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The Safe Way to Lose Weight


I have modified my original belief that the excess fluid is all in the blood vessels. I now believe that most is in the blood vessels, while some may be in the abdominal cavity (ascites), and some in the body tissues.

Low sodium in foods?

If you're unsure about which foods contain a lot of salt/sodium then click on the 'Sodium in Foods' link in the list of links on the left of each page.

The Lucky People

If you are not overweight, do not have high blood pressure, are not 'slimming' and are not in one of the vulnerable groups, then reducing your salt intake would improve your health only slightly and you may prefer not to make great changes to what you eat. - But check on the Associated Health Problems page first. - There may be another problem you have that could be helped by eating less salt.


The material on this site has been written by me, a steroid victim. I created this website to disseminate information I have found, from my own experience and that of other people I have advised, to be helpful to people who have become obese because of taking steroids or HRT or anti-depressants or other prescription drugs, to be helpful in preventing or reducing obesity in general, and to save people from needless ill-health and suffering.

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I am not a doctor. The material is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. The content of this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of medical treatment. Use of the information, advice and suggestions provided on this site is entirely at the User's own risk. This website and I are not responsible for any consequence relating directly or indirectly to any recommendations or information contained in this site as it pertains to any particular medical condition or circumstance. This website and I are not liable for the contents of any external internet sites listed.

I am not a nutritionist or dietician. If you believe that in order to lose weight you need to count calories, or reduce your fat intake, or take strenuous exercise, please go to another website. Conventional theories about slimming in those ways have no place on this website. I believe that all that is normally necessary to lose excess weight is to eat less salt, i.e. to reduce one's sodium intake, and to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. If that idea upsets you then please do not use this website.

Margaret Wilde

Obesity - Vulnerable Groups

In recent years people have been eating more convenience foods and these are high in salt. Salt can cause obesity and health problems in vulnerable people... read more

People taking steroids or HRT

If you have gained a lot of weight and become obese because of taking prescribed steroids or HRT then I have very good news for you!
read more


When children become fat it is essentially because they are eating salty food. Children are especially vulnerable to salt because of their small size and small blood volume, and because their blood vessels are weaker than those of adults... read more

Pregnant Mothers

During pregnancy a woman's hormone levels alter. The hormone most relevant to undesirable weight gain is oestrogen... read more

People taking amitriptyline

Patients may sometimes find it helps with the problem for which it has been prescribed, but be that as it may, it frequently produces a host of adverse side-effects, including weight gain... read more

PMT Sufferers

...most or possibly all of these symptoms are the result of fluid retention and will be lessened or avoided by reducing salt intake... read more