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Are nuts a good snack?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Hi there,

I'm trying to lose weight, but I seem to have plateaued.. I snack on nuts, maybe 200g a day. I find paleo difficult to follow without using nuts as a snack, but think this could be preventing me from losing weight? I eat beef, chicken, bacon, cabbage, carrots, frozen peas. 3 litres or so of water a day. No grains, no dairy and no chocolate or sweets. Fruit is minimal in my diet too. I would think the weight would be dropping off. Is it the nuts? Almonds and walnuts. Any ideas!?! Tips!?

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on February 27, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I second the fat. I've been drinking pastured butter and heavy cream in my coffee in the morning and it helps tremendously with snacking.

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on February 22, 2012
at 09:27 PM

200gm of walnuts is 1200 cals!

Yes, I think this is probably going to cause you an issue.

Also, you might want to revisit your definition of "snack".

Personally, I put away 2oz (60gm) a day at the very most. More than that, and I stall.

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on February 22, 2012
at 09:47 PM

What Joshua said. Also you're probably ruining your O6:3 ratio, which isn't going to do you any weight loss favors.

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on February 27, 2012
at 09:12 PM

"I find paleo difficult to follow without using nuts as a snack"

Sounds like you just need to work on your thinking a bit. No one ever said nuts were a necessary paleo food, though a lot of folks like to recommend them. I hereby challenge you to eat paleo for one week without the nuts.

I don't eat nuts at all, but if I did it would be infrequent and only in topping form. In other words, lightly sprinkled on a salad or the occasional fruit/yogurt dessert.

Also, if you focus on making your meals more satiating, you won't have to snack.

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:12 AM

200g is a lot, but I feel your pain.

I also seem to have a nutty addiction, but I've been transitioning more to just eating bagged lettuce/spinach/kale/etc. when I feel I must snack on something. Like everything else, it is an acquired 'taste', but I am personally one to enjoy the more subtle tastes and textures in foods.

Peas are also not paleo if you are eating a lot of them. I learned this well after barely making it to a restroom after reintroducing them into my diet before a long bike ride.

Also try to eat gobs of fat in the morning. When I first started paleo a year ago I would eat more than a half pound of bacon in the mornings with some eggs, and I would almost not feel hungry until dinner time.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 27, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I second the fat. I've been drinking pastured butter and heavy cream in my coffee in the morning and it helps tremendously with snacking.

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on February 22, 2012
at 10:11 PM

200 grams is a whole lot of nuts and it has culprit written all over it. Try substituting beef jerky (preferably homemade) as your snack and see what happens.

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on March 04, 2012
at 10:54 AM

Well, unfortunately, paleo doesn't always lead to weight loss, especially if you're female, without calorie restriction.

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on February 27, 2012
at 11:05 PM

Phytates, a problem with nuts. I also think, or read somewhere, that transport and storage is an issue with some, like cashew & pistachio. Maybe someone else knows more. And, as mentioned above the 3-6 ratio. Cordain lists walnuts, pecans, macadamia, as top 3. I use nuts sparingly, as a treat, or appetizer while cooking fresh food. -Billy

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on February 27, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Very little stalled my weight loss when I started. Nuts were one of the only culprits.

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Thanks for this post! I am a at a plateau also.....I have bad cravings for almond butter and will snack on a spoonful here and there everyday. It is my only downfall. I have to try and cut it out and substitute it for something else......deviled eggs sound good! Hard boiled egg even, something.

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on February 22, 2012
at 10:44 PM

in the winter they are okay- it becomes seasonal around autumn and the omega 6s they have is okay to take in larger amounts- but not in the spring when omega 3s are the fat of choice. Have a few but if Paleo is hard to follow without nuts as a snack then you are not eating enough FAT in your diet. Better off making some eggs

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on February 22, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Im a big fan of snacking on carrot sticks or everyday paleo deviled eggs. Much better than nuts.

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on February 22, 2012
at 09:24 PM

200g is a lot! That may be your problem.

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