Lose Weight with the Help of Smoothies
Introducing smoothies into your daily diet can help you improve your overall health as well as lose weight if you combine the ingredients well. Smoothies are amazing because they help you get in a concentration of nutrients, vitamins and minerals in just one cup. And the best thing about them is that you use fresh produce and mix everything yourself, and you know what you’re putting in – you decide and control what is going to be in your smoothie. Smoothies can help you feel full without having to take in lots of calories. If you combine the right ingredients, you can create a combination that tastes great, can help you boost your immune system and lose weight.
The reason behind smoothies being an excellent tool for weight loss is that you can get all the nutrients your body needs in order to function properly and provide you with energy, without filling up on excess calories or unnecessary and harmful ingredients. When you learn how to make a balanced smoothie that contains proper amounts of healthy fats, proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals – all in one cup – you will be ready to get yourself one powerful blender and start making weight loss and immunity boosting smoothies.
When it comes to the ingredients you can put into your smoothies in order to lose weight and boost or maintain your health, you can make your own combinations, but some ingredients are more effective and useful than others. To be more specific, certain foods or spices can in different ways help you lose weight faster.
Berries, for instance, are very tasty and they add color and flavor to any smoothie without adding many calories. They can make any smoothie taste better and look more attractive. Whether you choose strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries, you won’t be wrong, as all these berries are fiber-rich and contain high levels of antioxidants. Having a smoothie with berries means that you’ll be full for a longer time, which will reduce the need to eat something more soon, and consequently lead to burning more calories than you take in, which means losing weight.
Avocado makes any smoothie thicker and creamier. Besides that, avocado is also very tasty, and it can help you lose weight as it is high in healthy fats, which will keep you full for longer and prevent you from taking in too many calories during the day, as well as reduce the need for eating high calorie, unhealthy foods.
Leafy greens such as kale, spinach and romaine lettuce contain amazing levels of phytonutrients and are very low in calories. Many people who want to boost their immune system and lose weight drink green smoothies. Having smoothies with leafy greens can be a little unattractive, especially if you’re not used to the taste, but once you get used to it and you start experiencing the benefits, you will continue putting these greens into most of the smoothies you make. In order to fully experience the benefits and avoid getting bored of one and the same vegetable day by day, make sure you rotate your leafy greens and never eat the same thing two or three times in a row.
Greek yogurt is usually tastier and much higher in protein than plain yogurt. This means that it provides much more energy and can keep you full for a long time. You should know that if you eat less carbohydrates, you don’t have to worry about moderate amounts of fat getting you fat, so choose a full-fat variety of Greek yogurt, as those low fat versions usually contain added sugar (which is definitely not what you want to be taking in if you’re trying to lose weight).
Cinnamon is a sweet and tasty spice which can help you control your blood sugar levels, reduce food cravings and improve your metabolism. It helps your body decrease the levels of glucose, which helps it prevent storing fat, directly making you lose weight. Research has shown that cinnamon can best help you get rid of the fat on your belly, so introducing it into your daily diet is a smart choice if you want to lose weight. Just make sure you buy cinnamon that comes from Ceylon, as that one is usually healthy and has healing and weight loss properties, while that which comes from China or Indonesia can be toxic if eaten in larger amounts.
Coconut oil has become one of the most popular weight loss aids, and it is commonly used in smoothies as well as added to black coffee. Coconut oil contains healthy fat which is necessary if you want to lose weight in a healthy way. Your entire body, including your brain and lungs, need fat in order to be able to function properly, but it is important to choose healthy fats instead of unhealthy ones, such as hydrogenised oils. Healthy fats are used for energy and are not stored as fat if you’re eating an otherwise healthy and balanced diet. Adding a little coconut oil into your smoothies can help you stay full for a longer time, boost your energy levels and make you feel good overall. When you’re buying coconut oil, opt for organic virgin one, as that one will provide you with the most health and weight loss benefits. One teaspoon of this oil added into your smoothie will speed up your weight loss process and keep your energy up for most of the day.
Cayenne pepper is a spice that will add a kick to your smoothies and significantly speed up and promote your weight loss process. The compound that helps with weight loss is called capsaicin, and according to several conducted studies, introducing it into your daily diet reduces the need for carbohydrates and fats during the day. Adding cayenne pepper into your smoothies will help you reduce your appetite and eat fewer calories in a day.
Instead of adding dairy products into your smoothies, add water in order to avoid the extra calories. The fruits, vegetables and spices you’ll be combining in your smoothies will be tasty and rich enough so that you won’t need any milk or yogurt in them. If you want a more shake-like consistency, add ice cubes, or throw in a half of one banana.
Smoothies are a great addition to your diet. However, we’re not recommending you to start consuming only smoothies – you still need solid foods that will include lean proteins and healthy fats. Smoothies can replace one of your meals, and maybe one snack. The point of introducing smoothies into your diet is in reducing the intake of starchy carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, increasing the amounts of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients you take in, while not eating many calories.