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Losing Weight: Can Salt Make You Overweight

Updated on January 29, 2017
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

Before and After Pictures-- With Salt and No Salt Diet

Freelee before while eating salt.
Freelee before while eating salt. | Source
Freelee before and After
Freelee before and After | Source
Freelee after
Freelee after | Source
Freelee after
Freelee after

Salt Makes You Overweight

This was written July 14, 2011. This has the very latest information. For some reason many people have a great deal of trouble understanding this. Now I have to wonder if the people in modern science are this mentally challenged or they do not really care or it is just more profitable to ignore it.

For example I have an article explaining how type 1 diabetes can be completely prevented. See Type 1 Diabetes, Like Autism, is Preventable. Now many do not believe this since they think that doctors are supposed to increase health.

This is a myth. They are here to make money to support themselves and their family by treating disease and sickness. No sickness and disease means that doctors would not make money. Note the term "water blubber" below to identify fat from water. Here is an article from Prevention magazine, Why You Should Shake The Salt Habit Now. It says:

Which of the following is true of salt? (a) It's addictive. (b) It will make you fat. (c) It will kill you. (d) All of the above.

If you chose (d), you're right. Salt is one of the most dangerous ingredients in our food.

It's no secret that a high-sodium diet raises blood pressure, which in turn can cause heart attacks and strokes. But new studies show that salt is even more dangerous than we thought: Eating too much has been linked to osteoporosis, dementia, cancer, and other serious health problems. It can also add inches to your waist.

Research shows that consuming salt triggers the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the brain's pleasure center, making salty foods as addictive as nicotine and alcohol. Therefore, as with any addiction, eating salty foods makes you crave more. Since so many of them--like french fries and fast-food sandwiches--are also high in fat and calories, OD'ing on salt packs on the pounds.

This article explains how there was a study done in 1966 that was written up in the prestigious Lancet. See the above article for more on this. Now either the medical community is medically challenged, do not care or do not want to hurt their CASH COW.

That is the only conclusion when they knew about this study where over 10,000 newborn babies were given 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily and were followed for 31 years. It reduced type 1 diabetes by 80%!

Since this was not done with the pregnant woman, that would explain that it is not near 100%. So they have known about this since 1966 and have done nothing about it. Actually in Finland they lowered the suggested amount of vitamin D over the years until type 1 diabetes is at a record high level.

Do you smoke? has an article saying that cutting salt is as good for heart health as quitting smoking called Cutting Salt as Good as Quitting Smoking. It says:

Half a Teaspoon Less Salt a Day Would Prevent 92,000 Deaths, 99,000 Heart Attacks, 66,000 Strokes.

Jan. 22, 2010 -- Cutting U.S. salt intake by just half a teaspoon a day would prevent up to 92,000 deaths, 99,000 heart attacks, and 66,000 strokes -- a benefit as big as smoking cessation.

"The [heart] benefits of reduced salt intake are on par with the benefits of population-wide reductions in tobacco use, obesity, and cholesterol levels," says Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD.

Since writing this a lot more has been discovered like Michael Greger M.D. shows the recent proof that salt is the sole cause of high blood pressure. Humans and other animals that do not consume salt, do not get high blood pressure, ever. He shows that salt kills over 1,000 Americans per day. See How to Live 30 Years Longer?

Note that sodium is in all foods so you do not have to be concerned about not getting enough sodium. In fact you can add seaweed, like granulated kelp, to foods to give it more of a salty taste. The Japanese eat loads of seaweed and are the longest living people. Seaweed has a lot more trace minerals than land plants.

See Health Benefits of Seaweed Like Kelp. Bragg has a bottle of spices to add to foods with no salt in it. They also have one with the same spices/herbs but with granulated kelp as the first ingredient. See Amazon products below to see this.

So to start this article off, take a very short break to watch the video below. In it Freelee explains how salt creates a layer of water weight around your belly, tummy or stomach. Actually it creates a layer of water weight around the entire body but many focus on making their abs look good. Also she demonstrates the right way to go the bathroom since medical doctors do not know this or do not care.

Now you have heard that correlation does not equal causation. For example say a study shows that people reading health magazines are healthier than others that do not. So you conclude that reading a health magazine bestows health benefits on you. Of course if someone is reading a health magazine, even one that is worthless, they are more interested in health and will generally have a healthier lifestyle. So the above is correlation.

But if you take a group of people and force one change to happen, then results are from causation. So the above study mentioned from 1966 clearly shows that babies getting that amount of vitamin D will reduce type 1 diabetes by 80%.

How Much Salt Do You Need to Consume to Kill You Within an Hour

I was a chemist for the U.S. federal government. You can check the following with any medical doctor or chemist, as long as they are not old and senile. If you take 4 ounces of salt or sea salt (the following is due to the amount of sodium) and put it in a pint of water and drink it, you will be dead within an hour. [Disclaimer-- Since I am not a doctor, I cannot give medical advice.]

