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Are Smoothies Helpful in Losing Weight?

 

Smoothies are among the most convenient meals and snacks to make, since a blender does almost all the work for you. They're also tasty, refreshing and portable. However, not all smoothies are healthy or conducive to weight loss. A smoothie can't make you shed pounds on its own, but if you use it as a meal replacement and maintain a diet of other nutritious foods, you'll be more likely to notice positive results.

The healthiest smoothies traditionally feature fresh or frozen fruit. The MyPyramid website notes that eating more fruit can help you lower your calorie intake and lose weight; it can also reduce risks of chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease, kidney stones, bone loss, stroke and cancer. Nutritionally, the essential vitamins and minerals present in healthy smoothies from ingredients such as fruit and low-fat yogurt may help control your appetite and cut down on cravings for other, unhealthier foods, further aiding in weight loss.

Smoothies, however, aren't a magic solution for weight loss. MayoClinic.com registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky points out that if you replace too many meals with smoothies, you may begin to miss out on the beneficial nutrients that whole foods can offer, which can lead to nutrient deficiencies, fatigue or other negative health effects. The type of smoothie you choose to drink also matters.