Potassium-Rich Foods Support Healthy Weight Loss


Wooden Cutting BoardAre you working hard to reach your weight loss goals? Consider adding more potassium-rich foods to your diet. Getting more potassium in your diet can boost your weight loss results, since potassium is essential for cardiac, muscle, and cellular functions that help support metabolism and energy levels. Here’s a closer look at how eating potassium-rich foods can help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals.

If you don’t have enough potassium, the body holds onto water. Potassium helps to keep electrolyte levels balanced and keeps the body from retaining too much water. It also helps the kidneys flush away toxins, eliminating excess water and salt. Eliminating extra water weight is essential, since your body could be holding onto several pounds of water weight.

 When the body doesn’t have enough potassium, it can result in muscle pain, weakness, and cramping, and it can leave you with flat, soft muscles. If you’re going to build muscle and tone, you need to get enough potassium. Potassium works together with magnesium to aid in muscle growth, control, and contraction. When you build more muscle, your body burns more calories, boosting your weight loss results. 

Boost Energy Levels and Metabolism

Getting more potassium in your diet can also boost your energy levels and metabolism. Potassium plays a role in cell growth, balancing metabolism, and the production of proteins. It’s essential for helping the body absorb energy from fats and carbohydrates as well. Low potassium levels can make it difficult for your body to process iron efficiently, and in many cases, boosting your potassium intake will boost iron levels, increasing your energy. With a higher metabolism and more energy, you’ll be more likely to get off the couch and stick with your workouts, which will help you reach your fitness and weight loss goals. 

How can you increase your potassium intake? Start adding high potassium foods to your diet, such as bananas, potatoes, dark leafy greens, avocados, mushrooms, yogurt, beans, fish, and squash. Check the Metabolic Research Center website to find tasty recipes that make use of high-potassium foods.

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