Research at the San Diego School of Medicine shows that the key to maintaining weight loss may be as simple as a handful of walnuts.
Walnuts? Are you nuts? Nope. It’s true. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says that a handful of walnuts eaten each day can help to maintain your weight. Researchers surveyed 245 overweight and obese subjects between the ages of 22 and 72, and put them into one-year program to study their weight loss. The groups were each given random diets from a higher fat diet to a lower fat diet, or diets consisting of high carbs and low carbs, and lastly, a diet consisting of walnut-rich, higher fat and lower carbohydrate diet. The group that ate walnuts was given a handful each per day. After six months, the subjects who ate the walnuts lost the most weight. Those same study participants had an improved cholesterol levels when compared to the other two groups. “Bad cholesterol” took a sharp dive while the “good cholesterol” or HDL cholesterol increased!
What’s the secret to the science? When evaluating the data, the researchers believe that the group that ate the low-carb, high-fat diet ate foods that were higher in monounsaturated fats, or “good fats” found in foods like avocados, olive oil and walnuts. Foods rich in monounsaturated fats, like those found in the Mediterranean Diet, can significantly decrease the risk of heart disease and improve blood ch