Have you ever changed your eating habits by eating only fresh natural protein, veges, salad and whole grains for a few weeks or a few months and then had a craving for something no quite as fresh and wholesome?
You go out to dinner for Thai or Indian and pick the healthy dish. You have a can of low fat vegetable soup or a breakfast bar. You might even have sushi or a "diet" dinner from a well known weight loss company.
The next day the scales are up.
Then later on that week you decide to have a really free meal and eat garlic bread and pizza, bacon and eggs, or fish and chips.
The next day the scales cause you to have a heart attack and make you throw in the towel completely. Obviously your metabolism is so screwed you can't ever have a treat for the rest of your life without gaining back weeks of hard fought losses. What's the point being skinny and MISERABLE.
This has happened to me. When I weighed in Sunday morning after my free day I was 64.4kg which is a gain of 2.5kg overnight.
It's not the fat, it's not the carbs, it's not the calories, dear friends - IT'S THE SALT!
When you eat unprocessed food you take the majority of the sodium out of your diet. You drink lots of water and you pee a lot. Then as soon as you eat something laden with salt your body sucks up water like a sponge and shows a huge gain.
If you don't believe me, activate the sodium column in Calorie King and have a look at a whole foods day compared to a day when you ate pre-packaged food. Or read the sodium count on the labels on your food.
The recommended daily intake is around 2g which is 2000mg. A can of soup can have around 1200mg of sodium in one hit. Things from nature have very little sodium at all. If you can keep your sodium well under 2000mg a day, the scales will move downwards fairly rapidly.
Beware of everything processed including cottage cheese, milk, bread, yogurt. meal replacement shakes, canned tomatoes and DIET COKE. Even things that have only 2 calories have salt in them - a 600ml bottle of Diet Coke has 90mg of salt which is not so bad but adds up quickly when you drink a few in a day. I think Coke Zero is even worse.
It makes you wonder if when people start losing weight after giving up dairy or wheat or artificial sweetener if it is just a result of cutting back on the sodium? It may explain that huge loss on the first week of any diet.
Now I know we are talking about water weight and not fat, but water makes you bigger, makes your jeans tight and your fingers puffy. If you prefer not to feel bloated and waterlogged sodium might be the key. If you are like me and suffer ovulation or PMT bloating, watching the salt is particularly important.