When it comes to weight loss, some favors smoothies, while a lot of people insist on juicing. And so smoothies vs juicing debate continues.
To actually find which is better for weight loss let’s first do some fact checks for both juicing and blending and then I will give you a strategy that works best.
Juice Vs Smoothie Facts
While juicing, everything is removed except the juice of the fruit or vegetable. In other words, the fibrous materials which bulk up the smoothie are removed in juicing. Fruit or Vegetable juice is more nutrient-dense as they hold more nutrients in a concentrated amount.
So it takes more fruits and vegetables to make a glass of juice than it does to make a glass of smoothie.
What more, vegetable juices which are quite high in nutrients, provides a great way to cleanse and detox your body which is a necessary step to lose stubborn fat from the body.
Also, veggie juice helps to decrease appetite and even suppress cravings for high calorie, sugar-filled junk foods.
On the other hand, when blended, the smoothie that is formed contains all the fibrous material, making it a thick liquid which by the way, is great for making you feel fuller and helps in bowel movement.
The fiber in smoothie enables nutrients to be gradually and evenly released into the bloodstream, which prevents spikes in blood sugar level.
If you exercise, a smoothie will provide you more energy, for a calorie-burning workout than a juice.
So Juice or Smoothie: Which is Better for Weight Loss?
Frankly speaking, both juice and smoothie can be used as a weight loss strategy and good health.
For example, let’s consider this simple weight loss juice recipe: Let’s say you juice two carrots (great source of Vitamin A), one large apple (low in calorie high in fiber), and fresh ginger (enhances calorie burn). That itself is a yummy recipe.
But now say you blend in 15-ounce pineapple chunks (low in calorie and high in minerals), and an avocado (contains healthy fat). What you get is a wonderful juice/smoothie blend that’s much more nutritious than either the juice or the smoothie would’ve been by itself.
At the same time, it will be heavier and you will feel less hungry and may altogether skip a meal helping you to consume less calorie for weight loss.
Whether you prefer juices or smoothies, keep in mind that can end up containing more calories than you want on a weight loss diet. So whether you want to juice or consume as smoothie be smart to watch the calories.
It’s better to stick to juicing the veggies like ginger, garlic, onion, cabbage and at the same time take advantage of the fiber content of smoothies by blending in low-calorie, high-fiber fruits as well as probiotic-rich food like yogurt, and coconut oil which helps in fat loss.
Since we need to consume enough fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis, both smoothies and juicing help us to meet our daily nutrition requirement and as well as help to lose weight if taken strategically as explained above.