Someone did this and died. So what would be the cause of death (stupidity is not a cause of death but a contributing factor)? Hypernatremia or hypernatraemia. Wikipedia says [in English it is too much sodium]:

Clinical manifestations of hypernatremia can be subtle [not easily recognized], consisting of lethargy [fatigue], weakness, irritability, neuromuscular excitability, and edema [swelling]. With more severe elevations of the sodium level, seizures and coma may occur.

Severe symptoms are usually due to acute elevation of the plasma sodium concentration to above 157 mEq/L[citation needed] (normal blood levels are typically about 136-145 mEq/L for adults and elderly[6] ).

Chemists need to know all about concentrations of solutions. Now the above is similar to dehydration. This article may help you to understand things that you heard but never understood. If you are on a raft in the ocean dying of dehydration, why can't you drink the sea water?

If you say due to the sodium or the salt in the water, that is correct. But do you know why. Too high a concentration of sodium in your body can kill you. So at the same time you drink, you are consuming water, but you are also consuming sodium making you need that much more water.

What people report in the above is that as soon as they drink the ocean water, they feel better for a minute. Then they feel worse since drinking it made their dehydration worse. Now bars, taverns or pubs know all about this. They give you free salty nuts or salty pretzels to cause you to drink more.

Now when you drink a soft drink (soda), you do not like it because it is salty. You like it since it is sweet. So why do they add salt to it. This way it does not really satisfy your thirst due to the above information. So you need to drink more soda or pop (soft drink). This way you can consume a half gallon of soda in a few hours.

So watch the following video now. For more on Freelee (Freelea) and how eating good carbs can make you thin, see Be Slim by Eating Good Carbs. Freelee says below:

Cut down on salt, it will only add a layer of water blubber to your belly. [Water blubber is a great term for all the 'fat' that fat people are carrying around.

Freelee teaching about salt and how to go to the bathroom

My Orginal Article Enhanced About Salt and Losing Weight

Look at this new December 10, 2012 article (just added) by More Salt in Kids' Diets May Mean More Obesity. It says:

Dec. 10, 2012 -- Limiting children’s salt intake could be one way to reduce childhood obesity, new research suggests.

The study of more than 4,200 Australian children 2 to 16 years old found that those who ate more salt also drank more fluids, particularly sugar-sweetened beverages -- namely soda, fruit drinks, flavored mineral waters, and sports and energy drinks.

The following about the above is being added June 6, 2012. Here is information about the doctors in charge of the rice diet. Dr. Robert A. Rosati is the Director of The Rice Diet Program, Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Duke University and is Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Frank Neelon, the Medical Director of the Rice Diet Program since 1995, is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Duke University and is Board Certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine.

The Rice Diet website says:

Salt is also an appetite stimulant, a hyper-palatable food that inspires overeating..

When you consume much added salt or sodium your body can retain excessive and unhealthy amounts of water. Most Americans eat between 3,400 and 7,000 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. A very small amount, less than 500 mg.a day, is necessary for normal body function. Part of the reason Rice Diet participants usually feel better in a matter of days is that they are able to rid their bodies of the excess salt and water they are carrying. Salt consumption is associated with increased blood pressure (thus increased risk of heart attacks and strokes), decreased kidney function, increased pressure in joints (thus worsening inflammation in arthritic joints), as well as other diseases and conditions.

Salt is not a food and so it has no calories. So it will not create fat. But there are other things that can make you overweight. If the problem is fat, then all you have to do is burn more calories than you consume making losing weight simple.

If one has a 30 pound tumor then it will not matter how little they consume and how much they exercise, they will still be overweight. They will need surgery to get the tumor removed. This is one example of something other than fat that can make you overweight and make losing weight harder.

Salt and Sodium

Here is an explanation of concentration in the body. Say you have a pool that has salt water in it and you need to keep the concentration at a teaspoon of salt per gallon of water. You have a tool to measure salt concentration. If someone adds a gallon of water to it, then when you measure the concentration, you will find that you need to add a teaspoon of salt to it.

If someone adds a teaspoon of salt to it, then you will find that you need to add a gallon of water to it to maintain the right concentration. Your body needs to always maintain a proper concentration of sodium (and other minerals) or you will cease to exist (die).

All foods contain very tiny amounts of minerals like under 3%. But salt is not a food and it contains 40% sodium. Salt is a rock. So the more salt or sodium you consume, the more water needs to be in the body to keep the concentration constant. The body tries to get rid of salt but it can only do it at a certain rate. This is why sweat and urine are salty. This is not the case with people who do not consume salt.

