As I was measuring one of my Slim & Strong clients this week, she noted how she felt great, but had hoped to lose more weight. I had her recite her food diary to see what part of her diet was to blame. She told me about her breakfast smoothie, which she thought was ‘healthy’. While it may be healthy in terms of the nutrients it has, it may not be a fat loss smoothie. I told her to add up the nutrition for all her ingredients and then let me know if she thought it was a fat loss or fat storage food. Here’s what she came up with:
“Ariane, thanks so much for kicking my butt and helping me jump start the changes I want to make for a healthier body and lifestyle! I’ve done my homework below.
Turns out my smoothie I made with coconut milk, coconut water, banana, peanut butter and protein powder is really not a fat loss food :/
1/4 cup of lite coconut milk
3.5 sat fat
Sugar and protein: less than 1g each
2 tbls peanut/almond butter
16g of fat!
2.4g sat fat!
1/2 cup coconut water
1 scoop of protein powder
1g sat fat
I dread the total:
8g sat fat
Why does that look like a bacon cheeseburger? Ugh. This was a very helpful exercise. Maybe this should be my once a month cheat.”
Well, it turns out she was drinking a breakfast smoothie that actually does compare to a bacon cheeseburger. The cheeseburger is even better on sugar and carbs than the smoothie! Here are the nutrients for that:
Fat: 33 g
Keep in mind that just because a food is considered ‘healthy’, such as fruit, nuts, nut butters, and grains, it doesn’t mean it is a fat loss food. Quite the contrary is true. The more sugar and starch you eat, the fatter and unhealthier you’ll get. Now, check out some delicious detox smoothie recipes that will get you lean, energized and satiated.