Thursday, 12 April 2012
The Effects of Sodium
So, on three separate occasions, I decided to try this out for myself. Here are the results.
Sunday, April 1st - Ingested 4216.1 mg of sodium. 2 Day Weight was 2.4 pound gain
Thursday, April 5th - Ingested 5815.1 mg of sodium. 1 Day Weight was 1 pound gain.
Tuesday, April 10th - Ingested 5741.0 mg of sodium. 1 Day Weight was 1 pound gain.
What's important to note here is that all three of these days were at a calorie deficit for me, meaning that I should NOT have gained weight under normal circumstances.
So, we've gone and had too much sodium. How do we fix it? Well, to fix a sodium problem like I caused above, you spend the next day or two flushing with extra water and eating at or below 2300 mg of sodium. Here are those results:
2 Days of water flush: 2.3 pounds lost in 2 days
1 Day of water flush: 0.7 pounds lost in 1 day
1 Day of water flush: 1.0 pounds lost in 1 day
These were the day(s) immediately following the day of high sodium intake.
What does this mean?
It means that for ME, high sodium intake causes weight fluctuations and sudden gains COULD be explained by analyzing how much sodium I took in even while I was in a calorie deficit. The gains are temporary!