Oh Nuts!

You're always looking for a new healthy snack to try. Of course, it has to be portable, easy to find and mess free. Add nuts to your list. Peanuts, walnuts, almonds and macadamia nuts are all high in fat and calories, but as researchers from Purdue University recently discovered, they contribute to weight loss. How? Because nuts are difficult to digest, and much of their fat and energy is lost during the digestive process, intestinal absorption of lipids and calories is minimized. They're also high in fiber and can keep you feeling full longer than sugary snacks.

The Bigger Picture: The bodybuilder strategy of eating 5 to 7 smaller meals as opposed to the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner turns what most people consider snacks into a scheduled feeding. An orange or apple, a handful of nuts, or a protein shake spaced about 2 to 3 hours apart can keep your metabolism running so your body can burn more calories and fuel lean muscle growth all day long. Give it a try if you aren't already in on this diet secret.
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