A Smoothie Diet - Discussion, Pros and Cons

If you're on a diet and you love smoothies, you might be thinking that a smoothie diet could be a good fit for you.

Perhaps it will be, but for how long? Diets comprising smoothies are becoming very popular because they offer lots of nutrition from different kinds of fruits (and vegetables) that you could use in your smoothie, plus calcium and some good fat to help you on your weight loss track.

The Pros

Most smoothie diets don't just involve smoothies, but they are used as light meal alternatives to help give you the boost you need and keep you from feeling hungry. Many smoothies are low in calories, but when they have the right ingredients, they can be full of protein and other essential nutrients.

Smoothies taste great and, depending on your individual fruit choices, can be very high in good nutrients such as antioxidants. Berries, for example, are extremely rich in antioxidants. Add the fact that they are generally low in calories and can be high in calcium and you've got a pretty nutritious treat.

If smoothies are your favorite thing in the world, then you will likely love a 3-day smoothie diet, which can offer you a great way to cut calories and still get some pretty essential nutrients in your diet.

Plus, if you already are a healthy eater, you can make smoothies with just about everything that you probably already buy. Consider adding wheat germ or flax seed to your smoothie to give it an even more nutritious punch.

The Cons

While going on a smoothie diet sounds great, doing it for more than a couple of days can cause boredom. Sure, you're getting lots of great essential nutrients in that frosty drink, but if you don't make sure to add nutrients such as protein and fiber to your smoothie, you could wind up seriously lacking in these areas by the time a week is out.

Not to mention that cutting out some essential fats from your diet could not only leave you feeling lethargic and tired of your great diet, but you will also find that after a while your hair and complexion could wind up looking a little lackluster as well.

The Verdict

If you are going to go on a smoothie diet, you should consider doing so only for a few days. This will help you to avoid "diet boredom" and help you to stay nutritionally strong.

Consider adding protein and flax seeds to your smoothies for a more nutritious, filling smoothie when you're dieting to keep yourself from feeling hungry, as this is often when we give in to our cravings for high fat, unhealthy foods.

You should make sure that for one meal a day you get to eat a healthy meal that contains good fats and some form of fiber. This can be done without adding a ton of calories, and it will help you to stay on track longer.

As with any diet, it's important not to sacrifice proper nutrition in an effort to lose weight. Also, you should remember that no smoothie diet or any other diet is going to completely work unless you are also making sure to get plenty of exercise, which will naturally help to boost your metabolism.

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