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Weight loss smoothies are one of the most popular meal options for individuals looking to lose weight -  largely due to their ease of preparation and good taste. The options are literally endless when it comes to the different types of weight loss smoothies one can make. This is due in part to the large variety of weight loss approaches (i.e. high protein/low carb or low carb/high fat for example) and the wide range of ingredients that can be used to make smoothies. The success of specialist smoothie chains like 'Boost' is also evidence of popularity of smoothies for health and weight loss. This article will take a look at some of the popular smoothie recipies from different weight loss regimes and cover some of the practical tips to help make your smoothie making experience all the more enjoyable and easy.

Weight Loss Smoothies Recipe

High protein/low carb smoothies would have to be one of the most popular options for weight loss. The simplest approach is to mix one scoop of your favourite protein powder with a bit of frozen fruit and some ice cubes/water. To increase the nutritional value of such a smoothie, you might add in some essential fats in the form of flaxseed oil, chia seed mix or even fish oil. Other nutrient add-ons include things like some green food supplement or superfood supplement. Lastly, some argue that lack of fibre is a big flaw for smoothie based weight loss diets. To combat this issue, soluble fibre in the form of inulin can be added to smoothies.

Sample High Protein/Low Carb Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 x Scoop of your Favourite Protein Powder
  • ½ Cup of Frozen Berries (i.e. raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries)
  • ½ Cup of Ice Cubes or Chilled Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Flaxseed Oil
  • ¼ Cup of Yoghurt/Frozen Fruit Sorbet (optional)

The other increasingly popular weight loss diet is that of low carb and high fat. One can really start making some gourmet creamy smoothies if they take they are adopting this style of diet. A simple smoothie recipe example includes some double/thick cream, greek yoghurt, frozen berries, sweetner and/or vanilla essence plus ice cubes. The same principle applies to these type of smoothies in terms of boosting nutritional content. Just throw in a dash of greens powder or spoon of essential fats or even your favourite protein powder.

Sample Low Carb/High Fat Smoothie Recipe

  • ½ Cup of Frozen Berries (i.e. raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries)
  • ¼ - ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ Cup Greek Yoghurt (with no added sugar)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Splenda
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 1 Scoop of Favourite Protein Powder (Optional)

Weight Loss Smoothies Diet

Such is the popularity of weight loss smoothies that there are whole meal plans and diets that centre on the repeated use of smoothies. Some popular examples include Opti-Fast and Slim Fast. These type of smoothie diets utilise an approach called very low calorie diet or VLCD, which as the name suggests have a very low calorie content. While such diets are very effective in the short term, they are hard to maintain because of the inherent hunger pains that invariably arise from being on such a low calorie diet. The biggest appeal for such diets is that they are extremely practical and easy, which makes compliance all the more better. However, on the flip side it’s inevitable that people will grow tired of having the same smoothies day-in-day-out.

In summary, weight loss smoothies represent a viable and sustainable meal option for individuals looking to lose weight as part of an overall exercise and diet program. One of their main benefits is they are quick and easy to make and generally taste very good. What’s more, because of their popularity and proven success one can often grab a low carb or high protein smoothie when they are out and about from a local ‘smoothie bar’.

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