With obesity on the rise, many people are becoming more conscious of their weight than ever before. Naturally we all want to look good, but lately there is a shift in thinking and reasoning behind many wanting to lose weight.
More people are seeing the value in feeling vibrant and having a long lifespan vs. just looking good.
This along with many people realizing that losing weight may be their only chance of avoiding debilitating diseases and seeing their kids grow up is motivating people to change their attitudes about health.
The flip side of that is the “quick fix mentality” which exists more than ever before. Countless fad diets are causing people to take extreme measures to lose weight. Some methods are down right scary, and can wreck havoc on your metabolism and hormones causing all kinds of negative long term effects.
People get caught up in thinking you can just pop a pill or eat cabbage soup and the weight just drops off. Poof. Just like magic.
Don’t Get Caught up in Weight Loss Fantasyland
Truth is, we know it’s not really the case, otherwise everyone would be at their optimal weight right? Change is good but some things work best just the way they are, like the old adage “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, think back to the days of our ancestors when they lived active lifestyles, growing, raising, and eating most of their own food. Yep, before the dawn of quick fixes, this is how we stayed healthy and fit.
There is no disputing the fact that eating a diet rich in clean, whole foods and living an active lifestyle is the only medicine for losing and maintaining a healthy weight. No matter how much anyone uses words of trickery, don’t be fooled. There simply is no way to get around the work it takes to be healthy. However there are some ways to kick start your metabolism and get it into serious fat burning mode.
Incorporate Healthy Smoothies to Lose Weight and Feel Great!
What do you get when you take nutrient dense leafy greens, high fiber fruit, nuts & seeds packed with protein and healthy fats, or a good quality protein powder and blend them all together? That’s right…a party in a blender baby! AKA a healthy smoothie! So simple yet so effective at spurring weight loss and making you feel so so great. Here’s why…
♠ Nutrient rich vitamins and minerals in an easy to digest, highly absorbable form give you energy
♠ High fiber content keeps you full and keeps blood sugar levels in check
♠ Protein fires up mental alertness, keeps you full longer, and builds lean muscle which burns fat
♠ Healthy fats increases energy, mood, memory, burn fat, and are great for heart health
Notice I used spades as bullet points because you get all these benefits in spades when you drink one of these bad boys. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? So do an experiment and try a smoothie everyday for breakfast for seven days straight, and see how you feel. My guess is you’re gonna want more.
If you’re trying to lose weight quickly you can try replacing two of your three meals a day with smoothies and eating two healthy snacks in between. Things like hummus and veggies, celery with peanut or almond butter, tuna lettuce wraps, plain greek yogurt, kale chips, you get the idea. See how you feel, if it doesn’t feel right stick with just one for breakfast, and add them before or after workouts if you like.
Adding in some type of regular physical activity will get rid of unwanted pounds faster. Plus no doubt you’ll feel fantastic. Which puts you in the mood for more of these yummy beverages.
Important Things to Know When Choosing Your Ingredients
Maybe you’ve heard that smoothies actually make you gain weight. The problem lies in using ingredients that pack a high glycemic load, after all fruit is sugar right? But if you stick to a few simple rules when making them, you will never have to worry about smoothies making you overweight again.
Avoid fruits that have a high glycemic load (like bananas, pineapples, and mangoes) which spike your blood sugar and insulin levels, which makes you store fat, and leads to diabetes and heart disease.
Reduce your glycemic load by adding quality protein (plant based or whey – avoid soy), healthy fats (avocado, nuts, or seeds) which slow digestion, and allow a slow release of sugar for sustained energy.
Add a quality hydrolyzed collagen powder to boost your metabolism and control appetite.
Aim for mostly leafy greens for their alkalizing benefits – my favorites are kale, romaine, and spinach. I would suggest alternating your greens so you’re not over consuming any one in particular. Aim for less amounts of low glycemic fruits listed above. And remember organic rocks! Actually…
Superfood Smoothies Just Plain Rock!
These blended super food nutrients are a powerhouse of energy, and fat burning fuel that can make a huge difference in your overall health, waistline, and well being. Click here for some of my smoothie recipes. Please keep in mind some fit the weight loss bill with a low glycemic load, but not all. You can easily alter some ingredients though. Some are healthier options for desserts too. Something for everyone ;)
What’s your favorite smoothie? Let me know if you try any of my recipes and as always feedback and comments are welcomed, as well as any suggestions for variations or improvements.