There are many factors that can make or break your weight loss efforts. Eating the appropriate amount of food for your body type is just one of them but a very important one.
Whenever I meet a new client part of the process of establishing a base line is looking at their current eating habits. We look at both quality and quantity of food eaten every day. We count calories and we count macros (protein, fat, carbs).
It’s not uncommon for clients to be surprised when I tell them that they are not eating enough food in a day to be able to lose unwanted body fat. And I am not talking about healthy food yet!
You see, if you restrict your calories intake excessively you cause your metabolism to slow down and your stress levels to go up. This means that in addition to making your life miserable by feeling hungry all the time, you are more likely to accumulate fat around your waistline.
But what if you are not feeling hungry? Sometimes it can be difficult to rack up 1500+ KCal of healthy clean food when you don’t feel like eating!
The solution? A meal in a glass (the green smoothie)
I am sure you have read at least a gazillion articles in blogs and magazines about diets based on “the green smoothie“. I make mine using hemp protein powder as the main ingredient as it offers an excellent nutritional profile with 20 different amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids. Not only that, it also has a health 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 vs Omega-6 fats but because the Omega-6 are from a vegetable source they don’t metabolise in the same way as some of their unhealthier counterparts.
I then add whatever other ingredient(s) I fancy such as fruit or non-starchy vegetables (more green) and I finish it off with some almond milk if I want a vegan meal or I add some milk if I want to be omnivore. Here is the recipe for my favourite green smoothie:
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Although I wouldn’t advise any of my clients to go on a liquid diet, green smoothies have a place in any good weight loss program. They are quick and easy to make and they can replace a snack or even a meal.
Many of the people I work with are busy executives always on the run. They don’t have the luxury of being able to prepare or even eat more than one full meal every day. As long as they can keep a small blender at their place of work they can quickly make one of these and receive all the nourishment they need to keep their metabolism working for them.
Got any interesting recipes for green smoothie? Feel free to share them in the comments below.