How Potassium Helps You Lose Weight


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Until now, potassium hasn't been highly recognized as a weight loss aid. That's because while it doesn’t directly affect metabolism, energy and other weight loss functions, it serves as a reliable and necessary middle man that makes many of these functions possible.

  1. It helps build muscle: Potassium combines with magnesium to aid in muscle contraction, control and growth. Bigger, stronger muscles burn more calories.
  2. It helps boost metabolism and energy: Potassium  gives your body components necessary to provide energy for physical activity by aiding in its use of metabolism-boosting nutrients, including iron, magnesium and calcium. For instance, people with low iron levels invariably have low metabolisms. But the issue may have less to do with an iron deficiency than with a potassium deficiency. Without proper potassium levels the body cannot effectively process iron and make use of it. By boosting potassium levels, you'll also boost your iron levels, which can improve energy and better assure you'll stay off the couch.
  3. It prevents excess fluid retention: As an electrolyte, potassium combines with sodium help regulate fluids around your cells and keep you from retaining too much water. This is important because at any given time, you may be holding on to three to five pounds of water weight. 

Foods high in potassium include dark leafy greens, beans, potatoes, yogurt, fish, avocados, squash, mushrooms and bananas. You'll find lots of recipes with these and other potassium-rich ingredients on the Metabolic Research Center website. While visiting, be sure to schedule a free consultation with a weight loss specialist at the MRC location nearest you or call 800-501-8090. 

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