When It Comes to Weight Loss, We're Nuts About Almonds

POPSUGAR Photography | Nicole Perry
POPSUGAR Photography | Nicole Perry

They're a perfect anytime workout snack: Flywheel Sports instructor Wendy Wolfson calls raw almonds "the perfect snack" before or after a cardio session — like Flywheel's challenging indoor-cycling workout — since they provide an ideal blend of protein and carbs. They're also lightweight and nonperishable, so you can always keep them on hand in your purse or gym bag.

They energize your body: Almonds are high in vitamin B2, which helps the body turn food into energy. Getting your fix of B2 in almonds helps support your body's adrenal system and works to fight fatigue. If you're dealing with depleted energy levels, eating almonds regularly may help perk you up.

They support a healthy heart: In one study out of the University of Toronto, participants who ate almonds as part of their diet significantly improved common factors associated with heart disease. Even the American Heart Association recommends eating four servings of unsalted nuts a week, since they're high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and unsaturated fats — all essential nutrients to support your cardiovascular system.

They may suppress hunger: One Australian study found that study participants eating 1.5 ounces of dry-roasted, lightly salted almonds every day experienced reduced hunger and reduced desire to eat at the rest of their meals. Just more evidence that smart snacking can be a huge help when it comes to weight loss.