The last time I saw myself in the mirror, I couldn’t see myself completely (I was too large for the mirror).
LOL. Sounds funny, doesn’t it?
Well, no. It actually sounds scary.
If it would need half a dozen fire-fighters and a fire-truck to haul me from one corner of my room to the other, I better do something about it right away.
And the same applies to you too.
If you are wondering what could be that one smoothie (apart from exercising, obviously) that can give you a flat belly, then congratulations – you have come to the right place!
Go ahead with the post – you will thank me in the end.
- Almond butter, 1 tablespoon
- Nonfat Greek yogurt, 3 ounces
- Frozen blueberries and frozen pineapple, ½ a cup
- Kale, 1 cup
- Water, ¾ cup
- Take all the ingredients, and add them to a blender.
- Mix them until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into a glass tumbler and enjoy!
Nice. But How Will This Work?
A good question. Of course, I can flick a random recipe from any of the billion sites on the internet and paste it here. But then, what is the guarantee that this recipe will work?
That’s why I have come prepared (with facts, studies, and other stuff). Here is what research has to tell about each of the main ingredients in the smoothie. And guess what – the research states some pretty cool things.
According to a study, an almond-enriched diet showed significant weight loss and improvement in lipid profiles in the participants (1).
According to the findings from various studies presented at the American Society of Nutrition’s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting, almonds can aid weight loss and also improve cardiovascular health (2).
[ Recommended Read: How To Use Almonds for Weight Loss ]
Also, as per the findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adding about 1.5 ounces of almonds to your diet each day can help curb your appetite.
Would you like to learn a low calorie recipe for weight loss? Then watch this video.
1. Greek Yogurt
I don’t know why they call it Greek yogurt, but people from any part of the world (who want to lose weight) can eat it. Also, this is a wonderful replacement for regular yogurt, as it contains double the protein but the same amount of calories (3).
As per a study conducted by the University of Missouri, an afternoon snack of Greek yogurt can reduce hunger and increase fullness, thereby delaying subsequent eating and aiding weight loss (4).
If you are looking for an easy video tutorial to make yogurt smoothie that is light and low in calories, then watch this.
2. Blueberries And Pineapple
Now, who doesn’t love blueberries or pineapples? And when they come with weight-loss benefits, can anybody ask for more!
Research conducted by the Experimental Biology Convention in New Orleans has proved that blueberries can help reduce abdominal fat (5). The fruits can also lower triglycerides and cholesterol, and improve insulin sensitivity – all of which are measures of how well the body can process glucose for energy.
Another study conducted by the Texas Woman’s University has shown that blueberries have the amazing ability to slow down the process in which a normal cell turns into a fat-storing cell (6). This is due to the presence of plant polyphenols in blueberries.
Coming to pineapple, it is an anti-inflammatory super food. Hence, it helps reduce swelling and gives you a flatter belly.
[ Recommended Read: How Does Pineapple Help In Weight Loss? ]
Are you are looking at a nutritious smoothie for breakfast? Then the blueberry smoothie is the right choice for you. Watch this video to learn how to make it.
If you are eating kale, you are eating one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Period.
Kale is low in calories and has a high water content, and hence has low energy density. According to studies conducted by The Pennsylvania State University, foods with a low energy density can aid weight loss (7), (8).
Kale also contains a good amount of dietary fiber, which is known to suppress hunger.
[ Recommended Read: 13 Amazing Health Benefits Of Kale ]
I hope (and believe) this post will put a stop to your seemingly never-ending smoothie search. Prepare for the weight loss today, and take the first step to a flat belly!