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January 23, 2012 9:51 AM
I was just wondering, does anyone else find they bloat and gain loads of weight (like 5lb overnight) if they have quite a bit of salt? I've cut mine down massively, then had a bit on Saturday and my weight went up 5lb and is still around 3.5lb over what it was... will this go away over the next few days? I'm still thirsty mind, been drinking more water today than I thought possible!!
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January 23, 2012 9:52 AM
Very interested in this too!

I've cut WAY back on salt, and then on Saturday night, i had some potato chips, some tortilla chips, etc. Sunday, i was up more than a pound, so I KNOW that it's water weight. I'm down .5 a pound of that water weight, and hoping the rest is gone tomorrow.

Are you drinking enough water??
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January 23, 2012 9:56 AM
I usually do, but didn't really yesterday, and there must have been a lot of salt cos I can still feel it today! I've constantly had a glass of water with me today though :)
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January 23, 2012 10:03 AM
I don't use salt not even when I cook. Generally my sodium levels are well below a 1000. When I visit my Mother who is a heavy salt user I have to stop at motorway services on the way home to buy a couple of bottles of water I'm so thirsty
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January 23, 2012 10:05 AM
I've been told that adding lemon to your water helps in this area. By drinking it throughout the day It flushes your system of toxins and riding your body of the sodium you've consumed.
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January 23, 2012 10:05 AM
I haven't had it since starting MFP but whenever I used to eat Chinese food I would easily gain 3-5 lbs overnight!
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January 23, 2012 11:31 AM
If you're sensitive to salt & bloat, how long does it take you to shed the extra?
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January 23, 2012 11:41 AM
I'm pretty sensitive to sodium water retention. I will be up a lot the day after but by the next day I'm back to normal.
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January 23, 2012 11:44 AM
I also see an increase when my sodium levels are up. I don't use extra salt when I cook but have a hard time staying away from it in foods already prepared - Chinese is really hard on me.
January 23, 2012 11:44 AM
Salt leads to additional water retention in the presence of carbohydrates. I don't eat many carbs and no longer retain water at all, even when eating loads of salt. That wasn't the case when I was eating lots of carbs, in which case my salt intake mattered.
January 23, 2012 11:46 AM
I've definitely noticed weight gain when I exceed my sodium limits. I've never heard of lemon 'denaturing' the sodium. I'll have to try it.
Edited by Bigaug On January 23, 2012 11:47 AM
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January 23, 2012 11:47 AM
Hi! I'm very sensitive to sodium as well. If I eat chips or soy sauce one day, I can barely remove my rings the next day. My hands swell like crazy. Happened to me this morning! I'm now drinking tons of water with a squeeze of lemon today. If experience is any indicator, I will drop 1 pound or 2 on the scale and my fingers will be back to normal size by morning. As long as you don't have high blood pressure and know what causes the water retention, it's no big deal. Just enjoy a salty snack now and then, don't get discouraged by the lying scale, and then fix it the next day with lots of water. Good luck!!
January 23, 2012 11:51 AM
yes... salt is very hard on me as well

it can take 3 days before the water retention recedes for me.. and i am already on a diuretic for high blood pressure so can only imagine it would take even longer for me to rid myself of the extra salt caused water retention without it.

i try to keep my intake under 1500mg per day though for the last couple of months have not been as successful as i was before the holidays. i am still trying to get things back under control again.

For 10 months i kept it consistently under 1500mg per day and never felt better in my life!

good luck *S*
Edited by ShellyMacchi On January 23, 2012 11:54 AM
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January 23, 2012 11:53 AM
Salt will make you retain water, resulting in temporary weight gain. The suggestion to drink plenty of water to flush out your system is a good one--it will help you to lose weight in any case, and it's easy to do. After all, how hard is it to drink water? My wife has been drinking at least eight 8 oz glasses of water per day, and I have been losing steadily.
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January 23, 2012 11:55 AM
QUOTE:

Hi! I'm very sensitive to sodium as well. If I eat chips or soy sauce one day, I can barely remove my rings the next day. My hands swell like crazy. Happened to me this morning! I'm now drinking tons of water with a squeeze of lemon today. If experience is any indicator, I will drop 1 pound or 2 on the scale and my fingers will be back to normal size by morning. As long as you don't have high blood pressure and know what causes the water retention, it's no big deal. Just enjoy a salty snack now and then, don't get discouraged by the lying scale, and then fix it the next day with lots of water. Good luck!!


This is my experience too. Ever since I started losing weight, I've been more sensitive to my water retention symptoms -- the big one being how tight/loose my rings fit. Today I'm trying to really focus on the water because I had a rather sodium heavy couple of days over the weekend.
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January 23, 2012 11:58 AM
Even without the carbs salt effects some people more than others. It is a genetic trait. I had never realized just how bad it effected me, because I've always eaten a high salt diet, but in school when learning about fluid and electrolyte balances in the body I decided to try and reduce that. Now I realize just how bad it was. Of course my blood pressure has improved greatly, but I never even realized that I had edema in my legs and I over the course of a week lost 2 inches in my calves. Crazy! I'm only 22, but the fact is my family has issues with salt and extreme water retention. Some people don't have a problem with it at all, but be careful with it, because most of the heart failure patients I work with started out with sodium sensitivity.
January 23, 2012 12:30 PM
I can literally still taste it in my mouth, must be because I've cut down so much lately! Well, hope that's the reason for the gain, not like I ate enough to gain 5lb overnight lol.I've got a jug of water with me and I'm drinking as much as I can!
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January 23, 2012 12:50 PM
I struggle with water retention also. I take a deuritic everyday and it helps consistently.

At the boyfriend's I have had to kind of request for my meat to be cooked without any of the spices they put on. They oversalt everything, and I do not like salt at all.

My killer is salad dressing.
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January 23, 2012 12:51 PM
Yes, and I've found that if I drink a lot of water I'm not bloated. I'm trying to keep up with the water intake but its difficult.
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January 23, 2012 12:53 PM
PMS doesn't help either. I just drink Green, Peppermint, or Ginseng Tea, and they always do the trick to get rid of it.
January 24, 2012 12:38 AM
Good news, it's finally going away! I feel so much better, thanks for the advice!
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