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Survey: Which do you think is worse for weight loss, nuts or fruit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 11, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I need a snack which is better/worse for weight loss?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on September 12, 2012
at 07:33 AM

Nuts are worse imo due to pufa content and antienzyme activities.

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on September 11, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Nuts are worse or better?

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on September 11, 2012
at 11:10 PM

10-20 almonds? I like to eat a variety of nuts at the same time.

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on September 11, 2012
at 06:45 PM

how many is a few? I eat a handful of almonds and all I want is more almonds

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 11, 2012
at 06:16 PM

nuts hands down better for fat loss. It still baffles me how fruitarians can get to low body fat percentages like dr. doug graham. No, they don't look healthy and they are not well muscled, but still, they have like 5% body fat? WTF?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:56 PM

because 1% body fat change is noticeable on someone with 5% body fat, but not on someone with 18% body fat. So, feeling the effects of nutrients on your body probably become more pronounced the lower your body fat becomes. This is part of the reason I like I am take everything Jimmy Moore says about weight (fat) loss with a grain or a million of salt. Sounds mean an insensitive, but experience trumps science IMHO.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Good question- I feel it. I feel it before I visibly notice it. Just feels like you aren't burning fat. If you have ever taken a good fat burner before working out, you can literally feel it working as it gets you hot beneath the skin (like yohimbine products with guggelsterones will do that). I generally feel like that 24/7, except to a lesser degree. After eating fruit, say in the middle of day when I'm resting, I feel less dry...like my furnace isn't burning hot. It doesn't feel good and it makes me physically and physiologically uncomfortable. Part of the reason is...

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Same here. Also, fruit consumption starts me on a sugar cycle that's hard to shake off -- energy levels all over the place, insane carb cravings, the works. I'm good when I stick to almonds and walnuts.

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:46 PM

out of curiosity...what exactly do you notice when you are in "fat storing mode"

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Disclaimer- I don't think fructose is evil though. I eat fruit daily (apples, oranges, figs, berries) when I'm not purposefully trying to lose fat.

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on September 11, 2012
at 04:59 PM

nuts are worser

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on September 11, 2012
at 04:58 PM

nuts are more energy dense and easier to overeat.

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on September 11, 2012
at 04:59 PM

nuts are worser

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0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

on September 11, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Fruit, definitely.

Nuts help me maintain a healthy diet and nuts satisfy me. I can eat a few nuts and say "I feel satiated now. I don't need to eat anymore."

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Same here. Also, fruit consumption starts me on a sugar cycle that's hard to shake off -- energy levels all over the place, insane carb cravings, the works. I'm good when I stick to almonds and walnuts.

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on September 11, 2012
at 11:10 PM

10-20 almonds? I like to eat a variety of nuts at the same time.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 11, 2012
at 06:45 PM

how many is a few? I eat a handful of almonds and all I want is more almonds

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on September 11, 2012
at 06:15 PM

Definitely nuts. Danny Roddy lost weight with orange juice, I lost belly fat, and Cliff said he gains lean muscle mass and doesn't gain fat with it.

I don't understand why people talk about 'overindulgence', 'satiety', 'calories' as if they are the real problem. They're only symptoms, and tinkering with them is as smart as treating hypercholesterolemia with statins or treating diabetes with insulin.

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on September 11, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Nuts are worse or better?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on September 12, 2012
at 07:33 AM

Nuts are worse imo due to pufa content and antienzyme activities.

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on September 11, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I would recommend you having a snack which is high in fat and protein, rather than high in fructose, so i would go with nuts as a snack.

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C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:49 PM

I avoid both of them. I limit them to once a week and only when I'm in a maintanence phase. If trying to lose I avoid them altogether until ready to just maintain. That's what works for me as far as weight loss :)

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Both can be overindulged. There are a couple cases against fruit when your looking at "fat" loss. One is that you can easily obtain all the vitamins and such found in fruit from less caloric or sugar dense vegetables. I recall nuts do have a profile of minerals not as easily obtained.

And while fruit provides sugar nuts are a good source of both protein and fat, and a nice little portion of carbs which usually relates to longer satiety.

So I vote thumbs up for nuts!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:16 PM

nuts hands down better for fat loss. It still baffles me how fruitarians can get to low body fat percentages like dr. doug graham. No, they don't look healthy and they are not well muscled, but still, they have like 5% body fat? WTF?

