Does Almond Butter Help You Lose Weight?
If I told you that eating fat can help you lose fat, would you believe me? While the idea may sound a bit outlandish, snacking on certain fats, have actually been shown to help trim your waist line!
Despite the fact that fats were frowned upon not that long ago, healthy fats are starting to make a comeback. Research is even proving that in order to successfully lose weight, you need to be enjoying a certain amount of healthy fat. Celebrities are even getting on board with this healthy fat trend, as are professional athletes.
If you are intrigued to know exactly how a healthy fat like almond butter may be responsible for helping you lose weight, keep reading…
Why Almond Butter is Healthy & Weight Loss Friendly
Almonds, in general, are considered to be incredibly healthy. Almonds are loaded with vitamins minerals, and they even pack in a nice dose of protein and fiber. Almonds are a plant-based superstar and have become increasingly popular over the years.
Almonds in their raw state are not the only thing people are talking about . Lately, it’s the almond milk and almond butter that have really come center stage when it comes to the almond health craze. The great news is that not only is almond butter delicious, but it doesn’t disappoint in the health department either.
If you’re choosing an all-natural almond butter free from artificial ingredients and added sugars, there’s a good chance you are doing your body some good. This is because the healthy fats in almonds have been researched and proven to have a weight loss stimulating effect on the body. In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders found that participants that followed a moderate-fat diet where extra fat was supplied by almonds lost more weight than the group that consumed a low-fat diet. The group that enjoyed almonds also had a 50 percent greater waistline reduction! (1)
Now you may be wondering how it’s possible that a higher fat diet actually contributed to a greater reduction in fat loss. Here’s the thing, almonds contain compounds that actually limit the amount of fat absorbed by the body.
Here’s just one more reason to add a spoonful of almond butter into your morning bowl of oats, or blended into your smoothie.
Do Pro Athletes Enjoy Almond Butter to Lose Weight?
If you follow the Olympics, you may be surprised to find that many Olympic athletes chow down on almond butter before a big event!
Kerri Walsh Jennings, two-time beach volleyball Olympic medalist claims that she eats lots of almond butter and honey sandwiches the day of competition.
Rebecca Soni, and Meryl Davis, also Olympic athletes believe in the power of almond butter as well. They both claim to have enjoyed toast with almond butter as their go-to snack during competition season.
If these incredibly fit athletes are relying on almond butter to stay trim and to provide them with a burst of energy, there must be something to this almond butter craze!
Let’s take a look at exactly why the eat fat lose fat philosophy actually works.
The Eat Fat Lose Fat Philosophy:
Eating fat when you are trying to lose fat does sound counterproductive, but that’s not the case. Enjoying healthy fats such as almonds, almond butter, avocados, and coconuts while you try to lose weight can help you more than focusing on a low-fat diet.
Low-fat diets tend to be much higher in sugar. Take for example low-fat yogurts. Since nearly all the fat is stripped from the yogurt, the manufacturers have to make up for the loss of flavor by dousing it with sugar. By snacking on sugar every day, you are more likely to pack on the pounds than if you focused on getting sugar free full-fat versions of food into your diet.
Full fat, healthy fats also promote a greater sense of satiety. After enjoying a piece of toast with almond butter, or a smoothie with a tablespoon of nut butter, you are going to be less likely to go for seconds, because the fat makes you feel full. If you snack on sugary, low-fat foods all day, you will be ravenous even after a large meal.
Lastly, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis “old” fat stored in the body in areas you least want it (thighs, belly or buttocks) cannot be adequately burned without new fat to help the process. (2) This is because healthy dietary fat helps to break down existing stored fat by activating the fat burning pathways in the liver.
If you’ve been afraid to add healthy fat into your diet, don’t be! When enjoyed in moderate amounts, and in the right form research has shown that healthy fats can significantly help with weight loss.
Keep in mind that not all fats are created equal and that processed, and damaged fats will indeed pack fat onto the body. However, healthy fats like almond butter may be a great addition to a healthy diet.
To get started, try adding this almond butter smoothie into your diet. You may be surprised to see that a little healthy fat goes a long way when you are trying to lose weight.
Strawberry Almond Butter Smoothie:
• 1 frozen banana
• ½ cup of frozen strawberries
• 1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond milk
• 1 Tbsp. almond butter
• 1 tsp. raw honey
1. Add all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth.
2. Enjoy right away!