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Too many nuts for weight loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Been doing paleo for nearly 5 weeks and have lost 15lb although most of that was during the first 2.5 weeks

Weight loss has really slowed off for me although I am, Ithink, very strict, but I am eating approx 2oz nuts every day, is it this which is inhibited the weight loss? Or do you think 1.5lb a week loss is about right?

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on July 19, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Dave S, no I make sure I leave at least 4 hrs between meals, so the nuts tend to be either with a salad (in which case its fewer) or a handful from the tin after lunch. Going to have a look at Peter's posts on FIAF, thanks for that

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on July 19, 2012
at 06:53 PM

I have about 1.5 stone more to lose. The nuts I'm eating are a mix of brazil, almond, walnut, pecan and hazelnut.

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on July 19, 2012
at 03:43 PM

If The nuts are what is putting your consumption into an amount that is more than what your maintenance requires then yes it's he nuts. Remember that caloric intake controls weight. Calories still matter though paleo food choices are good for you.

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on July 19, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Are you eating these nuts between meals as snacks? It's best to reduce or eliminate snacking for fat loss. The more your digestive system is in a fasted state, the more fat you will burn. Read some of Peter's posts on FIAF (fasting induced adipose factor) over at Hyperlipid for at least part of the reason.

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1.5 lbs a week is a good safe, healthy weight loss, and it adds up over time. I did the same and in 6 months I was trying to put weight back on...once I became fat adapted I was a fat burning machine. I also enjoyed about 2 oz of nuts per day and some chocolate, I didnt want to be super strict or suffer, and I didnt! keep it up!!

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on July 19, 2012
at 01:02 PM

1.5lb a week is great. Don't knock that! Congrats!

Not sure how much you have to lose, but even if it's a lot, it'll still come off in time.

I don't think 2oz a day would stall you. That's not all that much, but I'm sure others will jump in here and ask how many total calories you're consuming, because depending on what kind of nuts you're eating, 2oz could be around 400 calories. There's a chance it could be hindering your weight loss, but I'd like to know more about what your diet is like overall, and what your starting weight was. The rate of loss can be different if you have, say, 100 pounds to lose vs. 20.

Plus, the more dramatic loss you saw during those first two weeks was probably getting rid of a lot of retained water. That's not to say it doesn't matter b/c it was water weight -- just that that tends to come off pretty darn quick and the body fat may be a little more gradual

Also: Do NOT go solely by the scale. Scale numbers can be very wonky from day to day, especially for women. Find a tight pair of pants and try them on every 2 weeks or so...see if they're getting looser.

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on July 19, 2012
at 06:53 PM

I have about 1.5 stone more to lose. The nuts I'm eating are a mix of brazil, almond, walnut, pecan and hazelnut.

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on July 19, 2012
at 01:02 PM

1.5lb per week is a decent amount of weight loss, and you should not complain about that. Also, it is common to hit a slight plateau or slowing about 2-3 weeks in due to your body trying to adjust. Keep doing what you are doing. Nuts can be problematic for people trying to lose weight because they are very calorie dense and for some (myself include) hyper palatable. If it really is just 2oz a da, thats not too bad, but I would not go beyond that, and you might even want to cut back on nuts even more if you have a lot of weight to lose. Good luck!

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on January 24, 2013
at 12:00 PM

You should listen to your body. It it tells you that you should eat nuts, eat them. But your consuming amouny of it is really big. Probably you should take [spam link removed!] for curbing appetite

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on July 19, 2012
at 02:44 PM

The only way to find out if they are the problem is to cut them out for a few weeks. If you want a crunchy snack try carrots or bell peppers. My biggest problem is nuts and nut related products, not only do they make me gain weight but I also tend to under-estimate how much of them I am actually eating. Just experiment to see what works for you.

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