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