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Look at your diet as a whole to see where you are consuming extra calories.
Fruits and nuts offer so many health benefits that it is hard to believe they could potentially make you fat. When eating anything, moderation is the key. Eating more calories than your body needs results in fat storage, even if those extra calories are from fruits and nuts. Daily caloric needs can vary among individuals.
Body Fat Storage
Body fat storage is a result of eating more calories than your body can burn. For every additional 3,500 calories you consume and do not use through daily activities or exercise, you will gain a pound. This pound is stored as body fat. When your body needs additional energy, it will take it from your fat reserves, resulting in weight loss.
Nutrition of Fruits
Fruits provide you with nutrients that are essential for keeping your body healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who eat fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. A medium-sized apple, 1 cup of blueberries, a medium-sized banana and 1 cup of grapes are all under 100 calories. Fruit juices and dried fruit are higher in calories than fresh fruit and have reduced nutrient benefits due to processing, such as little or no fiber, in the case of juice. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommend adults get two servings of fruits per day as part of a healthy diet.
Nutrition of Nuts
Eating nuts in moderation as part of a healthy diet can be good for you, especially your heart. While nuts contain a fat content of 46 to 63 percent, the majority of fat found in them is from unsaturated fatty acids, which can lower your cholesterol level and risk of heart attack. Nuts are a powerhouse of nutrients, but eating too many can contribute extra calories to your diet that could result in weight gain. A 1-ounce serving of almonds provides you with 163 calories.
Preventing Weight Gain
Eating only fruits and nuts probably will not make you fat, but a combination of everything you eat could. Eat smaller portions to control your caloric intake. Eating slower is another weight-control technique; it allows your brain time to realize you are full. When you eat too fast, you overeat before your brain gets the signal that you are full. Keeping track of what you eat may prevent you from gaining weight. If you feel that fruits and nuts are making you fat, evaluate your diet as a whole. You may be overeating other foods that could contribute to weight gain.