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How many nuts are too many? Hack my food.

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 07, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Hey y'all. I am doing the 30-day Paleo and I am on week two today.

Started off losing some weight and was down to 107.5 and today I am on 108.6. (I am 28 yrs old and 5.2)

With this Paleo thirty days I would like (excluding feeling better, etc, etc) Have a more toned body and become stronger. I do not feel like I am going in the right direction... because it is not muscles I put on but fat. My abs are gone and I need to blame something!

Am I eating too many nuts? I am eating about a handful every morning (got small hands though) and maybe a handful in the afternoon pre-WOD.

Excluding the nuts, I eat a ton of meat and probably two apples a day. I do not eat eggs and I am pretty bad at eating veggies.

I need your expertise!

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

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on May 09, 2012
at 10:22 PM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-it-primal-8-foods-scrutinized/#axzz1uOkeXRXU

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 09, 2012
at 04:37 AM

You comments makes me sad bc I clearly state that it does not have to do with weight, but more gaining weight and muscles. NOT getting more body fat on my stomach with, since I am pretty petite, I can both feel and see fast. Just bc I am small am I not allowed to ask questions like this? I am a healthy, happy woman who wants to get stronger and you make it sound like I have an eating disorder. So.Much.Rage.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on May 08, 2012
at 12:52 AM

I may be dumb, but I seriously don't even know whether cashews are legumes or seeds.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 08, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Thank you for sharing this article. Are the authors saying 65%-85% of energy provided by nuts becomes used up for dietary compensation, energy expenditure, and 10-15% of the energy ends up in fecal matter? So maximum 100% of the energy becomes bio-unavailable? Hmmmm I don't know about this, because it's funded by the Almond Board of California...

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 07, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Cashews are legumes.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on May 07, 2012
at 11:45 PM

*focusing on getting stronger, and not losing weight. I took that as a sign that she is just worried about continued weight gain, which I think was overblown by gaining just one tiny pound, which was probably just water anyways.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 07, 2012
at 11:44 PM

That's considered a healthy weight, and the OP said that she was focusing on getting stronger. From my understanding, she just worried about the weight gain (though it was so minor that I don't think she should worry) continuing. It freaking makes me angry when people who are slim to begin with want to get down to unhealthy levels and people give advice on fasting, carb-cutting, etc. I recall a post about someone who was 5'5", 100 lbs, wanting to lose fat, working out for AT LEAST two hours a day on around 1300 calories and many people posting tips on how to lean out/lose fat. So. Much. Rage.

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on May 07, 2012
at 11:17 PM

Cashews aren't allowed? Huh? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 07, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Though looking at your avatar pic, I'm not convinced you need to lose any weight.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 07, 2012
at 09:41 PM

If it tastes too good to be paleo, it is probably not good for weight loss....

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 07, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Ahh the answer I did not want :) Thank you though!

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 07, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Last week was basically like this. Breakfast: Water Handful of cashews and a few almonds. About 5 Strawberries About 5 Blackberies 2 slides of bacon Fishoil, and multivitamines. Snack Apple Lunch 1 Chicken cutlet stir fried with about 8-10 asparagus Snack 3 slides of Watermelon/Apple Handful of cashews Dinner Homemade "hamburger" just meat.. nothing else. Uh. Snack: One or two spoon of this which is AWESOME and taste way to good to be Paleo http://paleomg.com/chocolate-coffee-caramel-bars/

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 07, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I had no idea that cashews were not allowed! Oops. Thank you for that. I do not weight so much from the beginning so I can actually feel a body change after just a pound, but yeah it could be water weight and other things as well.

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06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

on May 07, 2012
at 10:59 PM

I feel like everyone missed the obvious here.. at 5'2''.... and 108 pounds you cannot possibly need to lose any more weight. If anything you should gain weight. 108 is the very very low end for your height.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 07, 2012
at 11:45 PM

*focusing on getting stronger, and not losing weight. I took that as a sign that she is just worried about continued weight gain, which I think was overblown by gaining just one tiny pound, which was probably just water anyways.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 07, 2012
at 11:44 PM

That's considered a healthy weight, and the OP said that she was focusing on getting stronger. From my understanding, she just worried about the weight gain (though it was so minor that I don't think she should worry) continuing. It freaking makes me angry when people who are slim to begin with want to get down to unhealthy levels and people give advice on fasting, carb-cutting, etc. I recall a post about someone who was 5'5", 100 lbs, wanting to lose fat, working out for AT LEAST two hours a day on around 1300 calories and many people posting tips on how to lean out/lose fat. So. Much. Rage.

