4 Reasons Why Your Smoothie Might Be Hindering Weight Loss
Smoothies made from scratch are far healthier than store-bought versions. Most of them are high in sugar, which contradicts the reasons you included smoothies for weight reduction in your healthy eating plan in the first place.
However, if you are not careful, even homemade smoothies might ruin your weight loss attempts. Here are four reasons why your smoothies may be underperforming in your weight-loss endeavors.
Cutting Back on Fiber
If you don’t include enough fiber-rich ingredients in your smoothies, you risk being hungry sooner than usual. Because it delays digestion, fiber keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
Not only does this prevent a blood-sugar surge (and the subsequent crash that sends you running for anything to eat), but the fiber is indigestible, so it doesn’t add calories to your diet.
You can ensure that you are getting adequate fiber by putting nuts, berries, seeds, fruit, and dark green veggies in your smoothies. The type of dark green vegetables you eat can also make a difference. Kale, for example, has twice the fiber of spinach.
Inadequate Protein Consumption
Including enough protein in your smoothies can help you lose weight in a variety of ways. Protein contains the hormone leptin, which keeps you feeling fuller for longer by preventing the hunger signal to the brain. Blocking the hunger signal, towards the end of the day, reduces the number of calories you would normally consume.
Furthermore, the amino acid leucine present in protein helps to prevent muscle loss, causing your body to burn fat rather than muscle. Protein powder is an easy way to add protein to your smoothies. To increase the protein content of your smoothies, use plant-based milk, peanut butter, and oatmeal.
When it comes to yogurt, go with plain Greek. It not only has more protein, but it also does not have the added sugar that many other brands of yogurt do.
Using Excessive Fruit
Fruit adds flavor, fiber, and nutrition to smoothies, but certain fruits are high in sugar. And, certainly, some argue that it is the natural sugar fructose, and they are accurate… However, it is still sugar and contains 9 calories per gram.
Reduce the sugar level of your smoothies by replacing some of the fruit with lower calorie veggies like kale or spinach. Add some nuts and seeds to add some healthy fat without increasing the sugar amount.
Including a Sweetener
If you include fruit in your smoothies, don’t add any more sweetener. Even natural ones, such as honey or maple syrup, include 60 calories per tablespoon – calories (and sweetness) that you do not require.
You can make your smoothies more weight-loss friendly while still enjoying the deliciousness of them now that you know four of the reasons why your smoothies may be impeding your weight reduction efforts.