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I don't agree with this article. I am 45 and I have been vegan for little over a year. During that time my weight dropped from 180lbs to 157-159lbs. Once my weight stabilized to 157-159lbs (I fluctuate between this weight) it has stayed there. During the initial stages of my conversion to a vegan diet I ate a lot of nuts. I ate from 3/4 to a 1 16oz bag of almonds a day. For months after my weight stabilized, I continued to eat the same amount of almonds. I now eat around a 1/2 16oz bag of almonds a day. I eat a lot more fruits (bananas and dates) which take the place of some of the almonds. My weight is stable which in an indication that I am eating enough calories so I don't lose weight. In fat my diet is high in fat, and carbs, and meets my protein requirements. I eat plenty of sugar from dates, bananas, and apples, fats from the large amounts of nuts I eat, but I don't gain weight. I also eat plenty of vegetables (mainly kale and cilantro), an not a lot of complex carbs. I mainly eat qunioa and sometimes garbanzo beans. I also eat all day. I snack throughout the day on homemade veggie juice, banana smoothies, dates, bananas, apples, and almonds, and I don't gain weight. I feel I am at my optimal weight for my current activity level, and when I start cycling again I will probably lose 2 pounds.
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Just wanted to point out there has been a new report by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluding nut consumption does not cause weight gain and may actually have a modest slimming effect. The report is based on a review of thirty-one studies in which subjects added nuts to their diet and replaced other foods with nuts. I happen to be terrible with computers so I can't link to the report but it was released by Reuters. Sorry to reignite this controversy but I couldn't resist. I doubt this will change many minds but I would still be interested to hear why this latest report doesn't hold water. Thanks
Yes, have seen that new one, which is a nut-industry funded study of a number of nut-industry studies, most of which studies actually had little to do with weight loss. In fact it "reviews" several of the same studies we already debunked, where nut-eaters were fed fewer calories during the study period when their weight started to go up, so that there would be no weight gain. In other words, it's another nonsense study from the free-spending nut industry.
A little busy right now, but we will be taking that one apart before too long. Meanwhile, Chef AJ has lost way more weight since this series of articles went up...doing nothing other than eliminate the "recommended" amount of daily nuts from her diet.
Nuts are great! They're healthy! But they're not "super foods" and the science, when it's actually examined and not just skimmed over, shows they do make most people gain weight if they simply add them and don't use them to replace.
Heyyyy...... ;) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23595878 June 2013 "Compared with control diets, diets enriched with nuts did not increase body weight, body mass index, or waist circumference in controlled clinical trials."
33 clinical trials.... wow
Heyyyyy..... looks like nuts are in the clear. Don't contribute to weight gain, obesity or waist circumference. That is soooo coool. Now I have can my one ounce per day that both McDougall, Novick, and Fuhrman recommend for people losing weight. What kills me is that for all of the nonsense about different diets, Novick, Mc Dougall and Fuhrman have basically the same recommendation for weight loss, one ounce per day. Reminds me of a Shakespeare play..."Much ado about nothing". ;) Kragdar
Don't be an easy dupe, Kragdar. If you look at the new analysis you linked to, you'll see it's the SAME 25 STUDIES we already exposed as bogus on this very page, plus 8 others.
Bottom line of that review, if you actually get and read the studies they looked at: it is a review mostly of nut studies on heart disease markers where the weight of the nut-eating groups was controlled by regular weighing of participants and then adjusting their calories to prevent weight gain. Yeah, real useful to determine if nuts impact weight...
And of course the studies in that review that actually looked at weight gain and didn't manipulate the calories of nut-eaters -- showed weight gain in every case, albeit it "non-significant" weight gain, according to the authors.
Gaining an extra 20 pounds over 10 years wouldn't be considered "non-significant" by most people I know, which is what those weight studies found when you extrapolate it out.
If you need to lose weight, the message is clear: lose the nuts, just like McDougall and Novick say. Otherwise limiting them to an ounce a day is fine. Just don't kid yourself about these nut-industry funded studies and bogus meta-analyses. They are the same as the bogus studies showing olive oil and milk are health foods. You don't believe that, do you?
Bottom line is the review you're linking to contain studies that all get very low grades from the FDA, and are considered "weak," and FDA won't permit sales claims to be based on them.
The whole point of the article on this page is about exposing weak or dishonest science. So bring some good science next time! :)
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