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We know almonds taste great and they're
chock-full of protein and healthy fats. But can nuts actually help with weight loss?
The most common claim about almonds as a weight-loss tool is that they're
satiating, meaning they can prevent overeating.
A study found that among dieters, those who supplemented their diets with almonds lost more weight than those who supplemented their diets with
And this study found that
subjects who snacked on almonds every day didn't gain any weight, even though they consumed hundreds of extra calories daily from the almonds.
The scientists behind the study believe that's because the almonds kept them from feeling hungry between meals.
Another possible reason almonds may be good for weight loss? Research has revealed that not all of almonds' calories are absorbed by the body. Scientists believe that almonds may actually contain about 20-30 percent fewer calories than nutritional labels indicate.
But don't outweigh the benefits of almonds by eating too many of them.
The best way to use almonds as part of a weight-loss plan is to incorporate them into your meals and snacks
Carry a 100-calorie pack of almonds in your bag and whenever a
snack attack hits, eat them instead of grabbing something from the
vending machine. [An ounce of almonds (about 23 nuts) has around 160 calories]
You'll be amazed at how full almonds make you feel. Just remember to replace other snack food with almonds. Don't eat them in addition to everything else you'd eat in a day.