Natural, unprocessed foods (no salt added) contain all the sodium that you need. A teaspoon of salt contains more sodium than you would find in over 100 pounds of unprocessed, natural foods! Most salt in the diet comes from processed foods, not from the salt shaker. This sodium causes excess water in your body that also leads to high blood pressure or hypertension. For the full story and way to eliminate this, see the Main Cause of High Blood Pressure.

Salt also causes bone loss and osteoporosis. New Zealanders researchers put elderly women on a low salt diet and then switched to a high salt diet. They ate the same amount of calcium on both diets. On the high salt diet, they lost 30% more calcium than on the low salt diet. For the full story on this, see Real Cause of Osteoporosis.

Excess Weight

So consuming salt causes your body to hold on to extra amounts of water (water weight) causing you excess weight. This is also called water retention or retaining water. This makes you heavy and look fat. But no matter how little you eat and how much you exercise, it will have no effect on this extra weight. So if your problem is excess fat, then eat less and exercise more.

But if that does not help, then it may be too much water weight that you need to lose. For example Beyonce lost 20 pounds in 10 days on the Lemonade Diet. Now if that was 20 pounds of fat then she would have needed to burn 70,000 (20 x 3,5000) more calories than she consumed in 10 days. That is burning 7,000 more calories than she consumed each day to lose weight.

She would have needed to exercise all day long to do that. But the lemonade diet has no salt in it. So it is easy for her body to lose most of that 20 pounds by losing water weight. Now if you look at labels you will see that lots of foods, including diet foods, have very large amounts of sodium in them due to added salt.

New Addition (added 12/18/2011)

On this video, a woman talks about the benefits of a raw diet. Some people on a raw food diet eat salt, even though salt is not a food. At about 3 minutes she shows a picture of what she used to look like and she mentions how salt made her look puffy. She looked much heavier and looked horrible compared to what she looks like now. See her video here! Also raw foods do not need salt. When you cook a food, you take away a lot of its taste and then add salt. She looks so good now that on one video she dances in a bikini to show off how great she looks from a raw diet. This woman consumes no salt and 97% of her diet is fruit. Also this woman eats huge amounts of food-- more than any other woman!

Latest Addition (added 3/6/2012)

Everyone on the all raw diet with no salt lose weight if they are overweight. I saw on a forum that one lady had been on it for 3 months and had not lost any weight. She was still 200 pounds. But she added that she uses tamari since she loves it. Tamari is soy sauce without wheat and has a huge amount of salt in it. So the salt alone was able to completely stop her from losing weight.

Losing Weight

There is a problem in plans on losing weight. People lose the weight then reach a plateau where they cannot lose any more weight. That may be because it is not fat but water weight. And exercise and eating less calories has no effect on water weight (water retention).

Any person that is overweight could probably quickly lose 20 pounds of weight by reducing salt intake. One lady wrote to me (my name is Chuck Bluestein) and said that she had tried everything to lose weight but nothing worked. She was frustrated. Then she learned the above about losing water weight and quickly lost the weight.

Also salt is bad for cardiovascular health even if you do not have high blood pressure, yet. Skeletons over 10,000 years old contain no salt. So that is probably when man started consuming salt on a large scale. Salt is one of many salts known and is also known as common table salt.

People need sodium, but not salt. People need potassium, but do not need the salt, potassium chloride, which is now being added to foods like popcorn and soup. I have now (2/11/2013) seen that frozen pizzas with 4,000 or 5,000 mg of sodium have potassium chloride added to them. But if they do that, it should also mention the amount of potassium in the food like the soup and popcorn above do.

Consuming more potassium helps your body to get rid of sodium easier and faster. The cells have a sodium-potassium pump that needs a lot more potassium than sodium in the blood for it to work right. Many newspapers (July 2011) tell about a federal study showing that low potassium consumption makes a high salt diet much, much worse. So also consume more potassium in foods to help with cardiovascular health and losing weight. A high potassium to sodium ratio is more important than just a low sodium diet.

You can drink an 8 fl oz glass of orange juice before meals since it contains over 500 mg of potassium. Raisins are a snack very high in potassium. You can eat an avocado before a meal since it contains 2,400 mg of potassium. A banana has 400 mg of potassium. A large potato has 800 mg of potassium, There is a danger in consuming too much potassium in supplements, but not in foods.

Instead of adding salt to foods, you can add granulated kelp (seaweed) to foods (found in health food stores). It has plenty of iodine and is loaded with trace minerals that you need and will also help metabolism. The land that food is grown on is lacking in trace minerals. Kelp also helps the body to get rid of excess radiation. Also use other spices, like turmeric. Spices are foods and great for health.

