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How Power Smoothies Promote Weight Loss



They reduce your urge to eat!
Especially if you make your own smoothies. Homemade fruit smoothies are packed with ingredients proven to keep you full for hours: fiber from whole fruits, soy or whey protein, essential fats, wholesome yogurt, etc.

They get the fastest results!
Scientists from the New York Obesity Research Center found that people who used GNC's soy-based shakes lost three times more weight than those who consumed the same amount of calories eating regular food. 

In a three-month trial, test subjects lost weight five times faster on Kashi's GoLean Meal Replacement Plan than those following a traditional low-calorie meal.

Similarly, the Journal of the American Dietetic Assoc. showed that those who followed the Slim-Fast plan lost almost twice as much weight over 12 weeks as those on a traditional diet with the same number of calories.

They are a metabolism boosting breakfast!

Experts say that your morning meal can play a key role in your weight loss efforts by helping to curb your mid-morning and afternoon appetite. Food choices at breakfast time can determine your blood sugar levels for the rest of the day.

A study at the Harvard University* determined blood sugar levels for six hours after meals high in carbohydrate, fat or protein were eaten. In the high-carbohydrate meal, the blood-sugar levels rose rapidly but fell to an extremely low level causing fatigue and inefficiency. However, after the high-protein meal was consumed, the metabolism rose faster 
and the blood sugar levels stayed high the entire six hours.

Similar studies show when there is a combination of carbohydrate, protein and fat, which slow digestion, the sugar is gradually absorbed into the blood. The result is a higher level of energy for many hours and lower fat-making insulin levels.

A protein-rich fruit smoothie with added oil or wheat germ, is an excellent combination of carbohydrate, protein and fat.


"The processed food industry loads fat, sugar and salt into their products because they are cheap. They use chemicals to change these cheap, raw materials into brightly-colored, tasty products with a long shelf life. Food producers buy the cheapest raw materials, manufacture the product as quickly as possible, then sell it for the highest price.  Good business sense, but, what is lost in the manufacturing is quality."

"Dyes, bleaches, antioxidants, preservatives, chemical flavors, buffers, noxious sprays, alkalizers, acidifiers, deodorants, moisteners, drying agents, expanders, modifiers, emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners, clarifiers, disinfectants, defoliants, fungicides, neutralizers, anticaking and antifoaming agents, hydrolyzers, hydrogenators, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic hormones, antibiotics, steroids and four thousand other drugs that just make your mouth water with anticipation.

They find their way into the human food chain and become the raw materials for every cell of your body. They disrupt the natural chemistry resulting in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, allergies, diverticulitis, emphysema, stomach ulcers, premature aging, impotence, hypoglycemia and arthritis.

These countless diseases exist because chemically-synthesized substances disrupt the bio-chemistry of hundreds of billions of microscopic living cells which make up the body."

North Americans eat way too much fat, way too much sugar, and way too much processed food. 


If you are in the bad habit of eating excessive portions of starchy, sugary, high-fat processed foods on a daily basis, keep in mind these wise words by John Boyle O'Reilly:


"How shall I a habit break?
As you did that habit make.
As you gathered, you must lose;
As you yielded, now refuse.
Thread by thread, the strands we twist,
Till they bind us neck and wrist.
Thread by thread, the patient hand,
Must untwine ere free we stand."


Always check with your doctor before beginning a new diet plan.


Start the day with a metabolism-boosting protein-rich fruit smoothie. If you are in a hurry, a high-quality commercial shake powder will do, but we recommend that you make your own protein fruit smoothies at home. They can be prepared the night before and put in the freezer.

Homemade fruit smoothies have the advantage because they are healthier and offer a fat-burning, hunger-blasting balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. The blend of nutrients helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady for hours.

Free fruit smoothie recipes on this site:
fruit smoothies


Serving of whole fruit (see below for whole fruit ideas)
10-oz homemade fruit juice or homemade vegetable juice

Free fruit juice recipes on this site: 
fruit juice recipes


A metabolism-boosting protein-rich fruit smoothie.


Serving of whole fruit (see below for whole fruit ideas)
10-oz homemade fruit juice or homemade vegetable juice


Design your own main course around a variety of delicious healthy foods. We've provided some sample ideas below. 

You can begin your meal with a crunchy salad or hearty vegetable soup, then munch on satisfying vegetables drizzed with olive oil or butter, a serving of protein and a serving of carbs. 

Aim for 500 - 600 calories during supper. A frozen dinner will do if you're in a hurry or too tired to cook. Choosing a dinner that is not built around noodles or rice is your best choice.


Grains and Carbohydrates
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, brown rice, whole-
grain bread products, legumes, whole-grain pasta, cereals, 
corn, etc.

Non-starchy Vegetables
Beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, summer squash, cabbage, 
cauliflower, brussels sprouts, green corn, green peas, string 
beans, asparagus, onions, egg plant, salsify, okra, kohlrabi, 
endive, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, chard, spinach, 
dandelion, and all plants used as greens, etc.

Lean beef and pork, turkey, chicken, fish, seafood, dairy 
products, soy products, lamb, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc.


all varieties of leafy greens such as romaine, endive, spinach
cabbage, shredded
mushrooms, sliced
carrots, grated or sliced
bell peppers, all colors
zucchini, grated
green beans, finely sliced
tomatoes, all varieties, chopped
cucumbers, sliced
sprouts, all kinds
beets, grated
celery, sliced


apples, pears, persimmons, lychee, star fruit, plums, peaches, 
grapes, nectarines, melons, cherries, citrus fruit, 
pomegranates, quinces, pineapples, berries, ugli fruit, 
apricots, fresh whole figs, mangos, papaya, etc.

Some of information in this plan is based on the interviews 
conducted by Woman's World and conclusions drawn 
by the magazine.

April 4, 2001 Press Release titled: Scan Diet clinically 
proven effective for weight loss and cholesterol reduction.

*Harvard study: G.W. Thorn, J.T. Quinby and M. Clinton,
Jr. "A Comparison of the Metabolic Effects of Isocaloric
Meals of Varying Compositions with Special Reference
to the Prevention of Postprandial Hypoglycemic Symptoms,
"Annals of Internal Medicine, XVIII 1943.

Quotes come from the North American Diet.


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Why do people experience incredible weight loss on a juice fast?

Before that question can be answered, we have to understand what ‘juice fasting’ is about.

Juice fasting is about abstaining from solid food, for a period of time, while supplying your body with the most nutritious drinks on this planet. By providing essential vitamins and minerals, the juice can actually jump-start the body’s fat-burning mechanisms. One glass of freshly-made fruit or vegetable juice provides you with the equivalent vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and chlorophyll you would get by eating several pounds of raw fruits and vegetables.

Most of us have heard how thousands are losing up to 10 pounds in 2 days on the best-selling Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet in which you simply juice fast on bottled (dead) juice for 2 days. Well, juice fasting is a healthier version of the Hollywood Diet because you can fast longer than 2 days while supplying your body with live enzymes and nutrient-rich fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

Dr. Shelton, a great advocate of fasting, wrote "The weight lost by overweight patients in the early days of a fast is astounding. I have seen losses of five and six pounds a day for the first few days. A woman who fasted in the Health School in January and February of 1950 lost twenty-five pounds in the first two weeks.

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