Research supports the belief that a diet high in protein and good fats can help people lose weight and keep it off. Proteins like those found in peanuts can help you feel fuller and keep you on track for healthy eating. Water is an essential part of any diet. Hydration makes you feel full and keeps your metabolism running smoothly.
The Benefits of Peanuts
Peanuts and peanut butter are inexpensive and easy-to-find sources of protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals. They are also naturally cholesterol free and low in sodium (as long as you stick to no-salt-added varieties). Studies in journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that a diet rich in peanuts and peanut butter provides a high level of good fats (monounsaturated fat) which can lower risk for heart disease.
Key Principles in the Peanut Diet
The basics of the peanut diet include a handful of raw unsalted peanuts between meals as a snack, some peanut butter, a diet rich in good fats such as Mediterranean-style meals, a generally filling diet low in saturated fats such as those found in butter and margarine, and lots of water. Fats eaten on the peanut diet should be heart-healthy, such as those found in olive oil, nuts and avocados.
A peanut diet doesn’t mean you only eat peanuts, but you do incorporate peanuts or peanut butter often in meals. A typical peanut diet breakfast may include shredded wheat with skimmed milk, some raisins, a peach, and a slice of wholegrain toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Lunch might be hummus and peanut butter on a wholegrain English muffin, three bean salad, low-fat yogurt, and a green salad. Dinner could be grilled pork and salad. Snacks are a handful of peanuts. You should also drink about 64 ounces of water per day.
The Importance of Water
It is very important to stay hydrated at all times by drinking at least six to eight 8-oz. glasses of water per day. By drinking water while snacking on peanuts, you are helping the brain to signal fullness more quickly and giving the body healthy protein for sustained energy. Your body needs water to digest nutrients and carry energy where it is needed.