What do high potassium foods have to do with weight loss… you might ask. There’s a wide variety of foods that are either obvious to improve your weight loss efforts or else pummel it to the ground, but most weight loss enthusiasts don’t classify their healthy meals by potassium level.
And I don’t think that you should start either, just to be clear. But knowing just what a healthy potassium level can do for your body is just one more tricky tactic that can help you win the good fight in the long run. Here, I’ll talk about just how potassium affects your weight loss efforts, what are some good foods with potassium, and how you might infer if you’re not getting enough potassium right now.
What Role Does Potassium Play In Weight Loss?
The initial reason that potassium was thought to help weight loss is because of its strong adverse affects to sodium which has been associated with easy weight gain.
Potassium is actually used to break down glycogen stored in the liver and muscles and convert it into sugar glucose that fuels your cells. When you lack potassium, the concentrated glycogen form doesn’t release for more energy for your cells and can leave you feeling weak. This is one of the reasons that most diets contain ample amounts of fruits and vegetables high in potassium.
And besides just helping energy levels and weight loss, potassium does a number of other beneficial things like:
- Helps your kidneys and heart to work efficiently
- Helps build muscle
- Regulates blood pressure levels
- Stops against retention of excess fluids
- Helps the release of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that occur during metabolism to provide energy
- Increases nerve functionality
I’ve mentioned before that just having muscles causes your metabolism to burn more calories and ensuring that you have sufficient potassium can help build muscle and increase your resting metabolic rate meaning you don’t have to do as much cardio as you once thought.
Sources Of Potassium
There are countless great potassium sources, but the answer to “what foods are high in potassium?” are:
- lima beans
- lean meat
It’s important to note that taking potassium in supplements like vitamins is fine, but amounts over 99 mg can possibly irritate your stomach and cause discomfort. Fortunately, there’s no real way to overdose on potassium if you get it from natural food sources. Just be cautious when using potassium tablets.
Potassium Deficiency Symptoms
Since potassium is essential for maintaining fluid and electrolyte levels, symptoms of deficiency can be similar to that of dehydration by feeling weak or tired. However, potassium is excreted from our body through sweat so it’s important to constantly replenish your supply if using to help lose weight. Potassium is also lost from foods when they are cooked or process making raw foods some of the best sources.
- Muscle cramping
- Weakness and fatigue
- Irregular heartbeat rhythms
- Overly dry skin
- Extreme thirst
- Feeling nauseous or vomiting
- High Cholesterol Levels
Use High Potassium Foods To Your Advantage
It’s really a combination of a lot of small actions done in a consistent manner that will create long-lasting weight loss and I think that ensuring you have enough potassium is just another strong brick to put up on the wall.
This doesn’t mean you have to turn your world upside down and go potassium crazy. Just keep it in mind and don’t fuss if you have to eat a banana every one in awhile. You’ll be doing your body good!
It’ll always be worse to have a major potassium deficiency anyway. Plus, if you get adequate potassium, you’ll be sustaining your energy levels to properly build head-turning muscle that you can show off at the beach..P.S. If you're interested in the diet that I use when I want to get particularly lean, it's Eat Stop Eat. It's very progressive, and probably not like anything you've tried before.