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Monday, 18 May 2015

Diet And You: How "Nuts" Are Helpful In A Weight Loss Program

You are what you eat. Always bear this in mind. Our day to day food makeup, ultimately have a way of shapening our body (internally and externally). In this article, we would take out time to analyze different variety of food, its beneficial and its deleterious effect to humans. The body image we portray have a direct relationship to healthy diet recipes.

Generally, nuts are good sources of nutrient. This is especially so in persons on a weight reduction program. Weight loss diets that include nuts are often more effective than diets devoid of nuts supplementation.

Peanuts is a case in point. Being a low calorie food, peanut consumption is proven to be beneficial in a weight loss program.

A 2008 review, as published in the Journal of Nutrition, reports that, when consumed in moderation, nuts do not pose a threat for weight gain. Peanuts are packed with nutrients, including fibre, proteins and heart-healthy fats.

Proteins and fibres help to increase satiety, which makes it easier to control our overall Calorie intake during weight loss program. Furthermore, proteins helps the body to burn out excessive calories. This is according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, 2008 and 2010 reviews.
The Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes that, "regular nut consumption is associated with increased energy expenditure."

It is important to note that, though peanuts provide several benefits during weight loss, they are still high in calories. Therefore, overindulging in nuts can prevent weight loss initially but may result in weight gain. So, moderation is the key to getting the benefits from nuts.

Note however, that salted nuts are high in sodium; a major predisposition to abnormal elevation of blood pressure and heart disease. It is therefore imperative, to choose a moderate amount of unsalted peanuts whenever possible. You better be 'nuts' when it comes to your dieting.

Faith Omas Ebony is a Final Year Clinical student. She originally sent in this article as a writer for Doctors Quarter's Blog.