The Salty Truth (also a Page)

Or rather, the sodium truth…

So today I’m looking up information regarding sodium, because 1/2 tsp of salt is required on the Ideal Protein Diet, and I think to myself…why?

Well, turns out, that 1/2 tsp of salt = 1000mg of sodium, and the MINIMUM recommended amount of sodium for a person is 1500mg/day.  The downside is that the recommended MAXIMUM amount of sodium recommended is only 2,000mg/day … so basically you have a 500mg window, which when you think about a lot of our favorite foods, that’s not much.

A Big Mac, for example, is 1010mg of sodium, so that’s over half way to the sodium goal of the day.  Oh wait, you had a medium coke with that?  8 Ounces contains 30mg sodium, but since you’re getting it carbonated, you’re only getting about 15mg…Oh, and you had this as a Value Meal?  Let’s add some medium fries with that, 270mg of sodium.  We’re not even looking at the carbs (Although that’s 48, 56, and 46g so totals about 150g).  So far during lunch you’ve had 1010+15+270mg of sodium (that’s 1285mg for non-mathletes)

So basically you’ve kissed your sodium intake and carb intake for the day, all in the span of your 30 minute lunch break.

Now let’s take a look at Ideal Protein products.  I’ll pick three packets, one from each category (Shake, Soup, Pudding)…

Cappuccino = 180mg sodium

Chicken A La King Soup (very popular) = 630mg sodium

Milk Chocolate Pudding (sounds safe) = 110mg sodium

So our total intake for the day so far is 920mg of sodium, leaving a deficit of 680mg sodium for the minimum amount to have…guess what…they say to have 1/2 tsp of salt, which is 1000mg of sodium, so we are now at 1920mg of sodium for the daily intake, when 2,000 is the maximum considered healthy.  I would like to point out the items I chose were in the middle to low range of each category, although there were items significantly lower in sodium.  Fun fact, eh?

Ahhh, and we forgot our vegetables!  Canned vegetables are significantly higher in sodium than fresh (go figure, salt preserves things) so we’ll do a quick comparison:

Asparagus: 4spears<canned> 207mg , <raw> 6 mg (no I’m not kidding)

Broccoli: 1 cup<cooked> 64mg, <raw> 20mg

Celery: 1 stalk<raw> 32mg

Lettuce, Romaine: 1cup<raw> 4mg

So when in doubt, go with lettuce 😉 Although it’s free and this would help explain why.

In conclusion: Ideal Protein has sodium in its packets for preservation and flavor, but not in contents quite high enough to justify the need of so much salt in a given day.

With that said, pass the salt please.

Sodium In the Diet

Twenty Pound Tuesday

Well it’s official.  I’m out of my funk and focused again.  I lost 20 pounds so far on my Ideal Protein-Modified diet, and yes I’m calling it a diet, and I’m OK with that.  20 pounds in 7 weeks.  I “might” be within 5-10 pounds of squeezing into the next pant size down (coveted 10’s, followed by lustful 8’s hopefully)

I went to lunch at Applebee’s and am proud to report I made it to 10g Carbs and only 12g Fat with a whopping 35g protein intake, so feeling pretty darn impressed with myself.  Turns out the last two weeks I had a Cabernet Mushroom Sirloin which had a “dainty” 39g of carbs in ONE SERVING.  I think that might have had something to do with my stall in weight loss.

I learned my lesson though, and am getting the nutritional fact sheets from any and all restaurant I plan on frequenting, including but not limited to Buffalo Wild Wings (whom I love so dearly).  My bracelet is jangling away with its newest charm, a motorcycle (to remind me I want to look HAWT for the Sturgis Rally this year) and it’s reviving my hope that I CAN and WILL do this.

Yo ho ho and a bucket of…butter

Well, dinner tonight consisted of me literally stuffing myself full of fish, crab and shrimp.  After the fact I chose to look up the nutritional content of the butter.  Just the butter.  As far as “Carbs” go, ok not so bad.  FAT however was another story.  38 GRAMS of fat in a little dipping cup of butter? Are you kidding me???? 2 Grams of Carbs, just 2!  So I was ultimately at about 46g of FAT, and a total of 8Grams of Carbs for the total meal, which I can’t help but feel a little proud about.  However, the butter kind of screwed me, but whatever, I’m still on cloud 9 about the carbs.  So for any one looking for nutritional information from Red Lobster, here’s the PDF, directly from their website.

Red Lobster Nutrition

Let’s unroll some fat, people!

First , let me point out that the comma in my title is absolutely essential, from an English standpoint, as the phrase would read “Let’s unroll some fat  people” otherwise, indicating that fat people would getting unrolled at a time yet to be determined.

Second, this concept is not my own, but was so brilliant I thought that others should know it as well.

A brilliant person on my forums ( mentioned how losing weight is like unrolling a paper towel roll.  I choose toilet paper roll instead because let’s face it, most people unroll more of these in a lifetime than they do paper towel rolls (and if you don’t, you probably should take a hard look at your paper towel consumption).  As the sheets are pulled off the rolls, for whatever reason, you notice that as you get closer to the barrel (little brown cardboard insert) that the roll seems to get smaller, faster.  Weight loss, or rather, noticing weight loss, is very similar to this philosophy.

Many people losing weight tend to feel no one notices for the first 5, 10, 15, heck 20 pounds and can easily begin to get discouraged.  Since toilet paper is cheap, do this experiment.  For every POUND you want to lose, or feel like you’ve lost, unroll  a sheet of toilet paper.  Just 1 because these little guys don’t have as many sheets as we have pounds to lose sometimes (unless you get the double rolls!).  Notice what happens for the first 10 “pounds”…do you really see a difference in the roll?  You could probably leave it on the toilet paper holder in the bathroom, and no one would be the wiser of our little experiment.  Now go ahead and unroll ANOTHER 10 sheets, indicating the next 10 pounds.  Are you noticing a change yet?

The more weight you lose, the more noticeable it becomes.  Our bodies, the actual bone and muscle structure that would ideally stay the same, are the “barrel” of our toilet paper rolls.  Our fat is the actual sheet that will be removed each time we drop a pound.  The closer you are to a goal weight, the more noticeable your loss will become.  Is it cruel because the beginning of something is always the hardest?  Absolutely.  But is it worth it in the long run?

You bet.

Dieting is like winning the lottery

This may sound naive, but dieting is like winning the lottery.  Not so much that only one in 120,000 wins anything, but what happens after they win.  It’s a life changing experience. Lotto winners are advised to surround themselves with a team of financial advisors.

Losing weight is similar in that when you reach the goal weight, heck, even as you are losing weight you feel like your life is changing.  Then you reach the promised land, the jackpot, and it all stretches out before you.  Endless possibilities lay before you now.

Did you know that if someone wins the lottery but doesn’t get a plan and support they will more than likely end upon the same style of living and same financial hardships as before they won?

If you don’t have a plan for maintaining after losing the weight, you are setting yourself up for failure.  So the solution to this?  Surround yourself with a team (family and friends and experts) to help you maintain your goal when you win that lotto (or in this case, that magic number you’re searching for on the scale), and have a plan of action.

That’s all for now.