Fitness Tips: July 23, 2013

Have you ever noticed that when you include exercise in your day, you tend to look at things in a more positive light? 
 
Healthy Lifestyle Tip: You Should Go Nuts for Nuts
Nuts are an amazing super-food, chock-full of healthy fats and protein. Nuts can curb your appetite, boost your heart health, keep your blood sugar steady, and even help lower harmful LDL cholesterol. Nuts are underrated as nutritious snacks – particularly raw tree nuts, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, and more. 
 
Want to stay faithful to your healthy eating or weight loss plan? Eat a handful of nuts when you get the munchies. Research shows that people who eat nuts lose more weight and are more likely to stick to their weight loss plans than people who don't nibble on this really satisfying snack. Most diets fail because nagging hunger takes over, but nuts can help. As a snack, nuts have a delicious, crunchy, satisfying texture, and they help you feel full and satisfy hunger so you're less likely to overeat later on. 
 
Nuts contain a lot of fat; even though most of this fat is healthy fat, it's still a lot of calories so eat in moderation. Eating about a handful (1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams) a day of most nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, may reduce your risk of heart disease. You can enjoy them whenever you like and wherever you want. No need to worry about preparation! 
 
Source: realage.com, everydayhealth.com, mayoclinic.com 
* Consult your health professional regarding nut allergies