Every person planning to lose weight thinks drinking smoothies can help them magically drop those extra pounds off their body. The craze for it is so much that people exchange their bowl of soup, salads and cereals for a glass full of fresh smoothie however what you find after 2-3 months of regular drinking is that you are not losing even an inch and surprisingly might have even added a few extra pounds to the amount you had to shed earlier. Do you know the reason why this is happening? Well it is simply because of some weight loss smoothie mistakes that you are making daily that is adding fat to the body rather than removing it.
- Lack of Protein:
You might be drinking glasses full of smoothies but that does not mean that you are drinking enough proteins to give you energy to last throughout the day. In case you wish to control your urge to eat every now and then, at least maintain 10 grams of protein per glass. Good protein sources include soy milk, Greek yogurt, beans, nuts, cottage cheese and soft tofu. High on proteins, these items have help maintain muscle during weight loss, improve immunity and muscle fitness plus helps in increasing muscle mass thereby reducing fat with time. in addition to this, increasing quality protein means amino acids such as leucine are metabolized in the muscles which directly affects calorie burning by muscles thus resulting in a healthy weight loss.
- Low on Fiber: If you aren’t taking enough fiber in your smoothie then the end result will be that you will simply start eating more than what you had initially planned. Though, Fibers directly don’t help in weight loss but they control the hunger level in the body by keeping it stomach feeling full. Usually the goal in weight loss is to eat low energy dense foods, which means that if you eat a good quantity of food lower in calories and higher in water content, the body will be getting volume and weight and not calories.
Other than this, food high on fiber take longer to digest which means you can remain fuller on a longer period of time. This is why picking fruits high on fiber and low on calories is a good choice and in such as a case, avocado, berries, kale, pear, kiwi, chia seeds, beans and flax meals are good options.
- Excess of Fruits: The general impression in people is that fruits are healthy as compared to other foods but let us not forget that apart from being rich in nutrients and fiber, they are full of calories too. Therefore making a smoothie of different fruits is not the solution to weight loss but picking the right fruits that are low on calories is the real answer.
Fruits are full of natural sugar and your body tends to digest it easily therefore combine a low calorie fruit with a good source of protein such as yogurt, beans, soy milk, nut powder or soft tofu to keep you feeling more fuller and avoid in between hunger pangs.
- No to Artificial Sweeteners: Usually one should avoid artificial sweeteners since smoothies derive flavor from fruits that are naturally sweet. A small tablespoon of maple syrup or honey can add extra 60-70 calories to your smoothie thus beating the purpose of a low fat smoothie. Also, avoid using flavored yogurt or fruit juices or canned fruits in the smoothie; opt for fresh fruits, unsweetened soy milk/almond milk or plain yogurt in their place.