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on September 11, 2012
at 05:14 PM

For weight loss all that matters is calories. However, for fat loss, the type of food plays a significant role.

I find though, that generally speaking I have to be cautious of both. A serving of fruit in the morning or post workout is fine for maintenance, and up to 1oz of nuts throughout the day is fine for me as well (I often do a cup of cottage cheese with a handful of almonds before bed when I'm hungry after dinner) However, if I'm actively trying to lean up, I typically reduce my nut consumption to unsweetened almond milk in my coffee and cherry tomatoes on my daily lunch-time salad. I do always include olive oil and often cucumbers as well, but for all intents and purposes, those are metabolically a non-starchy vegetable and a fat source. I notice within hours after eating fruit that I am in a fat storing mode, so I avoid it.

So, I guess technically I include both, no matter what, but they are still limited (almond milk in coffee and cherry tomatoes on salads). for fat loss, I'd say (non nightshade) fruit is worse. I notice within hours after eating fruit that I am in a fat storing mode, so I avoid it. The same goes with too many nuts at once...but the same goes for everything! Fruit, however, has a very low threshold for me.

A3a4696c919e916ec971691559e9c942

(2043)

on September 11, 2012
at 05:46 PM

out of curiosity...what exactly do you notice when you are in "fat storing mode"

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 11, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Good question- I feel it. I feel it before I visibly notice it. Just feels like you aren't burning fat. If you have ever taken a good fat burner before working out, you can literally feel it working as it gets you hot beneath the skin (like yohimbine products with guggelsterones will do that). I generally feel like that 24/7, except to a lesser degree. After eating fruit, say in the middle of day when I'm resting, I feel less dry...like my furnace isn't burning hot. It doesn't feel good and it makes me physically and physiologically uncomfortable. Part of the reason is...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 11, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Disclaimer- I don't think fructose is evil though. I eat fruit daily (apples, oranges, figs, berries) when I'm not purposefully trying to lose fat.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 11, 2012
at 05:56 PM

because 1% body fat change is noticeable on someone with 5% body fat, but not on someone with 18% body fat. So, feeling the effects of nutrients on your body probably become more pronounced the lower your body fat becomes. This is part of the reason I like I am take everything Jimmy Moore says about weight (fat) loss with a grain or a million of salt. Sounds mean an insensitive, but experience trumps science IMHO.

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Fruit. Much as I hated to give it up (because of its nutrients), it really has made a difference. I'm pretty careful with nuts, but at least they keep my blood sugar in check.

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on September 12, 2012
at 01:34 AM

Depends on the person. Losing weight REQUIRES a calorie deficit (no person has ever broken the laws of thermodynamics). Of course, the type of food you eat while in a calorie deficit (or any other time) will affect your appetite, mood, energy levels, hormones, health, etc.

Getting back to the question, if a small handful of nuts quickly turns into several large handfuls... Then it might be better to avoid the nuts while you are trying to lose weight. And if the natural sugars in fruit (or starches in root veggies) stimulate your appetite, it's probably best to avoid them.

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on September 12, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Nuts and especially nut butters have been my downfall lately and my waistline is paying the price. :(

I would definitely say that nuts are far easier to overindulge in than fruits, unless you're talking dried fruit and then it's probably a toss up. I shouldn't keep either in the house but I'm having a hard time quitting the nuts which is never a good thing!

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on September 11, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I was eating nuts like it was nobody's business and somehow lost 10 lbs my first two weeks eating paleo... and I was already a healthy weight so it's not like I had a ton of weight to spare and could lose it really easily (5' 8" and I went from 140 to 130 - 10 lbs is more than a small dent).

Don't get me wrong, I was eating plenty of fruit, too, but not at all at the rate I was wolfing down pistachios. I should also add the caveat that I'm very active, so that may have had something to do with it, too.

As a point of reference, a 15 oz. bag of shelled pistachios was gone in 3 days, PLUS I was also eating other nuts and a TON of sunflower seeds even on top of that.

I think, for me, sugar was my biggest problem. I was a sugar addict before, so when I went paleo my carb consumption dropped such a huge amount that my huge nut intake didn't make much difference.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 11, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I think nuts are worse. I can easily down 600+ calories of nuts. Fruit is harder to overindulge since there is more bulk. Bananas are 100-200 calories; Apples are about 100 calories; A whole pint of strawberries are 110 calories; Where as a cup of Macadamia Nuts will run you 959 calories

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