We have talked a lot about nuts being one of those items that should be limited or should go to really lean out, but I want to know why. I have heard it so often in the Paleo world that I believe it, but I am curious as to why this would be. If you have spot on calories in total (I know it is more than calories) and are exercising optimally, what is it specifically about nuts that cause the problem? Gut irritation? I don't think that it could be fat, because we could always replace the nut fat with another form of fat and lean out. Any ideas?
a couple things:
LA: Short Chain Omega 6 Inflammation.
Bingeing, many people report that Nuts beget hunger. Whatever is going on chemically, in these people, eating a few makes them ravenous for more.
Snacking, some people also use nuts to fill voids between meals and end up consuming calories they didnt need just to pass the time. Eat when youre hungry, with meals... dont snack.
Lectins. Just like Legumes, almost identical to legumes, nuts are seeds that dont want to be eaten.
Chock full of Minerals Vitamins and Nutrients. Just don't work for some people.
I recommend using a N=1 approach and do Elimination Testing to see how YOU react to them.
for weight loss, for almost everyone, I recommend low fruit, low nut intake, after weight loss, its up to you and how you feel on these foods.
In my opinion, I don't think there's anything in nuts that directly inhibits fat loss other than their tastiness and caloric density. People tend to under-estimate their nut intake, which inhibits fat loss through over-consumption.
I have leaned out just fine on several occasions while eating 1-2oz of nuts daily... but I was strict when it came to measuring the amount (not typicaly paleo I know.) But it works for me.
Well, they are insulinogenic, but a lot of things are. Personally, I'm really sensitive to insulin and I get a response similar to when I eat sugars, especially if they are raw. It doesn't make sense, but I've experienced this many times.
I never knew this. I only eat 1 to 2 handfuls of raw nuts / seeds a day at most.
I think if you are eating a jar of almond butter along with raw nuts, and paleo granola, paleo cereals... Etc. Then you could just be overdoing it at that point. Everything in moderation, and in rotation.
Very often it's because of people eating too many...however, on the health note, most nuts/seeds (except hazlenuts and macadamia nuts) are high on the polyunsaturated fat side (whereas the others are better in the mono side). So they definitely aren't the best choices when it comes to the n-3/n-6 ratios.
My advice is to try using a different fat source at meals and snacks, and see how you do. Go with the avocados and avocado oil, olives and olive oil, coconut and coconut oil, and see how you do.
I will say I've seen quite a few people chow down through cups and cups of nuts as "snack" with no protein or fat. Have your fat with your meals/snacks.
Nuts also trip me up. After not having them for awhile I stop missing them, but when I reintroduce them, I eventually end up bingeing on them/wanting to eat them even when I'm not hungry for real food. Then I seriously miss them while trying to cut them out again...repeat :/ the same goes for cheese/chocolate.
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