Salty temptation

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From Noga Sachs
MS Health Promotion Manager
Jones Lang LaSalle

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve been gaining some weight recently. My pants feel tighter, and the scale is saying things I don’t like to hear. 

So I did what every vain woman does. I sought to lose the weight. You know, just as an extra justification to shop for a spring outfit.

This, of course, requires an honest appraisal of the diet and exercise routine. Exercise is happening 6 days per week. Check. Diet is full of fruits and veggies, lean protein and whole grains. Check. What could be going wrong?

I took a closer look at calories using the food tracker on sparkpeople.com. They have a nice smartphone app with a calorie counter that you can use anywhere.

With a little analysis of my diet and the recipes I’ve been using, I discovered that the real culprit was the sea salt I was showering on my home cooked, seemingly healthy meal. 

Salt, although providing no calories, can cause water retention. Even without high blood pressure as an indicator, my body could be holding extra pounds of water with all that extra salt.

A few less shakes from the shaker and my pants are fitting again. Visits to the scale are now much friendlier.

-Noga

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