Bananas, peanuts, avocadoes and weight

  • Goodluckyman

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    Apr 09, 2015 3:55 AM GMT
    I started gyming again recently just to take care of my tummy.... However, I do not wish to lose weight but to gain muscles in the process. I do not wanna rush it. I just want to go slow and make it almost natural.

    I love bananas and peanuts and am just wondering what it means in terms of consuming them daily (2 sizeable bananas, one avocado and a handful of peanuts) and achieving my goal of "maintaining weight while at the same time gaining muscles"
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    Apr 09, 2015 3:59 AM GMT
    You can look into If It Fits Your Macros, or IIFYM. It is a flexible dieting approach a lot of guys have used with success.
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  • Goodluckyman

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    Apr 09, 2015 5:47 AM GMT
    Thanx buddy.
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    Apr 10, 2015 10:45 PM GMT
    I hate when adults say tummy.

    Just my pet peeve.
  • Goodluckyman

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    Apr 11, 2015 12:03 PM GMT
    Cul..
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    Apr 15, 2015 3:02 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYou should consume some healthy fats so avocados are good. I would switch out the peanuts for something like almonds or a true type of nut. Peanuts are not true nuts as they don't grow on trees and don't have as good of a nutrition profile as say, walnuts or Brazil nuts, etc.

    Bananas are fine but not very high in nutrition. I recommend fruits with darker colors and something with skin. Apples are more nutritious than bananas and have less (fructose) sugar.

    Bananas are good for their potassium, which needs to be replenished following certain activities where heavy sweating occurs. Those would include warm-weather running & biking.

    Peanuts aren't bad, but there are other better choices as you say, and you can still do both. A question is whether to get salted, lightly salted, or unsalted when bought shelled. Despite the bad rap salt gets, it's a matter of what your own sodium levels are, along with other specific health issues you may have.

    Because of my age and high blood pressure I was told to reduce salt intake. Well, when told to do something dietary for health I don't do half measures, and I avoided all salt. But then my next blood work was showing LOW sodium, and I was told to reintroduce some salt into my diet. So one of my munchies is lightly salted peanuts, a jar right next to this computer now.

    Whole walnuts are another snack I keep in the kitchen. I crack the shells myself, as I find the shelled ones taste stale to me. They're a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Despite the common belief that omega-3 is only an animal product (with the capsule form being called "fish oil"), it is in fact found in plants, as well. Walnuts are about the highest of the plant sources.

    BTW, there's also an avocado ripening in the kitchen right now, that we bought at a fresh vegetable market yesterday, I'll check it today. Love avocados. I wouldn't know about gaining muscles, more interested in sustaining, and weight control, but I think those are all healthy foods in their own right.
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    Apr 16, 2015 8:22 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidI hate when adults say tummy.

    Just my pet peeve.


    haha mine also.. its not even a word… icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 16, 2015 10:07 AM GMT
    hairyandym said
    UndercoverMan saidI hate when adults say tummy.

    Just my pet peeve.

    haha mine also.. its not even a word… icon_smile.gif

    tummy |ˈtəmē|

    noun (pl. tummies) informal
    a person's stomach or abdomen.

    ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: child's pronunciation of stomach.
  • Goodluckyman

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:50 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYou should consume some healthy fats so avocados are good. I would switch out the peanuts for something like almonds or a true type of nut. Peanuts are not true nuts as they don't grow on trees and don't have as good of a nutrition profile as say, walnuts or Brazil nuts, etc.

    Bananas are fine but not very high in nutrition. I recommend fruits with darker colors and something with skin. Apples are more nutritious than bananas and have less (fructose) sugar.

    Bananas are good for their potassium, which needs to be replenished following certain activities where heavy sweating occurs. Those would include warm-weather running & biking.

    Peanuts aren't bad, but there are other better choices as you say, and you can still do both. A question is whether to get salted, lightly salted, or unsalted when bought shelled. Despite the bad rap salt gets, it's a matter of what your own sodium levels are, along with other specific health issues you may have.

    Because of my age and high blood pressure I was told to reduce salt intake. Well, when told to do something dietary for health I don't do half measures, and I avoided all salt. But then my next blood work was showing LOW sodium, and I was told to reintroduce some salt into my diet. So one of my munchies is lightly salted peanuts, a jar right next to this computer now.

    Whole walnuts are another snack I keep in the kitchen. I crack the shells myself, as I find the shelled ones taste stale to me. They're a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Despite the common belief that omega-3 is only an animal product (with the capsule form being called "fish oil"), it is in fact found in plants, as well. Walnuts are about the highest of the plant sources.

    BTW, there's also an avocado ripening in the kitchen right now, that we bought at a fresh vegetable market yesterday, I'll check it today. Love avocados. I wouldn't know about gaining muscles, more interested in sustaining, and weight control, but I think those are all healthy foods in their own right.



