Weight loss is something many of us are trying to achieve, and some of us are more successful than others. It can be hard to lose weight, especially if you are on a diet that restricts what you eat. The problem with many weight loss diets is they can leave you hungry or are so restrictive that they become boring and frustrating.
Many people struggle with snacking and eating on the go, foods that are easy to prepare and can be eaten quickly are the biggest problem many of us face in our diets.
So what is the answer? Nuts!
Nuts are quite possibly the perfect snack as they are healthy and are quick and easy to prepare.
Nuts are a quick and easy snack that can be easily kept in your bag or desk and munched on at work or on the go. This makes them a perfect snack in terms of convenience and ease with minimal preparation.
Nuts offer healthy fats that are good for heart and brain health.
All nuts contain fiber, which is essential for your digestive system. Additionally, fiber can make you feel full for longer so you are less likely to snack on other, sugary and non-healthy snacks.
Nuts are also high in Vitamin E, which is beneficial for your arteries and can help to prevent heart disease.
Nuts are a quick snack that is incredibly good for you, in many ways, particularly for your heart.
Nuts can help to lower your low-density lipoprotein, or ‘bad cholesterol’. High low-density lipoprotein is one of the leading causes of heart disease and strokes.
Many other snacks that are this quick and convenient are nowhere near as healthy. Nuts, therefore, are a much better option for snacking.
There are many diets that advocate nuts as part of the allowed food as a quick and easy snack. The Paleo diet, for example, focuses on only eating foods that were available in the Paleolithic era, which includes nuts, seeds, meat and other plant-based foods.
When Nuts Become Unhealthy
- Nuts are high in calories, and so moderation is key as eating too much of them at one time can easily tip the calorie count to 500 or more.
- Nuts are mostly fat, and while it is the good kind of fat, it is not recommended in high quantities.
- Nuts that are salted or covered in some kind of topping or coating are much unhealthier than perhaps many of us realize.
- If they are paired with any kind of sugary or salty snack or accompaniment, they become unhealthy and you are often no better off than snacking on the usual unhealthy snack foods.
- Even nuts that are advertised as roasted can be unhealthy, as they will be roasted in oils that are not good for us at all.
It is best to eat nuts, which are dry roasted or raw without any coatings or flavorings. Always check the labels.
The Best Nuts
All nuts are about equal when it comes to calories per ounce and contain high levels of omega 3 and protein.
The nuts with the lowest number of calories are almonds, cashews, and pistachios.
In contrast, the highest calorie nuts to snack on are macadamia and pecans. However, as long as you eat them in reasonable portions they will still be healthier than many other snacks out there.
Some nuts contain plant sterols, which are often added to many foods due to its health benefits. However, nuts have plenty of this naturally, so make them a healthy choice for a snack.
Brazil nuts in particular are incredibly healthy and good for weight loss. Two Brazil nuts contains more than your daily allowance of selenium, which is crucial for metabolism, the immune system, and reproductive health.
Similarly, walnuts have high levels of polyunsaturated fats, also known as the good type of fat. A handful of these can help with weight loss and overall health.
Almonds are another top choice, this time because they contain many complex carbohydrates. These carbohydrates will ensure you feel satisfied and full up from just a handful of almonds, and won’t be tempted to reach for the sugary, unhealthy snacks shortly afterwards.
Finally, pistachio nuts have also been shown to reduce BMI in individuals and help contribute to effective weight loss.