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June 20, 2012 7:00 PM
I made a bunch of these: http://www.muffintinmania.com/2011/07/green-smoothie-cups.html

For a while, I followed a juice fast of just the "mean green" juice from the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" except I didn't really drink enough to stay full. I was too weak to keep at it for more than a week, but did notice that I lost like 7 pounds that week. The guy in the documentary lost over 30 pounds I think by drinking nothing but juice for a whole month, and then gradually introduced a veggie based diet after 3 months. He lost a lot of weight. (he did this diet under the supervision of his physician and went in for regular checkups)

I'd recommend that documentary - it's really interesting!
Edited by merisendabills On June 20, 2012 7:03 PM
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June 20, 2012 7:00 PM
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I usually have a green smoothie for breakfast and it will send me to the bathroom within a few hours so it works in that respect wink


This ^^^^^^
A smoothie for constipation and all I can say it works.... carrots, 1 apple, 1 celery ,beet can be added also
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June 20, 2012 7:07 PM
Drink a Premier Nutrition shake from Costo. 30 grams of protein. That's THIRTY!!!! 164 calories, 11 ounces. Keeps you going for hours, and comes in either chocolate or vanilla. Located usually by the pharmacy. (My doctor prescribed this, and it has been a life saver for me, because I don't eat much meat).
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June 20, 2012 8:23 PM
Oh, I'll look for those Costco shakes.

I actually cut down my smoothie intake when dieting. I have trouble making them low calorie enough. I find it pretty easy to make a 400-500 calories smoothie, so then I have to drink half, and it doesn't always feel very meal-like. But I like them to get spinach in because I don't eat a ton of leafy greens sometimes.
June 20, 2012 8:25 PM
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If I were you and was giong to do a meal replacement I'd probably substitute dinner and your physical meals be breakfast and/or lunch. That way you are getting the most calories you need when you need them most for energy to get you thru the day.


It really doesn't matter when you eat your calories unless you have a personal preference.
June 20, 2012 8:34 PM
I make green smoothies from my vitamix recipe book and they are delicious. I am currently doing the Ultimate Reset from Beachbody and have lost 10.4 pounds in 18 days. My daughter is 18, started at 139 to support me and lost 12 pounds! I wasn't really hungry on it but it is very difficult to do in that it is all fresh foods you buy and cook and the last two weeks are vegan and there are a ton of supplements. We have 4 days to go. It is an alkalizing cleanse/detox/reset that is designed to reset your metabolism. I basically signed up for it because I am a coach and I wanted to know what it was about if people asked me about it, and I have to say that I am very pleasantly surprised at the results. But it is quite difficult to do and the purpose is to improve you health by eating fresh whole foods and they are tasty and filling but this week it is tough getting enough calories. It really isn't a weight loss thing but we lost weight and we weren't hungry because whole foods don't have alot of calories and they are filling. Here is the site if you are interested. www.myultimatereset.com/diannejean. I hope I am allowed to post that. You just seemed to really need suggestions so I will take a chance. Good luck with whatever you choose. I do believe that it is a combo of diet and exercise. I also went cold turkey off a big coffee habit and that might have contributed to my weight loss because caffiene is supposed to hold on to fat.
June 20, 2012 9:00 PM
Caffeine holds on to fat? Is that why it's constantly sold as a weight loss supplement?


A green smoothie won't help with weight loss. A calorie deficit will.
Edited by tigersword On June 20, 2012 9:01 PM
June 21, 2012 9:56 AM
Thanks again for all the great support from everyone who has been positive and had really great tips :) Today was my first day of the smoothies, and I feel really great. Not even hungry, which is surprising - I'm always hungry! lol I'm going to eventually switch around my recipe for it, just to try new things. I liked everyone's ideas for different powders and ingredients to try. (Ginger? Who'd have thought!) :D
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June 21, 2012 10:07 AM
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I don't think you're going to lose more weight having green smoothies. Just a good way to get your nutrients from your greens.


