processed food products are where most of the sodium is at, not adding salt to a baked potato.

Yep!

Eat
05-16-2013, 08:21 PM
You could do the Rapid Fat Loss diet which requires you to supplement with sodium, in the neighborhood of 3-5grams. You basically have to salt everything you eat to get that amount.

lunarsongbird
05-16-2013, 10:21 PM
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/05/15/study-no-health-benefit-seen-in-adopting-low-sodium-diet/

Do you think you may have an adrenal problem? Although it sounds funny, and Eat mentioned it, I used to have crazy salt cravings, but I went to an herbalist that actually had me supplement with salt water every morning and eventually my salt cravings went away. I also started sleeping better.

I recommend Real Salt- http://realsalt.com/

Kristeebee
05-17-2013, 10:31 AM
Good recommendations, guys!
My fingers actually bloat up when I eat too much salt...
I'm pretty sure my belly does too.

mimsyborogoves
05-17-2013, 10:53 AM
You know what I have a problem with? Soy sauce. OMG the soy sauce. If there is Asian food, or a rice dish that doesn't have some sort of gravy or other kind of sauce on top of it, guess what IS going on top of it? SOY SAUCE. And I try to limit it to one or two tablespoons if I'm able to measure it, but if I'm at a restaurant? Oh lord at the soy sauce. So I totally get where you're coming from with extra salt.

Fortunately, I might have a little extra water weight at times but over all it hasn't really affected my weight. I'm with everyone else and this goes for everything else with me, if it doesn't cause you any problems, why worry about it? It's kind of like artificial sweeteners; yeah, they are bad for you, and excess salt isn't really good for you, but if you use them regularly and they aren't causing you any problems, then I say unless you START having problems or a doctor tells you to stop, I wouldn't worry about it. All it does is cause unnecessary stress.

Telorida
05-17-2013, 11:24 AM
I am right there with you about salt, except I'm not trying to limit it. In spite of my weight, my blood pressure has never been a problem for me and my doctor has never told me to limit my salt.

I grew up liking it because my father oversalted food that was cooked.

freelancemomma
05-17-2013, 12:08 PM
Japanese people live forever and their diet is very very very salty.

Yeah, when I went to live in Japan I couldn't BELIEVE how salty everything tasted. Then I got used to it! As you say, there's nothing inherently bad about salt. People with high blood pressure are advised to keep their sodium content fairly low to avoid water retention (which requires the heart to work harder to move the extra liquid in the blood), but sodium does not CAUSE high blood pressure. (I place no limits on my use of salt, other than taste, and have a blood pressure of 110/65.)

Freelance

TripSwitch
05-17-2013, 12:22 PM
Sorry to go off topic... But actually, yesterday when I was cleaning out my inbox at work... I came across a study that apparently was attempting to link excessive sodium consumption with MS and auto immune disorders... I was actually, quite surprised since it was the first time that I heard of the research... and this thread made me wonder about it... Has anyone else heard of concerns like this when it comes to salt?

novangel
05-18-2013, 12:05 AM
I came across a study that apparently was attempting to link excessive sodium consumption with MS and auto immune disorders... I was actually, quite surprised since it was the first time that I heard of the research... and this thread made me wonder about it... Has anyone else heard of concerns like this when it comes to salt?

90% of America would have MS.

Skinnyminnie Wannabe
05-18-2013, 12:06 AM
Salt can be a tricky issue from a dietary standpoint... Especially since not everyone is a as sensitive to it as others... And definitely if you have certain underlying conditions than excess salt can be a "no-no"... But if we are just talking about cutting down from the "average" 5,000 to 6,000 mg's of sodium that many people consume a day to just the RDA's of 2,400 mg or 1,800 mg or less if you have certain underlying issues... Well that's pretty doable... Just by making some simple changes... It does take a bit of adjustment... and yes, certain things might taste a little bit bland at first, but your taste buds do adjust... It just takes a bit of time...

^This^ maybe along with geoblewis's suggestion to measure out the salt for the day ahead of time so you know when you will be making a change. Baby steps.

The jury seems to be out on whether salt is all that harmful or not. It probably depends on your individual genetic makeup most of all.

One thing I am sooooo glad to see on this thread is that not everybody is saying to substitute all kinds of spices and things for salt. They are not the same, and many of us don't care for that many spices and/or get heartburn or other unwanted effects from them. I have a bland palate, and to me salt is salt, not a spice. If I want a particular spice, then yes, I will have it. But not as a substitute for salt.

I have always been a salt fiend and so was my dad; my mom nagged both of us about it for years. My dad got an illness that changed his tastebuds and he went off salt. Then I had the both of them nagging at me! :nono::nono: LOL but I loved them and I know they were just wanting me to be healthy.

Moderation . . . ;)

alaskanlaughter
05-18-2013, 01:41 AM
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/05/15/study-no-health-benefit-seen-in-adopting-low-sodium-diet/

Do you think you may have an adrenal problem? Although it sounds funny, and Eat mentioned it, I used to have crazy salt cravings, but I went to an herbalist that actually had me supplement with salt water every morning and eventually my salt cravings went away. I also started sleeping better.

I recommend Real Salt- http://realsalt.com/

did the salt water supplement help with the adrenal problems or just the salt cravings itself?

I crave salt like crazy sometimes! in fact, I often order a side plate of fries for lunch with DH just so that I can eat the salt...I don't even need the fries LOL...and I've been known to frequently just eat salt from the salt shaker

does this mean I have some sort of adrenal problem? ive always wondered why I love salt so much....I don't need it to make my food taste better, I just want the salt lol

JohnP
05-18-2013, 01:25 PM
Please read the actual research before you make quotes like this.... :)

Alright people lets keep the claws in ... :D

I can't read the studies, because I don't have access. However, from reading an article about the studies it appears they did all these studies on mice. As far as I can tell there has been zero research done even in correlation or epidemiological studies let alone directly examining internal mechanisms with humans and human research is the next step towards the ~posssible~ establishment of a ~possible~ link of salt and autoimmune.

Conclusion from researchers involved "...it is clearly premature ... to state that dietary salt influences autoimmune disease in humans"

Cheif research officer for the national MS center says "More research is needed in the emerging area of how diet may influence MS."

Amarantha2
05-18-2013, 02:54 PM
I just don't feel well if I eat much salt. I retain water & feel lethargic & bloated & can't taste the food. i never add salt to anything & don't eat over salted processed foods. Mrs. Dash & herbs of various kind take care of anything being bland.