The Benefits of Drinking Your Meal to Lose Weight

Learn how you can shake up your weight loss routine with blended drinks.

The Benefits of Drinking Your Meal to Lose Weight

Did you know that with the right ingredients you can consume the same vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals in liquid form as you can in a solid meal? Read on to find out how meal replacement shakes and smoothies work, and if they can help you on your path to weight loss.

They’re Easy to Make -- and Customizable!

Anyone can make a shake or a smoothie in no time at all, but what’s important is that you pack it with the necessary ingredients to make it healthy. Some fundamentals to remember is to include a protein source – whether it’s whey, soy, or plant-based – add in a fruit or vegetable rich in a vitamin or nutrient you need, and throw in some of your favorite flavors, be it a sweet like chocolate or a fruity like mango, to finish it off.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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