6 ingredients to look for in the best weight loss shakes

When you’re controlling your weight, it can seem like a lot is going against you. Information on the internet is largely conflicting and despite what companies claim, there is no one size fits all solution to weight loss as weight can be gained and maintained for a variety of reasons. The following aims to share a little bit of research-backed knowledge about ingredients you can include in weight loss shakes. Of course, everyone’s body is different. If you experience an adverse or uncomfortable reaction to certain ingredients, listen to your body and avoid them. Your body is a great thing, and it’s constantly sending you messages about what it wants and needs. You just have to listen.

Filtered water

Most shakes have a liquid base or element in them, even if it’s just a squirt to get the right consistency or mix the ingredients more smoothly. In this regard, you need to understand that not all water is created equal. Most of the water that comes out of the tap is filled with microplastics, harsh detergents like chlorine that’s supposed to kill bacteria (as you might expect, this has serious effects on gut bacteria, and it’s related to digestion and weight). Contaminants that are the result of birth control and other prescription drugs finding their way into water supplies. Both microplastics and medications have a negative effect on your endocrine system, and since hormones are an important part of appetite and maintaining or losing weight, this should worry you. Find a quality water filter that catches microplastics and other contaminants, and filter your water before adding it to your shakes and smoothies.

Carefully selected dairy products and milk alternatives

Sticking with the liquid portion of a shake for a moment, it’s important to understand that there are two major issues that can arise when using dairy products (either in milk or yogurt form) or milk alternatives such as soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, or vegan dairy products. When it comes to real dairy, you need to understand that conventionally raised dairy animals are pumped full of hormones to increase their performance, and these hormones are still present in the dairy and wreaking havoc on your hormonal balance when you consume it. This, too, can lead to weight gain or weight maintenance, as well as a handful of ailments, including mood swings and poor sleep.

When it comes to milk alternatives, you are also confused. Most of them either contain large amounts of sugar, alternative sweeteners that have been shown to promote weight gain, or chemicals that contribute to a host of other health problems.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to skip a milk or milk-mimicking component. There are high-quality organic dairy products that are excellent additions to weight loss shakes and there are whole-food milk alternatives with minimal ingredients, but you have to look for them. You want a dairy alternative that has fewer than five ingredients, and of those ingredients, all are things that you understand are real foods in the world.

spices and herbs

One of the unsung heroes of weight loss is spices and herbs. Similar to finding natural ingredients that promote an efficient metabolism, increase energy levels, and reduce food cravings in diet pills, herbs and spices like turmeric make wonderful additions to shakes designed to help you lose weight. They also add a ton of flavor and can quickly make your shakes a part of your day to look forward to.

Feel free to experiment and find the right flavors for the smoothies and shakes you love to make. Some herbs that have a positive impact on weight are fenugreek, cayenne pepper, ginger, oregano, cardamom, ginseng, black pepper, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon. You can choose to sprinkle smaller amounts that can’t be tasted, or larger amounts for a stronger flavor.

coconut

coconut

Coconuts contain medium-chain fatty acids. This is a type of healthy fat that your body can easily burn for energy. Fats are a critical component of balancing hormones, and this makes coconut a great ingredient for weight loss shakes. You can add it in the form of coconut oil, coconut milk (again, check for sugar and other additives), or raw coconut chunks. The flavor also adds a festive, tropical feel to shakes or smoothies that many people love.

Germinated seeds

Good sources of fiber are a key component in losing weight. However, many fiber sources are high in natural sugars or high in carbohydrates, which may not always be what you want when trying to lose weight. An excellent source of fiber without a ton of carbs or sugar is sprouted seeds like hemp seed, chia seed, and flaxseed. They’re also high in protein and omega-3 fats, which are associated with an efficient metabolism. Eating enough protein is also a big factor in ensuring your body has the right amount of ghrelin (the hunger hormone). When calorie intake is too restricted or has been in the past, ghrelin levels rise, which can lead to overeating or cravings.

Detox Fruit

Every day people are exposed to toxic pollutants from their environment, including preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, fragrances and more. Toxic overload is a serious problem for your overall health. Symptoms of toxic overload include cravings, constipation, belly fat, mood swings, gas, bad breath, gas, lack of energy, headaches, skin problems, fatigue, nausea, and pain. When you add something that helps with detoxification, you aid in digestion and weight loss, reduce inflammation, increase energy, cleanse the liver and promote healthier skin. Some examples are cucumber, lemon, lime, grapefruit, raspberries, strawberries, mint, ginger, rosemary, dandelion, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, or watermelon. If you wish, you can infuse filtered water with these overnight and then use them in your shake.

The list above is designed to help you incorporate healthy, weight-loss-promoting ingredients into your shakes, smoothies, and juices. Again, it’s important to listen to your body throughout the weight loss process to make sure you’re not overloading the body (remember stress is a hormone and too much of it leads to hormone imbalance and, as mentioned above, to this affects weight, appetite and many other health indicators). If you’re so inclined, why not keep a journal of what you’ve eaten and how you’re feeling throughout your weight loss journey? Very quickly you will begin to notice patterns and you will find it much easier to eat healthier foods as you become aware of how energized and cheerful it makes you feel.

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