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CLARK971 SparkPoints: (24,271)
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9/12/12 11:47 A

if you like them, try to keep them. just watch the portion size. i was a grazer when i started sparkpeople. i was grabbing several handful of nuts a day and not realizing how many calories/fat that was. I could easily eat a cup of cashews in a day-which would be over 1/3 of my calories.

If you really like walnuts and try to eliminate them, you may not be able to keep that up long term.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (78,179)
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9/12/12 11:10 A

I think they're worth it but you ought to limit yourself to 1 serving or 1/2 a serving per day. I eat nuts and seeds as an addition to another snack, mixed into yogurt or oatmeal for example.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,032
9/12/12 7:41 A

figure that a serving of nuts is going to run you around 200 cals and 15 g fat. that's not unreasonable to fit into your day. if you're trying to fit multiple servings into your day, well, you probably need to be eating at least 2000 cals to have room for that. beyond that, would having a serving every other day work for you?
if your single serving of nuts is pushing you beyond your fat upper limit, then look at the other sources of fat in your diet. if you're cooking in a Tablespoon of oil per person, cut it back to a teaspoon. tweak the other things that are pushing you so close to the limit in the first place.

CYPHER7 SparkPoints: (32,213)
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9/12/12 12:52 A

Besides being delicious, they tend to be nutritious -- and with more than just the good fat.

I say keep them (I do), just watch the portion size.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,751
9/11/12 11:42 P

I totally think that nuts are worth the calories. A serving is a quarter cup. So measure it out.

I have lost weight eating nuts. I couldn't give up nuts.

LISETTETREVOR SparkPoints: (371)
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9/11/12 11:11 P

Hi all,

I'm a huge fan of snacking on walnuts and almonds. But I just started here and when I started tracking my food... I noticed that my daily walnut snack has a LOT of calories and fat! I've heard that nuts have mostly "good" fats, but it's really putting a damper on my goals, because I feel like that's a lot of unnecessary calories and fat going toward my daily targets...

Do you think it's worth it? Are they "healthy," or should I just give it up altogether? I don't want to inhibit my weight loss plans, but I really don't want to give up my walnuts either.

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