Nuts About Nuts? Why Nuts Could Be Hindering Your Weight Loss!
Before I start I want to just say that nuts are healthy. I don’t want you to think that nuts are bad for you. Let me list the benefits of nuts before I tell you why they MAY be hindering your weight loss.
They contain "good fats"
They can help lower cholesterol
They can help keep you full
They are packed with a number of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and vitamin E
They contain antioxidants
Research suggests that nuts may reduce inflammation, especially in people with diabetes, kidney disease, and other serious health conditions.
Many nuts contain fibre and protein.
So why can they hinder weight loss?
Nuts contain good fats, but whether they are good or bad fats, all fats have 9 calories per gram, which means nuts are high in calories.
Do you ever go to the pantry and just grab 10 almonds? Probably not!
A 30g serving of raw nuts contains around 200 calories. Just to give you an idea below is 30g of nuts.
I’m not saying this isn’t a good snack, but portion control is SO important when eating nuts!
If you LOVE nuts and still want to incorporate them into your diet because of the health benefits and the taste, be sure to portion them out correctly so you aren’t tempted to grab a handful at a time!
It’s not all bad news
I don’t want to leave this on a bad note (especially for all you nut lovers) so here are some positive about nuts and weight loss.
Studies have shown that people who regularly eat nuts tend to gain less weight over time than people who don't. This is due to the satiety of nuts a.k.a how long they keep you full for. It was assumed that people gained less weight because they were fuller for longer which means they ate less at other meals. The people in the study were also weight conscious so they are conscious of healthy portions.
Another study showed that people who ate nuts had not increased their body weight, body mass index (BMI), or waist circumference, compared to a control group of people who did not eat nuts. In fact, in one study the group of people who ate nuts lost more body fat than those who didn't eat nuts.
So it’s not all doom and gloom for the nut lovers out there. It’s all about portion control!