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Old 02-27-2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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Just want to throw it out there... Does anyone do better on low carb if they don't add a ton of salt? Have read mixed research but I personally feel real people testimonials are more valid. Please share
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:29 AM   #2
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I add as much salt as I want. I'm on blood pressure meds and just pee it out anyway.
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:32 PM   #3
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It seems like I have to eat more salt than I usually would, just to avoid mad muscle cramps. But then, more processed foods have tons of salt, and I don't eat much processed food on LC, so for all I know I'm not eating more salt. ;P
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:43 PM   #4
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I eat tons of salt. I use Morton Lite Salt. carry it in my purse to use on food when out eating. I never use regular table salt anywhere.
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Old 02-27-2014, 01:51 PM   #5
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Thanks. This really helps. I think I figured out why I was 120 today versus 117. I ate cold cuts which I never do... I know they were gluten free. BUt, I forgot about the salt.

I typically use sea salt but have been using table salt casually which is not good.
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:33 PM   #6
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Just want to throw it out there... Does anyone do better on low carb if they don't add a ton of salt? Have read mixed research but I personally feel real people testimonials are more valid. Please share
You do realize that salt cannot cause fat gain - right? It can cause a temporary scale rise in fluids only. It really doesn't apply to any weight loss strategies except in making one feel better by replacing lost electrolytes when adjusting to ketosis.

Even then, no one suggests "a ton of salt". I believe the guideline is the equivalent of 2 tsp. per day.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:21 PM   #7
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I eat a lot of sodium. I'm probably in the 3500-5000 range, easy, most days. My body just craves it and I do very well this way. No fluid retention or issues from it - quite the opposite I feel poorly when I'm not heavy on minerals. And if you're seeing a slow rise in weight over a few weeks salt isn't the culprit. As Cathy said, it will, at most, affect fluid balance. It won't inhibit fat loss (it may even help it).
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:23 PM   #8
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It seems like I have to eat more salt than I usually would, just to avoid mad muscle cramps. But then, more processed foods have tons of salt, and I don't eat much processed food on LC, so for all I know I'm not eating more salt. ;P
Bingo. I salt my food liberally and enjoy every bite. But I make everything from scratch and eat no processed or convenience foods aside from the odd pork rind, cheese, chocolate, and canned fish. That's as packaged as I get. So all sodium is either naturally occurring in my food (like the seaweed I eat) or I'm adding it. Thus, it looks like a lot, but only because most folks have no idea how much salt is put in their normal dietary fare to give it palatability and shelf stability.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:40 AM   #9
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I'd read a lot about needing to supplement sodium on low carb, but didn't take notice of it, My constant feeling of diziness and weakness I put down to me not eating much on low carb, added broth with 2/200/2000mg (not sure which) of sodium in it daily and has helped no end, but I get virtually no salt from any other source...
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:12 AM   #10
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I do best on 2500-3000 mg which is lower than recommended for a ketogenic diet (3000-5000mg/day is recommended). But how much sodium I eat is not considered "low sodium" by any means. I do have days where I am over 3000 or even 5000 mg, however.
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