When I talk to clients about health and weight loss, one of my strong recommendations is that they include a variety of nuts in their diet – and I’m always asked “Aren’t nuts full of fat?” and “Won’t I put ON weight if I eat nuts?”
The answer is “No – nuts are good for your health and recent research shows that they HELP with weight loss”.
Nuts have had lots of bad press in the weight loss world – and without a good basis in fact. Yes, they do contain some fat – but it’s GOOD fat.
It’s about balance and benefit
It doesn’t take a large quantity of nuts to get some great benefits – only about 30g (a small handful) will do you good. For example:
- 8 brazil nuts each day will provide selenium to support your thyroid and immune system.
- 30 almonds will help your calcium levels and lower your bad cholesterol levels.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent heart disease. All nuts are high in fibre so they improve bowel health.
Nuts HELP weight loss
Macadamias are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, which help with weight loss, reduce heart disease and belly fat.
Nuts are also helpful in weight loss because they have a high satiation impact – they make you feel full and satisfied longer, which stops you snacking more.
So as long as you stay with a small handful of nuts each day – you’re fine. (A whole bowl of peanuts with a glass of wine ISN’T a good idea!)
They are moreish – so get out just your daily handful and eat them mindfully. Eat one at a time, enjoying each nut.
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