    Thanks so much for the long response. Great
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    Apr 17, 2015 1:45 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Art_Deco said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYou should consume some healthy fats so avocados are good. I would switch out the peanuts for something like almonds or a true type of nut. Peanuts are not true nuts as they don't grow on trees and don't have as good of a nutrition profile as say, walnuts or Brazil nuts, etc.

    Bananas are fine but not very high in nutrition. I recommend fruits with darker colors and something with skin. Apples are more nutritious than bananas and have less (fructose) sugar.

    Bananas are good for their potassium, which needs to be replenished following certain activities where heavy sweating occurs.

    Bananas are not a good source of potassium. Other sources of food provide more potassium and a lot more nutrition. A four ounce serving of salmon actually has more potassium than the same portion of bananas. Sweet potatoes are higher in potassium than bananas per serving. White beans have more potassium and have fiber and plant based protein.

    Here is a link to the top seventeen foods rich in potassium. Bananas come in at an unimpressive fourteenth ranking:

    http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20721159_1,00.html

    Except, bananas are portable hand foods that require no cooking or preparation, something most of those others are not. You can throw a banana in your backpack during a hike, or give it to a participant at a bicycle ride pit stop. And it's easy to quickly consume & digest during activity.

    "Everyone thinks of bananas when they think of high-potassium foods, and one medium fruit does pack more than 400 mg of this heart-healthy mineral. But bananas are also the ultimate hunger buster, packed with Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that fills you up and helps to boost your metabolism."
  • buddycat

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    May 17, 2015 7:09 PM GMT
    I eat bananas but I don't think they are good for gaining weight. They are great for losing since they are not high in calories and last for hours. They are good for after a work out. I like peanuts too, a nutritionist told me if you are looking to gain weight, have a peanut butter sandwich before bed. I don't like the term "tummy" either. Sounds like someone with a gut trying to make it sound cute, which it isn't.
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    May 20, 2015 8:12 PM GMT
    I've noticing a lot of internet hating on bananas lately.

    Particularly how they're always the one fruit pictured in that sidebar ad about the top 5 or 7 fruits NOT to eat.

    Here's the thing:

    - Blended (particularly when FROZEN) they make GREEN smoothies palatable.

    - More than two a day aren't going to make you fat if you're eating right to begin with.

    - I watch a lot of vegan bodybuilding cooking and "grocery shopping" vids icon_eek.gif and there are plenty of ripped, jacked competitive vegan bodybuilders (like Karl Ess) who eat bananas by the bunchload.
  • TonyTiger12

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    Jun 15, 2015 9:27 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Art_Deco said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Art_Deco said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidYou should consume some healthy fats so avocados are good. I would switch out the peanuts for something like almonds or a true type of nut. Peanuts are not true nuts as they don't grow on trees and don't have as good of a nutrition profile as say, walnuts or Brazil nuts, etc.

    Bananas are fine but not very high in nutrition. I recommend fruits with darker colors and something with skin. Apples are more nutritious than bananas and have less (fructose) sugar.

    Bananas are good for their potassium, which needs to be replenished following certain activities where heavy sweating occurs.

    Bananas are not a good source of potassium. Other sources of food provide more potassium and a lot more nutrition. A four ounce serving of salmon actually has more potassium than the same portion of bananas. Sweet potatoes are higher in potassium than bananas per serving. White beans have more potassium and have fiber and plant based protein.

    Here is a link to the top seventeen foods rich in potassium. Bananas come in at an unimpressive fourteenth ranking:

    http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20721159_1,00.html

    Except, bananas are portable hand foods that require no cooking or preparation, something most of those others are not. You can throw a banana in your backpack during a hike, or give it to a participant at a bicycle ride pit stop. And it's easy to quickly consume & digest during activity.

    "Everyone thinks of bananas when they think of high-potassium foods, and one medium fruit does pack more than 400 mg of this heart-healthy mineral. But bananas are also the ultimate hunger buster, packed with Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that fills you up and helps to boost your metabolism."


    Cooking for me is second nature. I cook my food in advance and make large portions to last me several days. Any food is portable with minimal planning. Keeping a Tupperware container of food in my bag doesn't take up much more space than a banana.

    Bananas are basically sugar. I treat them like candy because of their high sugar content. My meals are balanced and have protein along with carbs. It's more efficient to consume foods that provide more than just sugar and some potassium.


    Any Tupperware tips? My work scchedule's really been messing up my meal habits lately...
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    Aug 08, 2015 4:51 PM GMT
    TonyTiger12 said... Any Tupperware tips...
    smoothy; rice milk with a base of Tofu and or casein protein will keep its constancy w/o refrigeration. Flavor whichever.