Our expert says:
Dear Nuts & Popcorn
You cannot just eat nuts and popcorn as this will lead to deficiencies and probably will not help you to lose weight. All foods can be fattening if eaten in excess. Plain unbuttered popcorn contains 1908 kJ/100g ((454 cal or 30% of the daily energy intake for an adult woman who is trying to lose weight), or 572 kJ/30 g portion (136 kcal/30g), which represents about 9% of the daily energy for an adult woman on a slimming regimen. Nuts are healthy, but very high in energy and fat (e.g. nuts contain about 2528 kJ/100g or 604 cal/100g, thus you are eating 906 cal when you have 150 g of nuts, this represents 60% of your daily energy requirement - far too much from just one food. I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will work out a diet for you that makes provision for your multiple problems, helps you to lose weight and also helps you to sort out your incorrect eating habits.
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