Hi! Welcome to Fit, Food, and Fun Fridays! Today we’ll talk about the benefits of smoothies for weight loss. One amazing way of kicking off your day is to enjoy one of many smoothies for weight loss. Smoothies are very easy to make, healthy, and delicious. They are also a great alternative to junk food or fast food. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day; it signals your metabolism to start burning for the day. Make it a point to not miss breakfast with a little help from a smoothie.
Easy to Prepare
Smoothies offer a remarkable alternative for some meals and can be substituted for other snacks for many good reasons. As long as you have the ingredients on hand, they take only a minute to prepare. Smoothies can be made to your desired consistency; a good thick one can help you feel full for long spans of time. This results in reducing the frequency of eating, and you’re not likely to get bored with the smoothies because there are so many flavors. Smoothies are not just beneficial for weight loss but for the prevention of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Smoothies are a good way of ensuring you get your daily serving of fruits and vegetables. You can simply blend in just about any fruit or soft vegetable and you’ll have a healthy and nutritious drink that provides all your daily servings. It’s more natural, more effective, and tastier than taking a supplement!
Smoothies are healthier than most processed foods, which may be missing up to 80% of your much-needed vitamins and minerals. Smoothies are an appetizing way of getting all the necessary minerals and vitamins while losing weight.
Smoothies for weight loss are a great way of combating hunger and cravings. The slow-burning carbohydrates make sure that you stay full until lunchtime, helping you avoid those mid-morning munchies. A typical breakfast has fast burning carbohydrates, which will make you feel hungry well before the lunch rush. A smoothie combines healthy fats, protein, and fiber into a delicious and healthy drink. You get the essential nutrients and feeling of satiety you need without taking in empty calories you don’t need.
Smoothies for weight loss are becoming more popular and more common in a variety of diet plans. Some recipes can be used in place of your breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are lots of smoothie recipes available for free online. This will provide you with a wide selection of flavors, tastes, and ingredients to experiment with. So look up a recipe or two and start enjoying the wonderful world of smoothies!
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because the overweight and obesity epidemic is at an all-time high! We are a fat society and it’s killing us prematurely. Not only do I truly believe that you have the power to lose weight to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of obesity so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some of your chronic diseases. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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