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Weight Gain with nuts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 03, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Hi , it's fall and as I looked out my window this morning I saw some squirrels eating nuts falling from an acorn tree in my backyard and I was like Eureka.

I've usually been normal weight even though I've seen myself as thin (male). About 8 months ago I decided to put on weight and have gained maybe 15-20 pounds ish to a more respectable 188 @ 6'3". I'm looking to get to maybe 205-220 area and I know I can do it by eating Klondike bars, Haagen Dazs and homemade french fries deep fried in coconut oil. However, Before you jump down my throat and tell me those foods aren't paleo, I REALIZE THAT.

I'm posting here because those are the foods that have helped me gain the weight I've gained so far. That and Steak in combination. So my question to you today is the following.

Have nuts helped anyone here gain weight or hindered anyone here from losing weight (almonds, brazils, walnuts, pecans, macademians)? I consider this an extreme paleo question for this specific reason:

It is fall where I live (Atlanta, Georgia), and I see tons of wild animals eating up nuts to pack on weight for the winter. I understand that such a high omega 6-3 ratio probably wouldn't be ideal long-term (understatement), but for the very specific reason of gaining seasonal weight for the winter, does it seem like a good idea? And does anyone have experience trying this?

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on November 19, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Thanks for that, I was 145 at 6'3" back when I was vegan 2.5ish years ago. Once I started eating normal I got up to 175 ish, then 185ish eating a ton of beef and organ meats but to gain any more I think I will have to just suck it up and include a descent amount of carbs in my diet. I'll probably do it in the form of potatoes/carrots with my steaks. Thanks for telling me about your first hand experience with this same issue. I'll update this post in another month if I see results.

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on November 09, 2012
at 02:13 PM

I live in Atlanta, too. It feels cold to us, even if it doesn't to Yankees.

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on November 09, 2012
at 02:08 PM

I love watching the squirrels, too! They are so freaking cute.

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on November 09, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Dude. Nuts are already way too easy to eat.

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on November 04, 2012
at 05:03 PM

yes I was implying that nut butters are easier to digest than nuts

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on November 03, 2012
at 11:06 PM

See, I haven't been able to get fat from eating fat, but I don't eat vegetable fats so I came up with a theory that maybe the high 6:3 ratio creates an inflammatory state in the body which leads to weight gain. It's a rough theory but made sense to me since many mammals fatten up on nuts in winter months.

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on November 03, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Do you imply that nut butters are generally easier to digest than nuts?

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on November 03, 2012
at 02:46 AM

Eat lots of healthy carbs (sweet potatoes, taro root, white rice - I might get blasted for that one) and lots of saturated fats. I know when I start gaining a bit of weight, I have been eating too many sweet potatoes or carbs and need to cut back. Good luck.

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on November 09, 2012
at 09:57 AM

If you want to gain weight, you need CARBS.

Nuts are calorific, yes, but I find they give me way too many digestive problems plus I can't stop eating them once I start. Plus they're more expensive than carbs in general.

Starches are the best - potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squashes, chestnuts, and white rice if you swing that way. (I do.) Fruits are the next best bet - your best choices are low-sugar ones, like berries. Eat your carbs post-workout, preferably in the evening so that you don't bonk in the day.

I gained about 20lbs on Paleo, both muscles and fat (I was emaciated before this, trust me), with white rice. Much stronger now. And to be honest you don't need to eat THAT much carbs compared to normal people; I have one serving of starch on non-gym days and two servings on gym days and that's about it.

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on November 19, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Thanks for that, I was 145 at 6'3" back when I was vegan 2.5ish years ago. Once I started eating normal I got up to 175 ish, then 185ish eating a ton of beef and organ meats but to gain any more I think I will have to just suck it up and include a descent amount of carbs in my diet. I'll probably do it in the form of potatoes/carrots with my steaks. Thanks for telling me about your first hand experience with this same issue. I'll update this post in another month if I see results.

