Globally, the health and fitness community is continually spouting the health benefits of smoothies and how they can help you to lose weight or control your blood sugar levels.
Smoothies are generally considered to be low-calorie drinks. However, not all smoothies are created equal. While it is undoubtedly a healthy addition to your diet, many smoothies can be very high in calories. They can contain as much as or sometimes even more calories than what you would eat at a regular meal. So the only way to lose weight by drinking smoothies is to have them as meal replacements and ensure that it has fewer calories than the meal you are replacing.
While smoothies are definitely a great way of increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption, let’s look at one of the most common smoothie controversies - how many smoothies a day is too much?
People generally tend to decide the number of smoothie servings depending on how quickly they want to lose weight. However, it can get very difficult to stick to such a restrictive diet plan for too long. You will definitely lose weight but this is often temporary and you will end up gaining the weight that you have lost previously.
Another option is to drink two smoothies daily for a couple of weeks. It is again difficult to continue with this regime for a prolonged period. And while you do this, you need to ensure that you have at least one nutritionally balanced meal consisting of whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
It is worth noting that sometimes in our pursuit of good health, we may actually be doing more harm than good. It is very important to understand the physiology of our body and mind. Too much of any good thing is bad, and this applies to smoothies too.
Yes, fruits and vegetable smoothies are incredibly healthy and nutritionally dense. However, it does not mean that we should have only smoothies throughout the day. Drinking too many smoothies causes abdominal discomfort and bloating. Excessive intake of raw leafy green vegetables is not advisable since they contain oxalic acid that can eventually lead to calcium deficiency, gout or kidney problems. Similarly, having too many fruits can also lead to weight gain and can make the body more acidic.
Our beliefs about healthy foods need to be balanced.
Whether the goal is weight loss or controlling elevated blood sugar levels, it is best to stick to one smoothie daily. Although the progress will be gradual, this approach will be more sustainable in the longer term. Do not aim for any quick fix. Rather make a conscious lifestyle change that you will be able to stick to all throughout.