Intaking too much sodium can negatively effect your weight-loss since it can cause your body to hold onto extra water. If you are someone who loves to salt their food or needs to stick to a lower sodium diet, here are some tips to help you find better alternatives.
Look for salt-free seasonings- Brands likes Mrs. Dash carries a brand of no salt-added seasonings. If not, experiment with more flavorful seasonings such as garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, cumin, cilantro, and basil to add to your foods. Using fresh herbs and spices are more potent. Try adding a few sprigs of rosemary when baking chicken or potatoes or fresh lemon and garlic to your salmon.
2. Check condiments- You will be surprised how much sodium are in your common condiments and sauces. Be sure to check tomato sauces, salad dressings, canned vegetables, packaged rice and noodles, cereals, and frozen entrees. A good guideline is to look for a sodium content of less than 450mg per serving. Anything higher should be avoided.
3. Water it down- If you buy canned beans or vegetables, you can reduce the sodium content by rinsing off the canned foods by almost 40%.
As always, make sure you are drinking enough water to balance out sodium levels. This is especially important when eating out since most restaurant dishes are high in sodium. Keep hydration in check, and beat the bloat the next day!