Just as the title said, is it possible to add weight by taking high salt diet? Many people may feel strange about this question, but it is absolutely correct. It is the process occurring unknowingly.
The excessive salt in our body could change the habit of manufacturing and metabolizing fat. Studies have shown that high-salt diet can promote insulin secretion, and excessive insulin will make your body believe that your current sugar storage is insufficient. And the result is that your body stores sugar according to the instructions of insulin, and these extra sugars will be converted into fat. In short, the higher content of the insulin are in your body, the more fat will be stored in your body. There is no doubt that your weight will also increase.
The even worse thing is that salt could stimulate the secretion of dopamine in the brain, thereby affecting the nerve transmission of “happy center”. You may also have this experience that people always want to eat salt food a little more than the normal content. In certain degree, the function of salt food is similar to the nicotine in cigarette and the ethanol in wine, which makes people feel unable to stop eating. Thus, the high-salt diet attracts you to eat more salt, and the more salt equals to more accumulated fat in the body.
Does our daily salt intake really exceed the standard? You may not believe that your diet contains excessive salt, so I will list an example here. Let’s see one weight loss recipe here:
Breakfast: oatmeal porridge with some raisins
Lunch: a piece of turkey cheese sandwich
Supper: tomato sauce whole-wheat pasta, a little chicken sausage and half cup of nonfat yogurt
This seemingly low-fat and healthy menu contains 3,300 milligrams of sodium, which exceeds 44% than our daily maximum sodium intake.
In fact, our daily demand of salt is only 1,500 milligrams, and all these can be easily obtained from natural foods. Milk, meat, shellfish and even vegetables all contain sodium. However, most of us take in more than 3,000 milligrams salt every day. The excessive amount of salt will not only make you fat but also bring many serious health problems. So, the low-salt diet is really urgent to be advocated to people.