How healthy is your daily smoothie? Could it be sabotaging your weight loss goals? You may be surprised by the answer!
As we are all sadly aware, summertime is coming to an end. I have several clients who are upset with themselves or disappointed, because they haven’t met their end of summer weight loss goal. Some from a lack of gym discipline and some from their roller coaster style of eating. But what about those people who thought they were doing everything right, but didn’t lose weight? Or even put on additional weight? What could be the cause?
One of my clients voiced their frustrations this past week. I asked if they could talk to me in a little bit more detail about their eating habits over the past few months. This person started going into detail about their typical day and what they eat. The dinnertime discussion is where things started to make a little more sense to me. It turns out, this person was drinking a fruit smoothie every night in place of an actual meal. You might be thinking, “So? Why does that matter? Smoothies are made out of fruit and fruit is healthy.” That’s actually a major misconception in the world of healthy eating.
I’ll break down the answer to that question for you, just like I did for my client. When people think of healthy, some of the better tasting of all the foods the earth provides us with are fruit. So naturally, we gravitate to fruit due to the sweet taste it has to offer. You may or may not have heard that fruit is filled with sugar. Yes, filled with natural sugars, but when your body sends them through the digestive process, it can’t tell if you just ate a bag of cherries or if you just ate a bag of gummy bears. To your body, sugar is sugar; there is nothing else to it.
Before you cut fruit out of your life altogether, hear me out. Yes, we should eat fruit because of other health benefits it provides us aside from its natural sugar content. However, too much fruit can cause you to gain a substantial amount of weight. If you are throwing in handfuls of fruit, of all different kinds and blending them together and drinking them, what do you think is happening? I mean, seriously! You don’t ever just sit down and snack on a big ol’ banana, a pack of strawberries, a pack of blueberries and a cup of almond milk all in one sitting, do you? No, you don’t! So what makes you think that blending all of that together makes it part of a healthy diet?
On average, most people consume over 40-60g of sugar in their fruit smoothies! If that doesn’t resonate with you, think of it like this: one 12oz Coke contains 40g of sugar! Sounds crazy now, doesn’t it? If you are like most people trying to lose weight, you are doing your best to avoid sodas. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but drinking all those fruit smoothies isn’t too far off from drinking a soft drink. The worst way to drink your smoothies is to purchase it from one of those chain smoothie stores. Have you ever noticed that they aren’t cutting up fresh fruit for you? That’s because the “fruit” they make your smoothie with, comes from a bag that contains blended up processed fruits that are the equivalent to a thick and seedy syrup. Sounds super yummy and healthy, right?
It all comes down to really thinking about what it is you are eating. Smoothies can be a great health food option if you make them properly, just don’t get carried away with all your ingredients. When making a smoothie, ask yourself this question first: “Would I sit down and eat this as a snack or meal and feel good about it afterwards?” The weight loss and healthier body you were originally trying to achieve, will appear before you know it one you make this little change!
Oh, and by the way… If you do by chance happen to be a person who actually DOES sit down and eat that much fruit in one sitting, come talk to me. We definitely need to have some heart to heart conversations together, my friend!