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Why do nuts inhibit leaning out

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 17, 2011 at 2:10 PM

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?

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on January 18, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Short not shirt, stupid iphone autocorrect

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on January 18, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Nope, LA is Linoleic Acid, inflammatory shirt chain omega 6.

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on January 18, 2011
at 12:47 AM

I suspect this is the key. I have yet to measure my BG after eating nuts, but the way they set off cravings, and otherwise make me feel carbed up, I would not be surprised if for me and others they spike blood sugar more than should be expected based on macronutrients or calories. I guess I should try that.

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on January 18, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I just figured out that "LA" is lactic acid and I am obviously in the slow group on Paleo Hacks. Wow.

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on January 17, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Pre-Paleo, I did really well at less than 40% carb, 30% protein, 30% fat. I lost a lot of weight there. Losing the last 10/15% and 5% body fat I switched to Paleo and I'm at 50% fat, 30/35% protein, 20/25 carb. I just raised my calories to 1500 (after 1200 for 6 years), so this works out to be at 75-100 grams of protein and less than 75 grams of carb with the rest as fat. I love watching the numbers though, I know not everyone does.

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on January 17, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Sherpamelissa - what ratio do you find works best for you?

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:51 PM

This is the only answer needed, it covers all aspects of nuts.

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:42 PM

As long as I am within the right amount of calories, I find that it's the ratios of fat/protein/carbs that determines fat loss for me.

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:34 PM

It could be that you're overestimating your calorie needs. You could just cut out the nuts but keep everything else the same. If you can bear to part with them, that would do the trick as long as you're not compensating for the calorie loss with some other food.

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:26 PM

I also weigh and measure (gasp), but I just can't budge the scale or get smaller, so I thought that nuts might be the culprit.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on January 17, 2011
at 02:42 PM

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.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on January 18, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Nope, LA is Linoleic Acid, inflammatory shirt chain omega 6.

1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

(1248)

on January 17, 2011
at 02:51 PM

This is the only answer needed, it covers all aspects of nuts.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on January 18, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Short not shirt, stupid iphone autocorrect

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 18, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I just figured out that "LA" is lactic acid and I am obviously in the slow group on Paleo Hacks. Wow.

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on January 17, 2011
at 06:17 PM

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.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on January 18, 2011
at 12:47 AM

I suspect this is the key. I have yet to measure my BG after eating nuts, but the way they set off cravings, and otherwise make me feel carbed up, I would not be surprised if for me and others they spike blood sugar more than should be expected based on macronutrients or calories. I guess I should try that.

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:21 PM

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.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 17, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Pre-Paleo, I did really well at less than 40% carb, 30% protein, 30% fat. I lost a lot of weight there. Losing the last 10/15% and 5% body fat I switched to Paleo and I'm at 50% fat, 30/35% protein, 20/25 carb. I just raised my calories to 1500 (after 1200 for 6 years), so this works out to be at 75-100 grams of protein and less than 75 grams of carb with the rest as fat. I love watching the numbers though, I know not everyone does.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 17, 2011
at 02:26 PM

I also weigh and measure (gasp), but I just can't budge the scale or get smaller, so I thought that nuts might be the culprit.

Medium avatar

(3259)

on January 17, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Sherpamelissa - what ratio do you find works best for you?

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on January 17, 2011
at 02:34 PM

It could be that you're overestimating your calorie needs. You could just cut out the nuts but keep everything else the same. If you can bear to part with them, that would do the trick as long as you're not compensating for the calorie loss with some other food.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 17, 2011
at 02:42 PM

As long as I am within the right amount of calories, I find that it's the ratios of fat/protein/carbs that determines fat loss for me.

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:42 PM

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.

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on January 17, 2011
at 02:32 PM

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.

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:44 AM

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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on January 17, 2011
at 11:20 PM

It really inhibits weight loss for me as well. Not sure why, but I treat them like cheese and dark chocolate, which always mess me up.

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