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Weight loss tactics, especially when it comes to diet, can be very tricky at times. Fruit juices were once considered a healthy diet option but now because of their high sugar and low fiber content. Healthy smoothies have stolen the limelight, providing healthy, filling and most importantly, delicious meal replacement options.
Over the last few years, smoothies have been a revolution in weight loss regimes, helping individuals consume otherwise ‘not-so-tasty’ foods as revamped drinks. The freedom that these drinks are effective to drink with respect to healthy add-ons like nuts, honey and natural spreads.
Here is the list of 5 spectacular smoothies that can help you shed those last few pounds:
Watermelon Mint Smoothie
Calories per serving: 98
Ingredients (serves 1):
2 cups seedless watermelon chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint
1/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
This minty smoothie has a low calorie count and is a perfect pick-me-up for when you need some refreshment throughout the day.
Calories per serving: 185
Ingredients (serves 2):
1 cup coconut milk or coconut water
1 granny smith apple, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup ice
Apple and cinnamon are a match made in heaven. The coconut milk can be substituted by regular low fat milk based on preference, you can also add spinach (essentially tasteless) to this smoothie for added fat burning qualities.
Pina Colada Smoothie
Calories per serving: 115
Ingredients (serves 3):
1 cup lite coconut milk
2 cups pineapple chunks
2 tablespoons honey, optional
Enough ice to make it slushy
Another one for coconut lovers – this Pina Colada smoothie is an absolute winner because of its light texture and extremely low calorie content, making it a perfect drink to pair with a not-so-heavy meal, any time of the day!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Calories per serving: 214
Ingredients (serves 3):
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 cup low-fat milk
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, fat-free
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
The chocolate peanut butter smoothie is a popular favorite because of its indulgent nature. While the chocolate and peanut butter do the palate-pleasing, the banana and Greek yogurt add solid nutritional elements in the form of protein and potassium.
Calories per serving: 147
Ingredients (serves 2):
4 beets – cooked and peeled
2 cups unsweetened coconut water
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 lime – juiced
Beets and strawberries are known for their health benefits. They cut fat by default. The only issue with making this smoothie is that the beets need to be peeled and cooked beforehand. Otherwise, this is a perfect pre-workout drink, since the nitrate in beets have been proven to help people exercise for 16% longer periods.
Keep in mind
The calorie count for these diet smoothies have been calculated accounting for low-fat ingredients like Greek yogurt, unsweetened coconut milk, low fat milk, natural peanut butter, palm sugar and so on. When regular products are used instead, the calorie content will inevitably go up by a 100 or so calories.
Individual results may vary
Are you ready to start on the Optifast Core Program?
Success cannot be achieved without motivation, a positive attitude and clear goals. At the Peel Weight Loss Clinic Clinic we want you to succeed on Optifast. Your success motivates and energizes us. We also understand that we can provide you with some tools, but true success comes from within. If you are serious about losing weight and keeping the weight off, we want to be your partner in this journey.
The questionnaire below can help you gauge whether you are ready for the OPTIFAST CORE Program. If you complete the test, please let us know during your initial assessment:
Compared to previous attempts, how motivated to lose weight are you this time?
- Not at all motivated
- Slightly motivated
- Somewhat motivated
- Quite motivated
- Extremely motivated
How certain are you that you will stay committed to a weight loss program for the time it will take you to reach your goal?
- Not at all certain
- Slightly certain
- Somewhat certain
- Quite certain
- Extremely certain
Consider all outside factors at this time in your life (the stress you’re feeling at work, your family obligations, etc.). To what extent can you tolerate the effort required to stick to a diet?
- Cannot tolerate
- Can tolerate somewhat
- Can tolerate well
- Can tolerate easily
Think honestly about how much weight you hope to lose and how quickly you hope to lose it. Figuring a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week, how realistic is your expectation?
- Very unrealistic
- Somewhat unrealistic
- Moderately unrealistic
- Somewhat realistic
- Very realistic
While dieting, do you fantasize about eating a lot of your favorite foods?
While dieting, do you feel deprived, angry and/or upset?
Tally up your score and see the scoring system below:
If you scored:
6 to 16:
This may not be a good time for you to start a weight loss program. Inadequate motivation and commitment together with unrealistic goals could block your progress. Think about those things that contribute to this, and consider changing them before undertaking a diet program.
17 to 23:
You may be close to being ready to begin a program but should think about ways to boost your preparedness before you begin. Please contact us an arrange an assessment with one of our team members.
24 to 30:
The path is clear with respect to goals and attitudes. We would love to partner with you and get you started on the Optifast Core Program at PWL
The Diet Readiness Test and the General Well-Being Schedule.” Institute of Medicine. Weighing the Options: Criteria for Evaluating Weight-Management Programs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1995. doi:10.17226/4756.