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  • Are my nuts making me fat?

    (Wait. That came out wrong...)

    I went primal 5 weeks ago (after 17+ years vegan). My weight dropped at first--just a couple of pounds (I was already where I wanted to be, weight-wise), then came back up to where I started.

    For the last week or so, my weight has been slowly creeping up. (I got used to weighing myself every morning for the last few years of being vegan--it was the only way to catch unwanted weight-gains early.)

    I'm NOT cheating with "bad" carbs, and it seems unlikely I'm adding muscle--not working out to any extent at all--just walking the 30 minutes to work this week a couple of times...

    My go-to snack of choice are the almonds, walnuts, and pepitas I keep in the fridge. I might have a couple of handfuls 2 or 3 times a day.... Being new at this, I've forgotten whether we need to moderate our nuts/avocado intake (for example) to NOT gain weight.

    Can anyone clarify this for me? Any guesses what the weight increase might be about? It's only a couple of pounds at this point (!), but, again, as a vegan, I had to nip those half-pound, one-pound gains in the bud quickly--or it became 3 or 4 pounds before I knew it!
    Vegan from 1993 until Oct 16, 2010. "D'oh!!"

  • #2
    Actually, it could be muscle now that you're giving your body enough protein and nutrients to build muscle with, those 30 min walks could be doing more for your body than previously. Ditch the scale, only start to worry if you can't button your pants anymore.

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    • #3
      It is possible that the Nuts cause you to retain weight. The best thing to try would be to omit the mindless snacking and see if it makes a difference. Try dropping them for 2 weeks. If you notice a difference, there may be a correlation.

      But ditch the scale
      Every Day is a New Adventure

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      • #4
        Nuts can certainly make a person gain, but I agree that if you just stopped being a vegan five weeks ago and are now eating significant amounts of high-quality protein you are almost certainly gaining muscle mass (replenishing what you lost). You could try dropping the nuts -- and might find you don't lose weight at all.

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        • #5
          dude that title made me lol...

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          • #6
            Try replacing the nuts with something else (chopped celery and carrots about the same size as your nuts) so you can still snack...?
            carl's cave

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            • #7
              I am not quite in your situation, as I am not yet at my ideal weight. I am still on the way down. Like you, I also weigh myself regularly - though I've been primal long enough that I don't take the scale as gospel, just a general guide kinda thing. Also, like you, I really enjoy my nuts and could eat them all day whether I am hungry or not.

              On days where I ate a ton of nuts, I was much more likely to have a gain or be neutral on the scale, than on the days where my nut eating was minimal. I did need to curb my nut eating to continue on the weight loss path. Nutritionally nuts are higher in carbs than most people realize. And they are very calorically dense. For me, I do not find them to be very filling/satisfying for the amount of calories they have packed in there. I believe if you search through Mark's blogs about nuts, that he is also mindful about the volume of nuts that should be consumed. When you speak of eating a couple handful of nuts 2 or 3x/day, you could be packing in a huge amount of calories/carbs - depending on the size of your hands.

              As for avocados, I have found them to be incredibly satisfying. I probably average eating about 3/4 an avocado a day, so I haven't found them to be as bad. But then again, I've never absent-mindedly just pounded down the avocados while sitting in front of the boob tube, as can easily happen with nuts.

              To sum up, I think nuts could be contributing to your weight gain, so you should mindfully consume them. But that being said, I would also recognize that it could be a gain in lean muscle mass, like some of the other people think. And if you are at your ideal weight already, I wouldn't worry too much about a few pounds either way on that scale. Just take stock in how you feel and how you look in mirror.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by carlh View Post
                Try replacing the nuts with something else (chopped celery and carrots about the same size as your nuts) so you can still snack...?
                I second the celery/carrot thing. My favorite snack is celery and carrots with some guacamole. More volume of food, without being as calorically dense, a better fat, and much more satisfying.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by carlh View Post
                  Try replacing the nuts with something else (chopped celery and carrots about the same size as your nuts)...
                  Ahaahahahahahaha. I'm just picturing trying to make the comparison.

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                  • #10
                    between elwyne and piscator this thread is really going in an immature direction... AND IT IS FUNNY!!! LOL!

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                    • #11
                      Nuts = lots of Omega-6 = inflammation = weight gain. Lose your nuts
                      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                      • #12
                        Of course it's the nuts! You write that you have a "couple of handfuls" 2-3 times a day? Try figuring out the total calories you're getting from those nuts, and I guarantee you'll be amazed. I've lost a significant amount of weight, but even now in maintenance, I count out my nuts into small portions in order to control. Nuts lead to 'mindless eating' which is death to weight loss.

                        If you're trying to lose, I'd drop the nuts completely. Have good meals with sufficient food, and you shouldn't need to snack at all, but if you do, try something like raw veggies.

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                        • #13
                          Good responses, guys. I appreciate 'em!

                          I think it's the 'crunchy' aspect of the lil' critters is what I like the most? Pre-paleo (ie, vegan) my snack of choice was to grab a couple of handfulls (there's that measuring method again!) of 'healthy' cereal. (And I would often overdo it. 4 or 5 handfulls at a time if I was hungry--or bored?) I had to--literally--put a small padlock on the cupboard door to discourage 'impulse munching'.

                          And I just remembered that I have a similar problem when I'm at my Mom's house: she who is more disciplined that your's truly, and who just happens to always have dark chocolate almonds and raisins in her pantry. (Two weeks ago I ate 3 or 4 handfulls of those bad boys (over half-an-hour), and paid the price 2 or 3 hours later: I felt horrible. Pre-paleo I never felt that yucky after a chocolate indulgence. I haven't touched them since--though I've been sorely tempted.)

                          Jeez, I never really thought about it but I may be a Crunchoholic! Anybody wanna be my sponsor?

                          And am I going to have to think about locking up my nuts?!
                          Vegan from 1993 until Oct 16, 2010. "D'oh!!"

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                          • #14
                            Have you ever tried Deez nuts?
                            Started my journey on May 22, 2010:

                            Beginning weight ~180
                            Current weight ~145

                            Nov. 9, 2009........Nov. 9, 2010.....Jun. 17, 2011
                            LDL 155...............LDL 176............LDL 139
                            HDL 39................HDL 66..............HDL 95
                            TGL 154..............TGL 77..............TGL 49

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by wilberfan View Post
                              And am I going to have to think about locking up my nuts?!
                              Originally posted by kcult View Post
                              Have you ever tried Deez nuts?
                              I think you should at least buy him dinner first Kcult.

                              For crunch factor, have you tried pork rinds?
                              Calm the f**k down.

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