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Is Your Smoothie Sabotaging Your Results?
Smoothies are refreshing and delicious, especially during the heat of summer. But, unfortunately, most smoothies are made to be ultra fattening, and could be slowing down or even reversing your fitness results.

If the thought of having a smoothie derail your health train is upsetting, read on to find out whether your smoothie is working against instead of for you.

I would like to say that eating the whole fruit is a better strategy for weight loss than a smoothie. However, I know that smoothies might be the easiest and most convenient way to eat fruits and vegetables.

Does It Have Fruit Juice?

If your smoothie relies on fruit juices to give it some added punch, your smoothie may not be as healthy as you think. Since fruit juice is often jam-packed with flavor-enhancing sugars, you’d be smart to keep fruit juice well away from your morning pick-me-up. Have a killer recipe that can’t do without fruit juice of some sort? No problem. Just be sure to pick all-natural homemade squeezed fruit juice or coconut water. The best way to make sure your fruit juice is nothing but fruit juice is to squeeze it yourself, so start squeezing!

Do You Have to Add Sugar?

For the same reason you don’t want a smoothie with store-bought sugar-laden fruit juice, you want to sidestep any smoothie that requires you to toss extra teaspoons of sugar in. The fruit you add to your smoothie should have plenty of sugar to give it the sweetness you desire. Anything else is excessive and will serve to slow you down and encourage fat storage.

Do You Toss in Yogurt?

Lets get this out of the way now. Yogurt and other dairy products are not health promoting. I know that the mainstream media (and all of the advertising of the milk industry) leads you to believe otherwise. Dairy is associated with many diseases including cancer. Our bodies aren't designed to drink babies milk. Milk is the perfect food for babies, not adults.

Is It Super Sized?

No matter what healthy ingredients you shove into your smoothie, it can still sabotage your weight and health goals if you can’t stop eating it. Before you serve yourself a 48-ounce smoothie, consider your weight goals and split your morning smoothie into appropriate portions. Drink down one portion in the morning and save the rest for a small afternoon snack or finish it off the next morning. Either way, avoiding an oversized smoothie will keep your smoothie from ruining your diet.

Do You Ever Color It Green?

While fruit smoothies are incredibly delicious, it’s a great idea to switch it up by making a veggie smoothie on occasion. Going green the majority of the time is even better! The deep green color is sure to give you some vitamins and minerals that your body is likely missing, and skipping the fruit on occasion will remind your taste buds that good things don’t always have to be sweet.

Does It Contain Ice Cream?

Okay, this may sound like a joke, but if your smoothie contains three scoops of ice cream, a squirt of chocolate syrup, and a cup or two of milk, you’re not drinking a smoothie. It’s a milk shake. And it will not get your day or diet off on the right foot.

Before you laugh too loudly, you should know that some people think that anything cold and creamy that comes out of blender is a smoothie. So if you’re lounging at a friend’s house and he or she offers you a delicious homemade smoothie, ask what’s in it before accepting!

When it comes to fat loss, eating clean is half of the battle. The other half is all about effective, challenging and consistent exercise.

Begin right now by calling or emailing me to get started on an exercise program that will turn you into a fat burning machine!

Congratulations to Claudia Fath for being chosen as June student-of-the month!

Claudia has been in The Boot Camp Girl program for almost 2 years. In those 2 years Claudia has become extremely fit. Most recently she passed level 3 Fitranx which is a test that measures muscular strength (upper, lower and core), cardiovascular conditioning and endurance. Through the program she has lost weight, and had some very impressive fitness accomplishments like holding a 12 minute plank (on her toes)!

I chose Claudia as student-of-the-month not solely because of her fitness accomplishments but also because of her support of other students. Last year she came out to cheer on students participating in the Baltimore Running Festival as well as coming out to cheer on students doing Fitranx testing. She is always very welcoming and supportive to other students during the workouts as well.

Thanks for setting such a great example Claudia!

If you're not sure if you know Claudia, click HERE for the testimonial video that she did last year.


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