Green Weight Loss Smoothie

The green smoothie can be a good option to calm hunger in those moments of anxiety. However, alone it's not enough for weight loss. Find out more.
Green Weight Loss Smoothie

Last update: 28 May, 2021

A green smoothie for weight loss is a natural drink that, included in a balanced and healthy diet, can contribute to reducing those “extra kilos”. However, it’s important to clarify that, on its own, it doesn’t have the capacity to burn fat or eliminate toxins. By simply ingesting it on a regular basis can be a good complement to maintain a healthy weight.

Is it useful to prepare a green smoothie to lose weight?

To answer this question, it’s important to break some false beliefs about the consumption of smoothies. For some years, both the green smoothie and other similar drinks were popular, as many celebrities suggested that it was their secret to staying in shape.

As a result, dozens of recipes were shared promising to shed pounds in a matter of weeks. Even “miracle” diets were designed based on shakes, which promised to help you lose weight almost instantly. Well, all this was denied and, in fact, we now know that it could be harmful.

A woman wearing running shoes drinking a green smoothie.

A smoothie, green or otherwise, can’t help you lose weight on its own. Although it’s composed of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, and spices, it doesn’t have properties powerful enough to combat excess weight.

What can be beneficial is that they help to maintain the feeling of fullness, although not as much as fruits and vegetables in their natural form. In addition, as detailed in a study in Genetics and Molecular Biology, they could help improve antioxidant capacity, which contributes to overall wellbeing.

Green smoothie for weight loss

In short, you can prepare a green smoothie to lose weight, but be clear that it won’t be a drink with miraculous effects. If you decide to try it, you can drink it, for example, in those moments of anxiety when hunger attacks.

Thus, you will get a feeling of fullness in exchange for few calories and, in addition, you’ll provide a boost of nutrients to your body. So, want to try it? Make the following recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of frozen mango (150 g)
  • 1 ripe banana cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of fresh, washed spinach leaves (60 g)
  • 1 cup of natural, unsweetened almond milk (250 ml)
A man and a woman holding green smoothies.

Instructions

  • Blend all of the ingredients.
  • Drink on the spot to make sure that it doesn’t lose any of its nutrients.
  • In case the day is very hot, add ice if you just want a cool shake.
  • Avoid adding sweeteners. In case the flavor’s not sweet enough, add only one or two drops of liquid stevia.

We can’t expect to lose weight by simply drinking a green smoothie. Although it’s a healthy drink, it doesn’t have “super properties”. In general, if we want a healthy weight, it’s best to maintain a healthy and calorie-controlled diet. In addition, we mustn’t forget the importance of physical activity.

Are you overweight or obese? Be sure to seek advice from doctors and nutritionists. They’re the only ones with the power to help you obtain the ideal weight loss plan for your case.

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