So, here’s why you should be using both salt AND nuts in your fat loss plan:

1. Nuts are one of the best healthy fat sources around. And in case you somehow still believe fat is BAD for you, here are all the benefits of including fats in your diet:

***Fat helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

***Consuming fat helps to alleviate carb and sugar cravings.

***Adding fat to a meal helps you feel fuller, longer, due to it’s slow digestion.

***Consuming a healthy level of fat in your diet supports healthy hormone levels that support lean muscle tissue and recovery.

***Healthier skin and hair.

***Improved energy and alertness (the operation of your entire nervous system is dependant on fat)

***etc, etc, etc…

The best nuts? Walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, cashews, and brazil nuts. A word of warning on peanuts — they’re a very common food allergen that can slow fat loss in some individuals, so I’d recommend other nuts instead.

                 ***SALT versus SODIUM***

2. Salt is NOT bad for you. In fact, it can actually boost your fat loss. I’ve hit on this MYTH time and time again, but it’s worth repeating.

Salt only creates a problem when you avoid it like the plague and then all of a sudden eat a bunch of it. Why? Because you’re unknowingly causing your body to crave sodium (because you never give it any) and when you finally do consume salt, it hoards every bit of it like a fat kid who hasn’t seen pizza in a month. Or like me when I haven’t eaten pizza in a week. Either way…

You see, there’s a special hormone in your body called aldosterone that regulates your “internal” sodium levels at wide range of dietary intakes. Eat less and it holds on to every bit you do consume, eat more and it just gets rid of what it doesn’t need.

A normal, stable, healthy sodium intake is very important to your fat loss and exercise goals for 2 reasons:

a) Healthy sodium levels result in greater blood flow to working muscles during exercise.

b) It’s sodium’s job to deliver potassium (one of the major nutrients involved in the muscle contraction process) into muscle cells during exercise. A low sodium intake will absolutely negatively effect your workouts, causing you to fatigue sooner. In the end, you burn fewer calories and lose less fat.

Now, there are some individuals who are very salt sensitive when it comes to blood pressure, so those individuals need to closely monitor the affects of sodium in their diet. But, for the general healthy population, a healthy sodium intake has many benefits.

If you’re a healthy individual who is purposely avoiding sodium because you think it may have a negative effect on your fat loss, try gradually increasing your sodium intake over the next couple weeks along with increased water consumption and your workouts will thank you for it.






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