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 09, 2012
at 04:37 AM

You comments makes me sad bc I clearly state that it does not have to do with weight, but more gaining weight and muscles. NOT getting more body fat on my stomach with, since I am pretty petite, I can both feel and see fast. Just bc I am small am I not allowed to ask questions like this? I am a healthy, happy woman who wants to get stronger and you make it sound like I have an eating disorder. So.Much.Rage.

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on May 07, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I'm going to guess that it's about 30 grams of nuts you're eating a day, and that quantity is totally fine! Eating more meat and working out could just mean that you're gaining muscle and losing fat. Go by how you look in the mirror, how your clothes fit, how you feel, what others say, and the tape measurer.

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 07, 2012
at 09:43 PM

I'd say lose the "Chocolate Coffee Caramel Bars" (in your comment above) first. Then, if still not losing weight, cut back on nuts. Things like honey and dried fruit, while technically may be paleo, are likely not conducive for weight loss (especially if you've stalled out).

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 07, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Though looking at your avatar pic, I'm not convinced you need to lose any weight.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 07, 2012
at 08:06 PM

You answered you own question. Bag the nuts until you get what you want. By then you'll have realized you never need to eat nuts ever again. ......IMHO: There's way to much love for nuts in the previous answers. Especially during a 30 day challenge.

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 07, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Ahh the answer I did not want :) Thank you though!

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on May 07, 2012
at 08:05 PM

A gain of about a pound probably doesn't' mean much. That is such a minimal change that it could just be natural fluctuation. It was probably some bloat or just water weight. I doubt that today being the start of your second week..that so little time of a change in diet put on that much "fat" to show.

That begin said, cashews aren't true nuts if you're doing that "30-day plan". But I don't think cashews are the end of the world either. And I think the amount is fine. But if you're striving for that 30-day plan, you can substitute walnuts or something that gives you a satisfying crunch.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 07, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Cashews are legumes.

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 07, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I had no idea that cashews were not allowed! Oops. Thank you for that. I do not weight so much from the beginning so I can actually feel a body change after just a pound, but yeah it could be water weight and other things as well.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on May 07, 2012
at 11:17 PM

Cashews aren't allowed? Huh? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 08, 2012
at 12:52 AM

I may be dumb, but I seriously don't even know whether cashews are legumes or seeds.

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on May 07, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I don't think that's too much, as long as you can limit yourself to a handful or two a day. The reason most people avoid nuts is because it's easy to overeat. Besides, a large portion of nuts go unabsorbed (i.e. it gets excreted out of your body through poop). http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/Volume19/vol19.1/Finished/19_1731_137-141.pdf

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on May 08, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Thank you for sharing this article. Are the authors saying 65%-85% of energy provided by nuts becomes used up for dietary compensation, energy expenditure, and 10-15% of the energy ends up in fecal matter? So maximum 100% of the energy becomes bio-unavailable? Hmmmm I don't know about this, because it's funded by the Almond Board of California...

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 09, 2012
at 10:22 PM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-it-primal-8-foods-scrutinized/#axzz1uOkeXRXU

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on May 07, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Can we see a typical daily meal plan?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 07, 2012
at 09:41 PM

If it tastes too good to be paleo, it is probably not good for weight loss....

86c9cfc15a450e21791a3e6ff52acf3f

(70)

on May 07, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Last week was basically like this. Breakfast: Water Handful of cashews and a few almonds. About 5 Strawberries About 5 Blackberies 2 slides of bacon Fishoil, and multivitamines. Snack Apple Lunch 1 Chicken cutlet stir fried with about 8-10 asparagus Snack 3 slides of Watermelon/Apple Handful of cashews Dinner Homemade "hamburger" just meat.. nothing else. Uh. Snack: One or two spoon of this which is AWESOME and taste way to good to be Paleo http://paleomg.com/chocolate-coffee-caramel-bars/

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(925)

on May 07, 2012
at 07:57 PM

if you can incorporate more veggies into your diet that would be very good. They will help you feel full with added fiber and not a lot of added calories. Plus there are lots of vitamins in veggies you need. Nuts are a good source of protein, but they are also very calorie-filled, so I would say take it easy on the nuts. Try to vary your fruits as well. if you don't think you have time to cook veggies, just cook enough to last you a few days and heat them up (or not) as you go. That's what I do.

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