You have probably heard many times that “The Smoothie Diet” is one of the favorite ways of dieting among celebrities and show business stars. Smoothies are based on fruits and vegetables, and therefore do not provide too many calories. In addition, they also help to effectively cheat hunger. This is why many people believe that this is the best and fastest way of losing weight. Is it really true?
We need to know that the smoothie diet is a broader concept than it seems. There are different types of this diet, for example: green smoothie diet, 3 days smoothie diet, 1 week smoothie diet, 10 days smoothie diet or 15 days smoothie diet. Some people even suggest that you can stay on such a diet for up to 21 days and when you do the results will be unbelievable. On top of that, smoothie preparation recipes are simple and they taste delicious. It sounds like a great option for someone who needs to slim down fast. Some people who tried smoothie diets reported loss of weight, feeling of the digestive system lightness, lack of constipation or other intestine problems, great looking skin and complexion, or finally – a flat looking belly. Wow, seriously? Is this diet really as good as some claim it to be?
Let’s have a closer look and try to find out what dieticians say. We all know that calorie intake is an individual matter and should be based on our sex, age, weight or physical activity. We also know that we need proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats in our diet to ensure proper functioning of our body. It is scientifically proven that extensive smoothie dieting can cause deficiency of D and B12 vitamins, as they are mainly absorbed from meat and dairy products. When you look at smoothie recipes, you’ll see that neither lentils nor beans are ever listed as ingredients of these cocktails. Legumes are very necessary in our diets as they are great sources of zinc which is a very important element for our skin, hair and nail health. Finally, this diet can also lead to forming kidney stones in the long run as ingredients used for making the cocktails contain lots of calcium oxalates.
Considering all of the above, dieticians indicate that the smoothie diet should not be treated as a meal replacement. According to them the most efficient way to obtain all the necessary nutrients while engaging in the smoothie diet would be to replace just one meal a day with a healthy, low-calorie smoothie. This version of “the smoothie diet” can be used in the long run and you can be sure it will not be harmful for your health.
Ultimately, before you begin this diet, please consider all of its advantages and disadvantages. There is no doubt that drinking smoothies is a very healthy habit, but only when our diet is properly balanced. Remember also that losing weight in a very short period can lead to a yoyo effect and unnecessary stress, frustration or depression.
There are many different books and articles on the market presenting different smoothie diets and results you can achieve using them. You need to remember that some diets can be unsafe and unhealthy for us. This is why it is always the best to consult each diet with your family doctor, even if you are a healthy person.
Bonus: Carrot smoothie recipe.
3 big carrots; 1 orange; ½ cup of strawberries; 1 tablespoon of honey; 1 tablespoons of chia seeds
Instructions: Peel carrots and orange and blend them with strawberries. Add honey and chia seeds. Done.
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