Is my desk-side bag of nuts play­ing havoc with my weight goals?

Women's Health Australia - - ASK WOMEN'S HEALTH -

Hate to break it to you but, if you’re se­ri­ous about shift­ing ex­cess weight, the an­swer is yes. That’s ac­cord­ing to re­searchers from New Zealand, who found that re­strict­ing some healthy fats (think: nuts and av­o­cado) can help you lose weight and keep it off. How? “It’s sim­ple: when a person adds higher-en­ergy foods such as nuts to their diet, they gain weight,” says lead study au­thor Dr Ni­cholas Wright. But what of the ev­i­dence that says un­salted nuts are a lean, mean snack­ing choice? Not so fast. “Many of these stud­ies are calo­rie-con­trolled,” says Wright, “so the re­searchers won’t al­low par­tic­i­pants to con­sume nuts in a large enough amount to gain weight.” The up­shot is, giv­ing your­self free rein to pol­ish off a bag of cashews over an af­ter­noon will do your get-lean tar­get no good. So, what’s the fix? Ba­si­cally, says Wright, you need to tem­per your love of “good” fats. Still keen on those cashews? “If you are look­ing to lose or main­tain weight, keep them as a treat and stop at one small hand­ful,” he says.

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