Exactly. When the original poster asks, "Do they work?" Work for what? Smoothies are a food item and no different than eating each component separately. Log it like you would every other calorie. Smoothies will help you lose weight faster as much as eating yogurt will. Or chicken. Or salads. You get the drift. The only thing that will help you lose weight is eating in a calorie deficit and increasing muscle. However, green smoothies are an excellent way to get some extra vegetables in your diet.
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November 25, 2012 3:40 AM
Since I posted this - what with busy-ness at work and school and the like, I'd actually stopped using the site for awhile. I'm back now, and happy to say the 2-3 weeks I used the smoothies continuously I really felt really great. Can't believe I got out of the habit of drinking them in the mornings. I understand, they are just as good as the individual ingredients you put in them - I'm not looking for some miracle "cure" or anything for weight loss. That takes hard work and change. ;) Was more looking for some boost to what I was already doing.

I'm sure it was at least partly the spinach leaves I put in it, but regardless, whatever it was, it was helping. Planning on putting these back in my diet this week ASAP, as soon as I pick up the items at the store again on Monday. Loved them!! Helped with excess hunger through the day, too, which to me was fantastic. Took all of 5 minutes when I woke up to make, and after that I felt like a million bucks the rest of the day. Somehow they motivated me to "stick with" my healthy eating the rest of the day. If it helped that? They are worth it to me! =D
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November 25, 2012 3:48 AM
Not sure if it helps me lose weight BUT... I know it makes my skin smooth as silk. It keeps me hydrated and I have not had so much as a sniffle since starting.

My recipe.

1 scoop Swansons Green Max Powder It has spirullina and broken cell wall chlorella (Blue green alge)
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp Hersheys dark cocoa powder
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp potassium gluconate ( i am always low in potassium)
1 cup unsweetened Almond milk
A splash of coffee


Looks like baby poop. Doesn't taste much better. BUT.. It fuels my long workouts and keeps me full through lunch.
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November 25, 2012 4:05 AM
I drink smoothies for breakfast about 4 out of 7 mornings. To help keep me full, I add a 1/4 c of old fashioned oat meal. It adds a great creamy texture to it too. I do not use any milk or yogurt generally, but make mine with ice, water, chia, fresh or frozen fruit, spinach, flax, and wheat germ. YUM!
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November 30, 2012 11:16 PM
QUOTE:

Not sure if it helps me lose weight BUT... I know it makes my skin smooth as silk. It keeps me hydrated and I have not had so much as a sniffle since starting.

My recipe.

1 scoop Swansons Green Max Powder It has spirullina and broken cell wall chlorella (Blue green alge)
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp Hersheys dark cocoa powder
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp potassium gluconate ( i am always low in potassium)
1 cup unsweetened Almond milk
A splash of coffee


Looks like baby poop. Doesn't taste much better. BUT.. It fuels my long workouts and keeps me full through lunch.


That sounds great, actually. I'll have to try that out sometime.
  17859612
November 30, 2012 11:17 PM
QUOTE:

I drink smoothies for breakfast about 4 out of 7 mornings. To help keep me full, I add a 1/4 c of old fashioned oat meal. It adds a great creamy texture to it too. I do not use any milk or yogurt generally, but make mine with ice, water, chia, fresh or frozen fruit, spinach, flax, and wheat germ. YUM!


When you use oatmeal is it...just like, uncooked? Sorry if that was a dumb question, I just don't know about that part. ;)

I'll have to check this Chia stuff out that I keep hearing about!
  17859612
February 7, 2014 2:13 AM
I think it's the simplicity of green smoothies that makes it a great addition to my diet. Mine tend to top out at around 300 cals. I'm rubbish at eating lunch when I'm at work, so a big green smoothie made the night before, put it into a big jar and then store it in the fridge at work - works perfectly for my lunch.

I don't think it's made my weight loss any faster, but it's made eating all my fruit & vegetables less of a chore (I get so bored of fruit, I could eat vegetables all day but fruit is such a struggle for me) and it's negated the problem I had about lunches, so i'm less likely to eat junk at work.

