A lot has been written about the smoothie diet. This information can be found on the internet or in books you can buy at your local book store. Much of this information indicates your weight lose goals can be achieved using this approach. This diet has its pros and cons. Using the proper approach with this wight loss system is key to success and must include a balanced diet.
The smoothie diet includes plenty of vegetables and fruits. The inclusion of these food types is essential to the success of the this type of diet. This diet is low in calories and rich in phytonnutrients. These are chemicals produced by plants. These chemicals are nutrients and are used by plants to protect themselves from damaging environments. Phytonutrients are used by plants to reduce the effects of ultraviolet radiation and pollution, which can cause dangerous free radicals to generate within their cells. Simply put plants produce these nutrients to stay healthy. Phytonutrients are available in supplement form for human consumption, but are best consumed as nutrient-rich foods, such as in a smoothie diet. Having these nutrients contained in a proper smoothie will help reduce inflammation which triggers weight gain.
It should be noted that many food establishments are including smoothies on their menus,or at least the best ingredients to make one. In fact some food establishments are totally dedicated to making and selling these and other healthy drinks, So if your schedule is to busy, you can always visit one of these health food establishments and have a smoothie made for you.
Of course there are some cons with the smoothie diet. This diet can be expensive to implement. You will have to experiment with food to decide which smoothie suits your taste. Although there are many recipes you can find on the internet or in various books, there is no guarantee that the results will taste good. It will take time to find the recipe that not only satisfies your taste buds, but gives you the nutrients you need to make the smoothie diet a success.
Reducing foods such as sugar and saturated fat is key to reducing weight as these are inflammatory foods. Include vegetables, fruits and whole grains which are naturally anti-inflammatory in your diet. This can be achieved with a smoothie diet, however the you will need to have the proper approach to this diet. There are many resources on the internet which can help you with approach.
Many people are looking at a liquid diet weight loss solution for their current problems. There are serious health consequences for these quick fixes though. Depending on your health already, you need to be aware that this type of diet is not safe and can be potentially fatal.
For some people who are only mildly obese and lose too much lean body mass, there is an increase in developing cardiac problems. Some liquid protein diets have been linked to cardiac arrhythmias. Diabetics who try this are also at risk since sugar levels may fluctuate dramatically.
Liquid diet weight loss is also harmful because of what they do not contain. They only provide about 36% of recommended daily fiber, 18 of 23 amino acids and lack many vitamins and minerals needed for good health. Without all of these important ingredients, you are more susceptible to disease and infection. In increased usage, liquid diet weight loss consequences can lead to muscle cramps, anemia, dizziness, menstrual abnormality and constipation.
Because liquid weight loss is a rapid way to lose weight, it should not be combined with exercise. The liquid does not give sufficient energy to expend during normal exercise activities. Especially harmful ones are low-calorie, which lead to fatigue, collapse and future bad eating habits. All diets of this type, although not recommended, should not be used for long. If you are going to use this type of weight loss solution, you will not want to use it for long and take breaks with solid food in between. It will help keep your body healthy by keeping the proper levels of vitamins and minerals.
A drawback to the liquid diet weight loss that may dissuade you immediately is the fact that you may gain back the weight that you lose quicker than you’d like. For this reason alone, you may not want to use it for long-term results. However, if you need to lose a few pounds for that high school reunion or wedding, you may be willing to overlook the consequences of liquid diet weight loss.
Even though the standard for pre-surgical education has been elevated for bariatric patients seeking treatment for obesity with weight loss surgery a certain silliness prevails among patients and the public suggesting surgery is the easy way to lose weight. Popular perception of surgical weight loss suggests that lifestyle changes including diet and exercise are not necessary for weight loss; the surgery does all the work for the patient by restricting caloric intake.
The truth is, in order to lose weight and maintain the resulting healthy body weight with weight loss surgery (gastric bypass, gastric lap-band, gastric sleeve) one must make significant lifestyle changes that include a following high protein diet, the elimination of processed carbohydrates and carbonated beverages, and avoiding or at least controlling snacking or mindless eating. In addition patients must engage in daily physical activity beyond the physical motions of the routine day. Patients must exercise. A lapse in adherence to the dietary or activity requirements of bariatric surgery will cause weight loss to cease and may potentially cause weight gain.
The notion that simply eating less of the things we were eating at the height of our obesity as a means to losing weight is absurd. Yet I have heard the hearty laugh of a post-surgical patient more than once when they explain, “I can still eat the same things I used to eat, just less!” Okay, how about we check back with that person in a year or so and see how that is working. Chances are the last thing they want to talk about, let alone laugh about, is weight loss surgery. The patients and the public that want to believe weight loss surgery is easy weight loss do not want to hear this simple truth: If the food you ate before surgery made you fat then eating the same food, even less of it, after surgery will continue to keep you fat. It is that simple.
Most bariatric programs explain to their patients that the surgical stomach pouch is “only a tool” for losing weight and some programs make patients sign a contract affirming they will use their tool correctly. To use the tool correctly the patient must follow the prescribed diet and exercise program. Not for just a few weeks or until goal weight is accomplished. The surgery is a permanent alteration of the human digestive system therefore the patient must make a permanent alteration of their behaviors in a conscious effort to use the tool for controlling the metabolic disorder we call obesity.
Even with surgery patients must diet and exercise to lose weight. To maintain that weight loss they will continue to follow the high protein diet and exercise requirements for the rest of their life. Patients who do this are happily successful with their “easy” weight loss surgery. Patients who from the first stitch ignored these requirements hoping the surgery would do the work for them are not laughing much now as they try to fade in the background doing the same things they have always done hoping for different results.
In my work I counsel patients of weight loss surgery who often ask me if it is okay to eat this or that. My job is not to fork feed these people, my job is to give them the power to rule their own fork. So I answer this question like this, “When you are looking at or longing for that deep fried food at the county fair use your dietary sensibility and remember that if it made you fat before surgery it will surely make you fat after surgery.”