Smoothies For Weight Loss
A lot of people are wondering if a smoothie diet is good for weight loss. I am here to tell you that green smoothies can be a fantastic tool to help you lose weight if prepared correctly.
So what is it with green smoothies anyways that thave created such a buzz among a myriad of models, celebrities and nutritionists-to-the-stars? After all, these people have the money for personal trainers and chefs. Yet it seems like an increasing number of stars (and health pros) are now swearing by green smoothie diets…
Here’s the thing: Green smoothies are almost a miracle beverage.
In one deliciously addicting drink, you get the nutrients to not only (finally) get rid of this unsightly muffin top, but you can also rejuvenate your skin, combat the aging process and make your hair shine with the healthiest glow.
Think about it: why shouldn’t YOU use the same weight loss and natural beautification techniques as those people whose careers’ success depend largely on how they look?
Should you consider a smoothie diet?
The following ‘quiz’ can help you determine if you do:
- Forget your body weight — is your body fat percentage ideal?
- Do you often feel tired, even after a good night’s rest?
- Do irresistible sugar cravings regularly kick in during the afternoon?
- What about your hair and complexion? Dull-looking?
- Stuck in an umpteenth diet rut that (as usual) just doesn’t seem to work?
Have you answered ‘yes’ to at least one of the above questions?
Then, here’s how green smoothies can help you.
1. Get rid of excess body fat and keep chronic diseases away
More and more studies are now showing how having an excess amount of visceral body fat (the dangerous type that surrounds your organs) can predispose you to several life-threatening conditions. And, unfortunately, your risks of developing diabetes, heart diseases, renal impairment and certain cancers increase with increasing body fat even if your body weight is within the normal range.
What green smoothies can do for you: When properly prepared, green smoothies can make it easier for you to get rid of excess flab — and thus significantly improve your life expectancy. For instance, the nutrients in green smoothies can help your body regulate its blood insulin concentration. As you probably know, the higher your blood insulin levels, the more fat your body stores.
These drinks can also help prevent progression of diseases — some people have even been authorized by their physicians to stop or considerably cut back on their meds!
2. Limit your body’s exposure to the toxic Standard American Diet (SAD)
Have you noticed how allergies and food intolerances such as celiac disease are on the rise? Blame it on our diet which is indeed sadly devoid of essential nutrients but loaded with highly processed foods. All the chemicals in our food have impaired our immune system and put our bodies in a state of constant inflammation. No wonder it’s so hard to maintain a healthy weight!
What green smoothies can do for you: By loading up on (natural) nutrients, you’ll be strengthening your immune system and reducing inflammatory processes in your body.
That’s not all; green smoothies are rich in minerals, natural sugars and fibers that will make your body more efficient in processing and utilizing its energy sources. No more yawning at 10am!
And since smoothies are so filling and nutritious, you’ll have less ‘space’ for junk food. This means you’ll easily and unconsciously reduce your intake of processed foods which in turn, will keep sugar cravings at bay.
3. Sip your way to a clear, glowing complexion and healthy hair
What you eat (and don’t eat) has a direct impact on your skin and hair. Load up on junk food and you’ll notice break outs, dull-looking skin and hair that appear dehydrated and unhealthy.
What green smoothies can do for you: The essential nutrients in green smoothies will help lock moisture in your hair and skin cells, making them look hydrated and healthy. These drinks can also help calm puffy and red skin, thus delaying appearance of sagging and wrinkles.
Are you enthusiastically dusting off your blender yet? Hold on.
You need recipes.
But… There are loads of smoothie experts and recipes online so you just need to browse a bit and search for a few that appeal to you and you’re all set for your health-in-glass journey. Right?
WRONG! These ‘so-called’ experts and many of the online smoothie diet programs can actually cause you to GAIN WEIGHT.
What you can expect in commercial smoothies and some online recipes:
Reduced metabolism: Many online and commercial smoothie recipes are way too low in calories. Fewer calories = faster weight gain? Nope, that’s a very, very flawed equation. You see, restricting your calorie intake can, in the long run, seriously slow down your metabolic rate. This means that your body will now be burning fewer calories — guess where any extra calories will end up? Right: on your hips, thighs, belly, under chin or arms…
More cravings: To keep cravings at bay you need the right balance of macronutrients — something it seems those people who designed online smoothie recipes are unaware of! Many of their recipes are sugar bombs that will cause your insulin levels to spike and come crashing down shortly after. That’s when these irresistible sugar cravings kick in.
Increased inflammation: Browse around and you’ll see many smoothie recipes calling for dairy or soy products, two known allergens that can worsen inflammation and make it harder for you to lose weight.
An unnecessary hole in your budget: No, you don’t need fancy superfoods like green powders, maca powder or goji berries to help you feel and look better. And not enough research has been done to prove the efficacy of these products. Why waste your hard earned money?
Increased cardiovascular and diabetes risks: Before you go ‘Come on!’ hear me out. Recipes that call for certain nectars or syrups are actually encouraging you to consume high-fructose corn syrup masquerading as a health food. Consuming too much fructose from these ‘foods’ increases body fat accumulation, insulin resistance and triglyceride levels.
Don’t play the Russian roulette with your health
My smoothie recipes have been carefully designed to protect your muscle mass from ‘melting’ away while eradicating flab healthily. You’ll also experience better moods, more restful sleep and improved mental alertness on our smoothie diet.
Whether you are just trying to lose the last 5-10 lbs or you want to lose 30 lbs or more, I encourage you to watch this FREE video presentation and try my Smoothie Diet Program to see how effective detox smoothies for weight loss can be.