I've seen this mentioned a few times for better health/weight loss: The SOS free diet -or no Sugar, Oil, Salt. Ok, I understand about the refined sugar: 4 calories per gram, no vitamins and minerals, no help to you feeling full and feeding the good bacteria in the gut the fiber they need. And about the oil - same reasons, except it's worse at 9 calories per gram for a substance that provides no B vitamins or any minerals needed to turn it into fuel. And of course I understand about alcohol, it is sugar converted to poison and runs at 7 calories per gram with no B vitamins or minerals. Some forms have a few, like naturally brewed beer which still contains the yeast, but the alcohol still is not compensated so it's a nutrient thief and vessel for fat gain and excessive hunger later on (as in, the next day usually). But salt? I know it can cause some water retention and cause some serious problems if lots of it is used over a longer period...but does it really deserve to be in the list for losing weight? To my knowledge it's not a nutrient thief that will use up B vitamins and minerals leaving a person more hungry. It doesn't provide empty calories like the others do. Aside from a little water retention, how does it promote fat gain and if it does, can it honestly be said to be in the same category as things like oil and alcohol and excessive refined sugar?