Alright, so could eating about 2 tbsp of Almond Butter daily hinder my final goal? I head once that it is used in "bulking" only and that it could severely slow my progress for eventual fat loss. Is this true?
asked byFarrah (182)
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on April 18, 2013
at 06:47 PM
As long as you are taking into account of it's calories and compensating by eating less of other foods, then no it should not hinder your fat loss. I eat a tablespoon of almond butter several days a week, and personally I think that if anything it aids fat loss in the context of a well balanced, nutrient dense diet because they provide some valuable nutrients that are sometimes hard to get (ex. vitamin E and magnesium).
Now, if you're adding almond butter in addition to what you are eating before, then it will because it will be extra calories. Also, if you are eating almond butter on top of an already fat-rich diet, then it will also hinder fat loss by making it less likely you'll have the opportunity to burn your own endogenous fat stores for energy. Also, consider that they are void of omega 3 and do contain omega 6, so you'll have to get your omega 3s somewhere else.
In short then I say consider in the context of the rest of your diet. When considered alone, virtually no real, whole food will make or break your fat loss.
on April 18, 2013
at 10:27 PM
Study suggests that almonds improve glucose control and insulin sensitivity making them a sort of super-food whose calorie content should be overlooked in the grand scheme of things.
In summary, inclusion of almonds in the breakfast meal of IGT adults decreased blood glucose concentrations and increased satiety acutely and after a second meal. The lipid component of the almond appears to be largely responsible for the immediate post-ingestive response, although it cannot account for the second-meal response. Overall, daylong glucose, insulin and NEFA concentrations were attenuated in the WA (whole almond) and AO (almond oil)treatments, indicating an improved hormonal profile with their consumption. Importantly, the absolute magnitude of the blood glucose-lowering response equals that achieved with acute administration of acarbose in individuals with IGT , suggesting the physiological relevance and applicability of the current findings.
One study suggested the NEFA concentration 4 hours after a test breakfast accounted for ~50% of the variability in the glycemic response to a standard lunch . We found no significant difference at this time point and do not confirm that NEFA concentrations explain second-meal metabolic differences. However, AB (Almond Butter) resulted in the lowest overall degree of NEFA suppression in the morning period and was associated with the greatest blood glucose response to the standard lunch.