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DesktopWeb FormText   brawn : sodium refluxMon, 23 Feb 2009 19:52:43 GMT # 

slowly been looking up the sodium amounts for when i eat out. ends up most everything is loaded with sodium. one sandwich at potbellies .... 1600mg (2/3 of the daily amount). a 6 inch subway sandwich (no sauce or cheese) might have 800mg. last week i had estimated that i was getting around 5 grams a day. that estimate was low, i was probably getting 6 to 7 grams a day. so i'll reduce sodium on all my other meals/snacks, to keep me just above 2.5 grams per day. i'm not really that concerned about sodium; i really just want to keep it between 2.5 and 5 grams per day. i'd only really need to worry about reducing it if i was going to diet down to a ridiculously low bodyfat percentage for a bodybuilding contest ... which i would never do. but for kicks, i tried reducing my sodium intake to around 1500mg one day last week. did that by preparing all my meals at home. lets just say that was stupid. the next day i had dropped 1.8 lbs (of water weight) and i looked more 'cut' at the gym. but i felt dehydrated as hell, was tired all day, and i could not concentrate. someday i'll learn to stop making drastic nutritional changes in a short period of time. made sure to get about 5000mg the next day, and i'm slowly dropping that amount down. right now, i still look 'water soft'. by reducing sodium, i should stop carrying so much water weight. finally, it looks like the bodybuilders only worry about sodium when they are cutting, but might actually take in additional sodium when they are bulking up, to help keep their muscles hydrated.