Sea Salt

Watch video below with Joel Fuhrman M.D. talking about "healthy salts" like sea salt. He wrote the book below about losing weight. He created the nutritarian diet. He created the ANDI (aggregate nutrient density index) scale that is used by Whole Foods markets. It rates kale at 1,000 the highest on the scale. Have you heard that kale is the new beef?

Foods have less than 1% sodium. Salt it a rock and is 40% sodium. Some think that since sea salt is natural it is OK to eat. Rocks and crystals like diamonds are natural but that does not mean that they are OK to eat. Biology teaches that plants create foods out of non-foods like minerals, air, sunlight and water. Animals consume foods. This is why urine and feces is good for plants but not for animals.

Since sea salts are 98% sodium chloride, they are 39% sodium. There is one salt, Celtic sea salt and that is 84% sodium chloride and the rest other minerals. So that is 33.6% sodium. That is still way too much. The people that are saying good things about sea salt, are trying to sell you a certain brand of it. They do not care about your health. They want your money.

There is a man-made salt called PANSALT. Studies in Finland show that it is much healthier than salt-- a lot less strokes. It is only around 50% salt (sodium chloride) and it has a lot of potassium chloride and some other minerals. So if you must use salt, then use that. Now you are talking of around 20% sodium but it has a lot of potassium to help with the sodium to potassium ratio.

Make sure to see my other article about the Cause of High Blood Pressure and its connection to salt. It also has a link to the article saying that cutting salt is as good for heart health as quitting smoking. That means that quitting salt is better for heart health than quitting smoking according to!

(Only 90 Seconds) Dr Oz asks Dr Fuhrman's Advice on Losing Weight

Joel Fuhrman M.D. on why sea salt is like heroin with minerals added to it.

Lots of Before and After Pictures

Freelee Used To Be Fat and explains that salt was a big part of it. She is thin now and eats all raw foods, mostly fruit (no salt).

Freelee Part 2


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      4 years ago

      Many soup manufacturers use a large amnout of sodium in the canning process. Sodium can cause retention of water and can interrupt an otherwise good diet. Many manufacturers have recently come out with low sodium' versions of their soups so I would look in this group.Good luck

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      4 years ago

      Make your own every sunday and just dole it out. That gives you total cortonl over content and if you use home made chicken stock, it can be a fraction of even the low sodium canned soups you buy.Progresso vegetable and chicken noodle can both be found in low sodium varieties.Also, campbells has a natural series of soups that would be lower sodium. Good luck~

    • serendipitypalace profile image


      7 years ago

      Shared this on facebook. Even though the media covers different diet strategies, cutting down on carbs, sugar, and others, this is an added resource. Many people still prefer to salt their food. Thank you for the well informed hub.

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      7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Great article. I must try to reduce salt intake. Voted up and shared!

    • Chuck Bluestein profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Bluestein 

      7 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      The way to figure out what is going on, look for a conflict of interest or follow the money trail. Are vaccines good for children? Well they make a great deal of money for big pharma and the people that have stock in them, can buy more things for their children.

      So the sole salt solutions help the people selling Himilayan salt to make more money. If you stop buying salt or consuming salt, who benefits from it. No one except you. If you buy the salt some people make money from it while you lose out.

      Out of all the vitamins, which one is the most beneficial? Vitamin D and you can get it free from sunlight. See my article on sunlight or vitamin D. So no one makes money from it. So they tell you to buy sunscreen since people make billions by marking up some dirt cheap chemicals a hundred times. So the moral of the story is: being healthy is bad for the economy. Being sick and fat is great for the economy.

      There are people like me that rarely see a doctor. If everyone were like that, doctors would have no business and would need to become construction workers. A guy became a construction worker right after graduating high school. He makes good money. He says that he is constantly seeing people who spent a fortune to graduate college, becoming construction workers.

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      7 years ago

      What about "sole salt solutions"? Good or bad?

    • Chuck Bluestein profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Bluestein 

      7 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      The chloride ion has no effect on the body. It is in a different form than chlorine gas. A lot of supplements of minerals would be made with this like potassium chloride or zinc chloride. The sodium ion is a different form than the sodium metal. If you put the sodium metal in water it explodes into fire.

      On my article on High Blood Pressure, I discuss salt more and explain how they created Pansalt that is half sodium chloride and half potassium chloride. That reduced strokes by 40% since the ratio of potassium to sodium is higher. All life did originate in the ocean which has a great deal of sodium chloride in it. But it also has a lot of minerals in it including trillions of gold. The cost to get the gold out of the ocean would cost more than the gold is worth.

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      7 years ago

      You talk about salt (sodiumchloride) and mention what the sodium does. OK, my interest would be the chloride - how healthy or unhealthy you consider that part. Background is that chloride is in the Halogen section where we also find fluor and iodine, you see what I am getting at.


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