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Eating walnuts may help you to lose weight

Eating walnuts may help you to lose weight
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Eating a diet rich in walnuts may help you shed those extra kilos and improve your cholesterol level, a new study has claimed. A diet containing...

Los Angeles: Eating a diet rich in walnuts may help you shed those extra kilos and improve your cholesterol level, a new study has claimed. A diet containing unsaturated fats, such as those found in walnuts and olive oil, has similar weight loss effects as a lower fat, higher-carbohydrate diet, researchers said.

The study also showed that a diet containing walnuts which are primarily comprised of polyunsaturated fats, positively impacts heart health markers, such as cholesterol. The researchers studied 245 overweight and obese women (22-72 years old) enrolled in a one-year behavioural weight loss intervention.

Participants were randomly assigned to three different diets - a lower fat and higher carbohydrate diet, a lower carbohydrate and higher fat diet, or a walnut-rich, higher fat and lower carbohydrate diet. Those prescribed a walnut-rich diet consumed 1.5 ounces per day.

Data from the first six months of the intervention showed that the average weight loss was nearly eight per cent of initial weight for all groups. The walnut-rich diet participants saw comparable weight loss to the other study groups.

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