Are you fed up of those extra pounds that just won’t shift? Do you want to kick start your weight loss and rev up your metabolism? Do you want a quick healthy breakfast that you can drink on the go, fill yourself up with and get in your fruit and veg for the day?
This weight loss smoothie recipe is the perfect meal replacement to help you on your way to a slimmer body.
I have been waiting such a long time to share this smoothie recipe for weight loss with you. This is because I’ve been testing this recipe for ages.
Every time I started drinking this smoothie, the next day I had lost 2 pounds. I tested this smoothie numerous times especially after a weekend indulgence and it always had the same effect.
I then went away for 3 weeks and gained 7 pounds. Now I’m back and the very first thing I wanted to do was make another batch of my weight loss smoothie and share this recipe with you ASAP!
A Weight Loss Smoothie to Fall in Love With
Another reason I kept ‘testing’ this recipe is that it tastes absolutely gorgeous. It’s definitely one of my top favourite smoothie recipes ever. I would be quite happy if I only had to drink this smoothie for the rest of my life. It’s honestly that good.
This smoothie does not taste like a weight loss smoothie.
It is creamy, luxurious, with a fresh citrusy undertone and just the right balance of sweet and sour. It’s not overly sweet, and even though I have a really sweet tooth, the taste of this smoothie suits me perfectly.
I’m sure you’re going to love it.
And if the food that is good for us happens to help us lose weight and tastes amazing, then that’s got to be a bonus?
Eat Fat Lose Fat
This is not a low fat smoothie for a very good reason. Did you know you actually need to eat HEALTHY fats to lose weight? If you eat a low fat diet your body actually keeps hold of more of your fat stores. We also need healthy fats for many essential bodily functions. And healthy fats will fill you up helping you to reduce your cravings.
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Although I don’t count calories to lose weight, I do believe it can be helpful to be aware of the calories in your food when you are trying to lose weight so you can get an idea of portion sizes and plan future meals accordingly.
I am a big believer in eating real unprocessed food, and when you fill up on these types of foods it is much easier to lose weight. However some people can still struggle with their weight despite eating all the right foods, so it may help to look at the number of calories you need and try and eat less than your body needs.
Use this calculator to find out how many calories your body needs a day:
Now if you take 500 calories off your daily energy expenditure figure, you should lose 1 pound a week. However not all calories are created equal so if you’re still eating processed foods you may still struggle to lose weight. If you are eating whole unprocessed foods you may find that you lose more weight especially at the start of your diet. If you want to lose more weight than 1 pound a week then I would suggest increasing your exercise rather than decreasing your calories.
This smoothie contains 483 calories which is a substantial filling breakfast that should keep you going all morning.
Weight Loss Ingredients to Boost Your Metabolism
I have carefully selected all the ingredients in this weight loss smoothie to help you burn fat, speed up your metabolism, reduce your cravings and fill you up. This smoothie contains the following healthy ingredients:
Avocado: Avocados are loaded with healthy Omega 9 fatty acids, speed up the conversion of fat into energy and boost the rate of metabolism.
Coconut: Coconut is rich with medium chain triglycerides which increase the liver’s rate of metabolism by up to 30 percent.
Coconut also helps keep you full so you’re less likely to overeat unhealthy food. Coconut oil also improves the functioning of the thyroid gland.
Lemons: Lemons are excellent liver detoxifiers, and alkalize our body. They may seem acidic based on taste but in the process of being metabolized by the body, they actually alkalize our bodily fluids and tissues.
Maintaining the health of the liver is also essential so that the body can digest and burn fat, since the liver is one of the organs responsible for these functions.
Grapefruit: Many studies show that grapefruit is an excellent weight loss food. In one study at Johns Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle.
I don’t usually enjoy grapefruit but it’s so subtle in this smoothie and adds a delicious tang.
For those who don’t want to add grapefruit into your smoothie, you can get all the benefits from grapefruit without the taste by adding grapefruit powder. I actually added both grapefruit and grapefruit powder to my smoothie for extra benefits. You can get grapefruit powder and read about some amazing health benefits here.
Some people taking certain medications can’t eat grapefruit so please check your medication and you can substitute the grapefruit for orange in this recipe.
Green Tea: Green tea is amazing for fat busting. EGCG increases the rate at which fat is burned in your body. Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, activate fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent.
Green Tea also keeps energy stable by balancing blood sugar levels. EGCG improves insulin use in the body to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes that can result in fatigue, irritability, and cravings for unhealthy foods.
Leafy Greens: Leafy greens are very high in fiber, which can help make you feel full for longer, as well as improving your digestion. They are very low in calories and carbohydrates, and can be eaten in large amounts during almost any kind of diet.
Leafy greens also have a low glycemic index, which means that they hardly effect blood sugar levels and can even help lower the effects of other foods when they are eaten together. This effect allows you to avoid blood sugar crashes as well as preventing diabetes, improving the chances of sticking to your diet and losing more weight. So although the greens are optional in this smoothie, they are highly recommended.
Oats: Oats are loaded with fiber that decreases your appetite by making you feel full so you can go for long periods of time without eating while keeping your energy levels high.
The addition of oats to this smoothie makes it a complete meal replacement smoothie. If you leave out the oats, you are more likely to get hungry and need something else to eat.
What to eat for lunch and dinner to lose weight
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