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on November 03, 2012
at 04:14 AM

I'm one of those people who immediately gain if they start including nuts, simply because they are so darn easy to overeat. Ditto fruit. My 'happy' weight is pretty low so I watch these (and the scale) like a hawk.

I've noticed I don't gain as much as fast on almonds or walnuts for whatever reason, but macadamias, brazils and others ounce for ounce give me way more gain trouble than they're worth.

Edited to add: I'm very curious as to why a human animal would want to gain weight seasonally. (Especially if they live in Atlanta.)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on November 09, 2012
at 02:13 PM

I live in Atlanta, too. It feels cold to us, even if it doesn't to Yankees.

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on November 03, 2012
at 04:31 PM

nuts kill me because I've convinced myself that I'm addicted to them...

I've ate 2 lbs of almonds in 2 days. Needless to say...i never buy them anymore.

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on November 03, 2012
at 03:03 PM

I don't have any personal experience with nuts since I try to stay away from them for weight loss, but yesterday, my nutricionist told me that she believes I have been so successful with weight/fat loss due to the fact that I have avoided nuts this whole time. She says usually people "abuse" nuts as a snack and that hinders their weight loss.

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on November 03, 2012
at 02:38 PM

If you're trying to pack on muscle, then eat big right after your workouts. Make sure you get your protein to stem the tide of muscle catabolysis. Steak and fish are going to be great bets, and canned salmon can help if you can't get home to eat within 45 minutes. Some experts say that you should get your carbs in during these PWO meals, because that's the time your body has the highest insulin sensitivity. I've also heard that you should try to avoid fats in this time window, because they can slow the absorption of micronutrients.

Homework: http://paleomg.com/jons-post/

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on November 09, 2012
at 04:24 AM

Funnily, I think some nuts (like almonds) are incredibly hard to digest so you would have to severely abuse them (a pound a day) to gain weight....

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on November 09, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Easy to Eat Nuts for Anyone. Enjoy healthy nuts or simply add them to food. Check it out at: http://www.EasyToEatNuts.com

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on November 09, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Dude. Nuts are already way too easy to eat.

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on November 03, 2012
at 08:46 AM

Your naturally intended body weight and size is the one determined through a paleolithic diet.

If you have any trouble with energy or hunger, try consuming more pasture-raised animal fat, coconut oil, etc.

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:20 AM

Nuts are actually tough for humans to digest even when eaten in excess. I have seen estimates that we don't absorb 30% of the calories, even in nut butter form but especially whole form

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on November 04, 2012
at 05:03 PM

yes I was implying that nut butters are easier to digest than nuts

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on November 03, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Do you imply that nut butters are generally easier to digest than nuts?

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on November 03, 2012
at 11:06 PM

See, I haven't been able to get fat from eating fat, but I don't eat vegetable fats so I came up with a theory that maybe the high 6:3 ratio creates an inflammatory state in the body which leads to weight gain. It's a rough theory but made sense to me since many mammals fatten up on nuts in winter months.

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on November 03, 2012
at 03:53 AM

I've found that it requires just as much effort to gain weight as it does to lose weight just because eating paleo is so darn satiating. It's like I'm full all the time! I've found I can only eat so much sweet potato before I have a baby bump going on.

So nuts have been a bit of a go to food for me to get some extra calorific bang for your buck. I simply up my intake of oily, high omega fish and grass-fed beef to the side to balance out the Omega 3/6s. But I feel that I can only eat so many nuts before they start to make me feel rather stodgy inside anyway. They just don't digest well in larger quantities. So I also turn to other high calorie foods like coconut oil and cream. I've also been downing quite a bit of organic 85% dark chocolate and medjool dates (hi card bombs) - I know none of this stuff in excess is ideal. I figure though, in the short term, it shouldn't do too much harm and once you get to your desired weight, you can normalize your eating again. The big difference I've noticed is that I'm not feeling the fluctuations in mood etc from cramming my body with processed and refined poo. I'd rather not sacrifice my energy levels and sanity in the process. I still want to be conscious about what I put into my body.

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