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An Avocado a day??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Quick question... has anyone found that eating an avocado a day is stalling their weight loss? I introduced one a few weeks ago to add some extra fat and calories into my diet. I am near my goal weight so I'm sure that could be a factor as well. I count my calories and eat < 40g of carbs a day. Thoughts? Thank you

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on March 22, 2013
at 02:07 AM

Again, some people swear by it. Ray Peat, Robb Wolf, etc. The issue here is does PUFA by itself hamrful above 5% or so of daily caloreis? Or does PUFA really signal omega 3 deficiency and therefore omega 3 vs. 6 imbalance? I think a little bit of both. I also have a hard time believing that over the 4% PUFA consumption driven mostly by olive oil, avocadoes, and healthy nuts are problematic.

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on March 22, 2013
at 12:32 AM

The 4% PUFA ceiling is sorta silly I think. Nearly any non-ruminant meat is going to push your over it.

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on March 21, 2013
at 09:38 PM

potassium is EXTREMELY hard to overdose on. i was eating about 20 bananas a day plus 1 avocado a day and had normal potassium levels for years.

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on March 21, 2013
at 05:45 PM

^ BS. I eat 2-3 avocados a day and I feel awesome. What's wrong with potassium?

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:01 PM

Avocado is full of potassium. You don't want to overdo it.

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:01 PM

It's not an avocado problem, it's an "to add some extra ... calories into my diet" problem.

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on March 21, 2013
at 09:39 PM

if the avocado is making you go over your caloric intake, then yeah, you might gain weight. the same would be true if you added an extra streak or something and your body didn't need it.

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:57 PM

the fact that you're reaching your goal weight could be a big factor. eventually your body adjusts when it reaches a certain point and weight loss will slow down significantly. i feel like this happens to a lot of people and they're quick to blame carbs/fruit. i eat at least one avocado every day and experience no ill effects. i would remove the avocado and wait two weeks and see if that changes anything. if it doesn't then your body is just naturally adjusting.

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on March 21, 2013
at 11:09 PM

If you're concerned about PUFA, you might wanna watch having one too many avocado. If you're concerned about putting a ceiling on daily PUFA intake to 4% or so, avocadoes can get you over the hump, especially if you also use olive oil.

One Hass avocado has 25g of fat, most of which is MUFA but 25% (5g) is PUFA. 5g of PUFA x 8.81 fat calorie /g = 44 calories. On a 2,000 cal per day diet, that's 2.5%. Add 2 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil and you're at 80 calories or 4%. Can add up very quickly, though I never heard of people consuming lots of avocadoes and EVOO having heart problems.

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on March 22, 2013
at 12:32 AM

The 4% PUFA ceiling is sorta silly I think. Nearly any non-ruminant meat is going to push your over it.

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

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on March 22, 2013
at 02:07 AM

Again, some people swear by it. Ray Peat, Robb Wolf, etc. The issue here is does PUFA by itself hamrful above 5% or so of daily caloreis? Or does PUFA really signal omega 3 deficiency and therefore omega 3 vs. 6 imbalance? I think a little bit of both. I also have a hard time believing that over the 4% PUFA consumption driven mostly by olive oil, avocadoes, and healthy nuts are problematic.

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on March 21, 2013
at 09:47 PM

Everyone's weight lose begins to decline as you approach your goal weight. Just keep at it. The last few take the longest.

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:15 PM

I eat an avocado everyday or two with a meal. It hasn't affected me negatively in any way to the best of my knowledge. My weight loss has stayed consistent and I find I usually feel better when I do!

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:02 PM

I feel like an Avocado a day would not stall weight loss, but it also depends on how near the mark your hitting the other weight loss targets - Sleep, exercise, etc.

Also, as a sidenote, I was eating 4-5 avocado's a week for quite sometime, and came to find out I had a severe allergy to them (food/blood test). Just something to think about.

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