Almonds Can Be Healthy Part of Fat-Loss Program, Researchers Find

Recent Temple University study found, including almonds in weigh loss plan had no negative impact on results when compared to avoiding nuts.

A recent study from Temple University in Philadelphia found that including 56 grams of almonds per day (about 48 almonds) did not have a negative impact on weight loss over an 18-month period when compared to avoiding nuts. When weight-loss results of the two randomly selected groups of obese adults were compared at the end of the study, both experienced clinically significant and similar weight loss. The researchers also noted a slightly better improvement of blood lipid profiles in the almond eating group, but the difference at the 18-month mark was not clinically significant.

"All things equal, eating 48 almonds a day as part calorie-reduced weight loss diet will not slow your progress and might improve your lipid profile," say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH). "Almonds and nuts in general are high-calorie foods. However, they also contain fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, which make them a better choice than many other foods and supplements commonly eaten when dieting."

"Nuts are an original source of food that have been safely consumed by humans for a very long period of time," adds Tom. "If they help you stick with a balanced, natural, whole food diet, feel free to include some. However, if you are interested in rapid fat loss, fruits and especially vegetables are the best choices, because they provide the most nutrition per calorie of the available and acceptable 'diet' food choices."

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