You Can Eat Nuts and Lose Weight
“Nuts are fatty and you shouldn’t eat them if you want to drop some weight.”
“Limit the amount of nuts in the daily diet because they are a source of fat.”
“Based on the information, nuts are not a good option for people hoping to lose weight.”
Do you believe any of that information above? Hopefully, you are sitting there shaking your head “no”. If you do believe these things, you are in for a surprise. Why? Not only are nuts good for you in general, they are a wonderful tool for weight lost. (Enos)
However, as in all things, you must understand how to use them as a tool if you want to enjoy success.
Nuts and Nutrients
Let’s begin by looking at the ways that organic nuts are just plain good for us. All nuts are loaded with what should be known as “healthy fat”. They all contain the three major types of fat – saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. They should not have any “trans fats” because these are artificial fats that do not occur in any whole food source.
The body needs fat – end of story. We hear too often that we should avoid fat, but it is one of the three “macronutrients” that keep our bodies functioning. Fat is responsible for connective tissue, brain function, hormone production, muscle and cell building, nutrient distribution, energy storage, and so much more.
The diets that force you to cut back on fat are really impairing your bodily functions – including healthy weight loss. So, if you are thinking of going “fat free”…just don’t do it. Instead, turn to foods that provide you with the ideal ratios of fat.
What does that mean? Take cashews as an example. They are called a “low fat” source of protein because they contain an ideal blend of the three fats. Of course, they are not good for weight loss just because of their healthy fat. They are also a dependable source of protein, they are packed to the rafters with vitamins and minerals, and they deliver an impressive amount of fiber.
Cashews as Optimal Healthy Eating
When you want to lose weight, fiber becomes a good friend. This is because fiber will help you to feel full faster and longer. The small handful of cashews that you eat as a midmorning snack will make you feel satiated for a long time afterward. It will help you to eat smaller portions at lunch, and yet you won’t end up fatigued around 3 PM either.
This is because cashews are full of copper. In fact, they have the highest amount of copper compared to other popular nuts. This is going to help with energy production and allow you to feel full and energized throughout most of the day.
Now, what about calories? Nuts are famous for being high calorie foods. Again, this doesn’t mean that they are empty calories. We just reviewed that nuts can deliver tremendous amounts of nutrients and energy in small servings. That means that the calories that you consume from this healthy eating habit are not going to contribute to weight gain because you are going to use up those calories easily.
Here is how it would work: You eat a realistic breakfast and do some morning exercise. You head to the office and around 10AM, you feel a bit hungry. You have a handful of organic cashews and feel that hunger start to subside right away. About an hour later, you start to feel a lot of energy, and around 12:30PM (when you break for lunch), you don’t feel all that hungry because the protein from the cashews is keeping you powered up.
Still, you eat a lunch of healthy foods that give another round of energy. This ensures that when you have burned through the nuts you are going to get another round of energy from the foods you ate midday.
If you work some exercise into this schedule, you burn up more calories and yet you won’t have really consumed all that many because you got filled up and energized by the nuts you enjoyed in the morning.
Of course, a major point is the quality of the nuts. They cannot be saturated with added oils and salt. This would eliminate all of the benefits by making them a high fat and high sodium snack. You don’t want this.
Instead, you would want to turn to a high quality provider of nuts, such as the Caju Company. We provide clients with flawlessly roasted organic cashews that will deliver the kind of energy, nutrients, and weight loss that so many want, and without any concerns for empty calories, food additives, and other unwanted “junk”.
Enos, Deborah. Go Nuts and Still Lose Weight. LiveScience.com. 2013.