Green Smoothies and Weight Loss

green smoothiesIn this era of health and fitness, green smoothies are all the rage. They have been credited with a host of health and lifestyle benefits including weight loss, cutting cravings, lowering cholesterol, and increasing energy. It doesn’t hurt that in one smoothie you could get in 1-2 (or more) servings of your daily requirement of fruits and vegetables. And they taste great too!

But can drinking green smoothies really help you lose weight? Why yes, they can. There are many fad diets out there. Many promise fast weight loss, or 20 pounds off in 2 weeks. What they fail to tell you upfront is that you have to starve yourself for the 2 weeks to lose the weight. Eating a diet of only 500-600 calories a day is dangerous and unhealthy. While it may work in the short term, it is not sustainable. BUT, incorporating green smoothies into your diet is a lifestyle choice you can live with long-term, and you will enjoy it.

Green smoothies help you to lose weight in a healthy and safe way because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients that are good for you and necessary for your body’s growth and stability. Adding one smoothie a day in place of a meal or snack can make it possible to lose weight fast, safely and easily without feeling like you are starving yourself or on a liquid diet. The bottom line is that with green smoothies you are not compromising your health to lose weight.

Did I mention that green smoothies taste great too! Don’t let the Kermit green color fool you! These drinks are simply delicious. Spinach is a very popular green to use, followed by kale. But you can use collards, dandelion greens, and broccoli too. That’s the beauty of preparing your own green drinks, you get to add YOUR favorite veggies. What veggies do you like? Add them in, give them a try.

green smoothies - paragrapgh 5Next, add in the fruits you love. Your sweet tooth is satisfied by all of the delicious fruit you put in there. Apples, pineapples, pomegranate, cherries, blueberries, grapes, raspberries… the list is endless. Just add what you love and your smoothie will be a one-of-kind healthy and filling treat. And don’t be afraid to try new fruits and vegetables and experiment with different tastes. The possibilities are truly endless.

And that’s not all. You can include other superfoods to add flavor or boost the nutritional value of your smoothie. These add-ons will not compromise the health of your drink, but rather enhance it. Chia seeds, flax seeds, omega-3 oil, dates, amino acid, and protein powder all have nutritional value to add to your green smoothie based on your lifestyle needs.

The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to permanently change your lifestyle. The overall calorie intake in green smoothies is low because fruit and vegetables are much lower in calories, fat and sugars than any processed food you can splurge on. That is why temporary fad diets do not work. Green smoothies are not a sacrifice. They are a healthy addition to your diet. They are a lifestyle choice that you’ll enjoy every day.

This entry was posted on November 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm.

Food: Not an Addiction

Food-addictionObesity one of the rapidly expanding dangers of the developed world. There are numerous negative health issues that are directly and indirectly associated with obesity. There are many reasons behind obesity and one of the main reason (you already know) is over eating. Also there are special medical conditions such as Alstorm syndrome where obesity occurs even at a low fat healthy diet. However our present concern here is with the major cause of obesity – over eating.

Experts are searching for reasons and solutions to this problem for a long time now and the available literature has a huge collection. A somewhat new term in the field related to obesity and overeating is food addiction.

Food addiction as a term explains the cause of over eating as an addiction to food just like addictions to other drugs. This takes for granted that those who are naturally addicted to food can’t be blamed for that as they are compelled like any other drug addict to consume more of what they are addicted to. And in case of food it makes it way to flexible and sensible to forgive and marginalize.

But recently the researchers from various universities in Europe had a narrative review on the available evidence of food addiction only to find out that over eating is not actually due to any substance addiction.

At this point of discussion it is worth mentioning that clinically there are two types of addiction – substance use disorder and non-substance use disorder. Substance use disorder occurs when addiction to any external substance like drugs occurs and in case of non-substance addiction the same thing occurs with a behavior like gambling. And this review shatters the mainstream view of food addiction as a substance use disorder and brings it in the domain of non-substance use disorder.

The report explained that unlike drugs there is no such addictive substance in food to be addictive to. Rather it is the rewarding process of our mind that is actually making the whole thing happen.

Now, the rewarding process is through which we try to make up to our happiness for any hard task or bad time. Neurologically it is the same neural path ways and the neurotransmitters like dopamine that are responsible for this occurrence. However, the drug issue is also connected with stimulation in the same area of dopamine secretion. As drugs have the power to release the rewarding signals in our central nervous system through increased release of dopamine so do some actions like gambling, sky diving, and now after this report, eating.

Therefore, the experts also suggest a new out look to the problem of over eating. Now the pressure on individuals for controlling over-eating increases because the non-substance disorders, being connected with the behavioral act, is less hard to tackle with; that means easier to overcome.

So, beware all gluttons! It is totally up to you now; whether you’ll know how to behave and control over eating tendencies or will go on to eventually facing the nightmares of obesity.

This entry was posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm.