They reduce your urge to eat!
Especially if you make your own smoothies. Homemade fruit smoothies are packed with ingredients proven to keep you full for hours: fiber from whole fruits, whey protein, essential fats, wholesome yogurt, etc.
They get the fastest results!
Scientists from the New York Obesity Research Center found that people who used GNC's soy-based shakes lost three times more weight than those who consumed the same amount of calories eating regular food.
In a three-month trial, test subjects lost weight five times faster on Kashi's GoLean Meal Replacement Plan than those following a traditional low-calorie meal.
Similarly, the Journal of the American Dietetic Assoc. showed that those who followed the Slim-Fast plan lost almost twice as much weight over 12 weeks as those on a traditional diet with the same number of calories.
They are a metabolism boosting breakfast!
Experts say that your morning meal can play a key role in your weight loss efforts by helping to curb your mid-morning and afternoon appetite. Food choices at breakfast time can determine your blood sugar levels for the rest of the day.
A study at the Harvard University* determined blood sugar levels for six hours after meals high in carbohydrate, fat or protein were eaten. In the high-carbohydrate meal, the blood-sugar levels rose rapidly but fell to an extremely low level causing fatigue and inefficiency. However, after the high-protein meal was consumed, the metabolism rose faster
and the blood sugar levels stayed high the entire six hours.
Similar studies show when there is a combination of carbohydrate, protein and fat, which slow digestion, the sugar is gradually absorbed into the blood. The result is a higher level of energy for many hours and lower fat-making insulin levels.
A protein-rich fruit smoothie with added oil or wheat germ, is an excellent combination of carbohydrate, protein and fat.
ABOUT THE TYPICAL NORTH AMERICAN DIET
"The processed food industry loads fat, sugar and salt into their products because they are cheap. They use chemicals to change these cheap, raw materials into brightly-colored, tasty products with a long shelf life. Food producers buy the cheapest raw materials, manufacture the product as quickly as possible, then sell it for the highest price. Good business sense, but, what is lost in the manufacturing is quality."
"Dyes, bleaches, antioxidants, preservatives, chemical flavors, buffers, noxious sprays, alkalizers, acidifiers, deodorants, moisteners, drying agents, expanders, modifiers, emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners, clarifiers, disinfectants, defoliants, fungicides, neutralizers, anticaking and antifoaming agents, hydrolyzers, hydrogenators, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic hormones, antibiotics, steroids and four thousand other drugs that just make your mouth water with anticipation.
They find their way into the human food chain and become the raw materials for every cell of your body. They disrupt the natural chemistry resulting in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, allergies, diverticulitis, emphysema, stomach ulcers, premature aging, impotence, hypoglycemia and arthritis.
These countless diseases exist because chemically-synthesized substances disrupt the bio-chemistry of hundreds of billions of microscopic living cells which make up the body."
North Americans eat way too much fat, way too much sugar, and way too much processed food.
WORDS OF WISDOM
If you are in the bad habit of eating excessive portions of starchy, sugary, high-fat processed foods on a daily basis, keep in mind these wise words by John Boyle O'Reilly:
"How shall I a habit break?
As you did that habit make.
As you gathered, you must lose;
As you yielded, now refuse.
Thread by thread, the strands we twist,
Till they bind us neck and wrist.
Thread by thread, the patient hand,
Must untwine ere free we stand."