I have found they improved my energy, my sugar cravings are near non-existent for the first time ever and people do comment on my complexion a lot now, I look a lot healthier!
  6670097
February 7, 2014 5:13 AM
If you are taking in limit then everything is fine. But if you are eating limitless, you will definitely gain your weight.
April 8, 2014 1:09 PM
Green smoothies are awesome !!! i have been drinkinng them now every morning for almost over a month my first couple of pounds lost were from drinking green smoothies 😋... if you like to get your self started join a 30 day challenge.thats what i did when i first started .they are the best because they give support as well as recipes and great information on what to eat what not to eat and how to make delicious green smoothies . simplegreensmoothies.com and incrediblegreensmoothies.com are awesome websites for begginers .. happy drinking .. and good luck in your path to healthy 😉
April 8, 2014 3:03 PM
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I don't think green smoothies are going to make you lose weight any faster than just eating yogurt, spinach, and fruit separately. I actually find I don't really like smoothies for weight loss purposes, because my mind processes it as a drink and therefore as no filling, meaning it leaves me still hungry. I eat smoothies mainly when I need a boost in calories (like after a long run) or when I want something fast. Other than that, there aren't really any advantages to them other than maybe disguising the taste of the vegetables you might not like.


I agree. Green smoothies are just food. If you put good stuff in, the smoothie will be good for you, but I find it more satisfying to eat all the veggies and fruit in a huge salad. Then again, smoothies are a good way to add protein powder, chia, flax and hemp seeds.

If you look at my diary you'll see that some days, like today, most of my food is in the form of smoothies. That's not because smoothies are better or help you lose weight, but because they're convenient. I can spend my 30 minute lunch break walking and then drink my lunch afterward at my desk without anyone complaining.

Note: My smoothies aren't low-cal. I think today's lunch smoothie was over 850 calories.
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April 8, 2014 3:33 PM
I use green smoothies to get my daily does of veggies and protein. Plus they tend to keep me full longer than most meals, so if I know I'm not going to be eating for awhile (road trips, whatever), it's a great way to stay full and satisfied. As for losing weight, not sure it helps me much in that respect since my smoothies tend to be 350 to 700 calories! LOL
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April 8, 2014 4:35 PM
These recipes sound great. Do I need a special juicer or will my typical blender and/or food processor work?
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April 8, 2014 4:41 PM
No special food or smoothie is "good for weight loss" or "works". The only thing that works is a calorie deficit. If people have lost weight taking green smoothies, it is only because they encourage you to eat less by being filling, thus creating the deficit.
April 8, 2014 4:42 PM
For reducing calories: I like to blend up a large amount of kale and/or spinach, cucumber with a small amount of berries and pineapple (bananas are v high calorie), with about 200 mls of coconut water, a little ginger and a squeeze of lemon. A good tip for keeping it weight-loss friendly: green vegies to fruit ratio should be at least 4:1. It's pretty easy when making it this way to keep it under or around 100 cals.
If you use frozen fruit it makes the xmoothie icy and delicious :)
April 8, 2014 4:42 PM
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For reducing calories: I like to blend up a large amount of kale and/or spinach, cucumber with a small amount of berries and pineapple (bananas are v high calorie), with about 200 mls of coconut water, a little ginger and a squeeze of lemon. A good tip for keeping it weight-loss friendly: green vegies to fruit ratio should be at least 4:1. It's pretty easy when making it this way to keep it under or around 100 cals.
If you use frozen fruit it makes the xmoothie icy and delicious :)


Whoops, I meant 100 mls coconut water :)
April 9, 2014 2:13 AM
I usually chuck in some green to my smoothie.. the ones that dont make a difference to the flavour. as i cannot pysically enjoy drinking veg like celery! itmakes me gag! I would rather just eat it the way it is.

My typical smoothie is an apple, bananana, strawberries, grape, kiwi.. You could count the apple grape and kiwi as green, then i just chuck in a handful or 2 of spinach or kale. it makes no difference to the taste but the added nutrition is there. I also use soy/almond/skimmed milk and a bit of water to thin down the thickness!

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