SOURCE: Business School of Happiness

May 31, 2011 06:00 ET

Want to Be Healthier? Go Nuts!

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - Contrary to popular belief, eating nuts may speed fat loss while helping regular nut eaters achieve optimal health. Although nuts are generally eliminated from most "weight-loss" diets, Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (BSH, 2011), believe this is a mistake. This is just one example of advice they offer that opposes conventional diet and exercise wisdom.

Nuts are high in calories, but many studies show that people who eat them on a regular basis have better body compositions (less body fat) than people who don't. Generally the impact of nut consumption on weight is negligible. A study in the International Journal of Obesity Related Metabolic Disorders found that adding 84 grams of almonds daily, instead of self-selected carbohydrates, resulted in reduced fat mass and waist circumference.

The Griesels have observed similar results. They say nuts can and should be included as a regular part of everyone's daily diet. Dian elaborates, "The fat, protein and fiber in nuts will help you feel full longer while providing many readily absorbable vitamins and minerals." Studies prove that the fiber and protein in nuts are absorbed slowly and often result in feeling full for 2.5+ hours after consumption.

Research suggests that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts daily may reduce heart disease. The monounsaturated fats in nuts help lower LDL cholesterol (bad) and raise HDL cholesterol (good), which reduces heart disease risks. Nuts reduce blood pressure, and DASH recommends 4-5 servings weekly. Nut consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of Type II diabetes. Nuts contain protein, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.

Tom concludes, "Nuts are and have always been an integral part of a healthy diet. To eliminate them from any diet sets the stage for deficiencies and a desire to eat less healthy fats." Studies have shown that people who regularly consume nuts tend to also eat more fruits and vegetables. Apparently, this package combination delivers many nutrients required for optimal health.

To purchase a copy of TurboCharged, please visit: www.amazon.com/dp/1936705001

For more information about the book and authors Dian and Tom Griesel, please visit: www.turbocharged.us.com

Business School of Happiness (BSH) is the publisher of TurboCharged.

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