By Zoë Ruderman | Cosmopolitan – Fri, 1 Apr, 2011 4:43 PM EDT
Most diets call for eating less and cutting out certain foods completely. Which is why, when we came across a new weight-loss tip that involves eating more of something that's both delicious and—get this—pretty damn fatty, we had to share it.
In a small-scale study, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a hospital in Boston affiliated with Harvard Medical School, found that when subjects ate walnuts at breakfast, they felt more satiated than those who didn't snack on nuts. In fact, the walnuts were so filling that hours later, at lunch time the people in the study reported still feeling full.
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That's partly because nuts don't have carbs, which tend to cause surges in blood sugar. Without going into the whole scientific explanation, when blood sugar levels spike, it sends a message to our bodies that we should start storing fat. This leads to packing on pounds and, in some extreme cases, the onset of diabetes.
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Women often avoid nuts since they're so high in fat and calories. But according to a write-up of the research from Harvard Medical School, as long as you're not shoveling down your throat by the dozen, the calories and fat are worth it because of the satiety that comes with eating something like walnuts.
Experts agree that we should aim for about 14 walnuts a day. We recommend dropping a few into your oatmeal in the morning or adding them to a pasta dish for dinner since eating nuts in the evening probably wards off midnight snack cravings.
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More research is still needed to determine to definite benefits of eating nuts, but based on this small-scale study, we're willing to give it a shot.