Meal replacement smoothies - Good or Bad?

  • Link27

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    Nov 23, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    Recently, at my gym they now how recovery and performance smoothies - I've avoided them because I figured they were probably not "healthy" and full of calories and I wasn't interested.

    I have been working out with a trainer and he recommend I try one after the last session I had with him as I shake a lot after a workout and the sugar was supposed to help me - so I did and I trusted it as he told me it was all natural, no artificial sugars - and it had real fruit in it (no syrup), whey protein powder and a fat burner. The drink was good, but after looking up the company online - the drink had over 300 calories in it - and some are listed as meal replacements - I'm thinking that might not be the best thing for someone trying to lose weight.

    I have no experience with drinking smoothies with protein powder/fat burners - but is this something I should consider as a meal replacement? or post work-out drink? The calories are what really concern me.

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    Nov 23, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    bad. eat food, dood.
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    Nov 23, 2010 5:41 AM GMT
    Hey there is nothing wrong with Calories. Smoothies are a really efficient use of Calories, if made correctly of course they gave give you a lot of nutrients for 300 calories. Think about it two cans of pop are the same amount of calories as one smoothie and think about how many nutrients you are getting in one of these....if made right of course ( which is no juice (small amounts are alright) or sugar added ). These best had before or after a morning workout....it will be your energy for the day!
  • mybud

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    Nov 23, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    Progress saidbad. eat food, dood.


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    Nov 23, 2010 7:31 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]MuchMoreThanMuscle said[/cite]I like to make my own. I will add rice milk (I cannot handle regular cow's milk), an apple, a small chunk of ginger, pure egg protein powder, two tablespoons of almond butter (much tastier and more nutritious than peanut butter) and blenderize it until smooth and drink it down.


    1C rice milk (120 calories)
    1 medium/large apple (65 calories)
    small chunk of ginger (negligible in terms of countable calories)
    4 TBSP worth of pure egg white protein powder (90 calories)
    2 TBSP of almond butter (190 calories)

    This gives me a little over four-hundred and sixty-five calories, tastes great and is not filled with all those chemicals and synthetic sweeteners and other crap.

    Ginger not only makes it taste good but the nutrients in ginger improve digestion and helps the body more utilize ingested protein.

    I usually do this three times a day which helps me to consume 1395 calories in a snap. [/quote

    I am going to try this out, but where did you buy eggwhite protein??
  • gwuinsf

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    Nov 23, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    Progress saidbad. eat food, dood.


    What makes smoothies not a food? It's still eating food, but blended.
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    Nov 23, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
    Smoothie = lots of fruits = lots of fructose = bad

    Fructose, unlike glucose, has to be broken down by your liver and actually helps put on fat. So too much of it is counterproductive.
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    Nov 23, 2010 11:05 PM GMT




    The choice between glucose and fructose can have quite a large effect on your body-fat levels and on your workout performance. Remember: Keep your fructose intake to about 50 grams per day (accomplished by three to six pieces of fruit per day, assuming no other fructose sources are being eaten), and get the rest of your carbohydrates from glucose -- preferably slow-digesting sources. The total intake of those will depend largely on your current body weight, activity level and which type of diet program you are following. The better you get at reading your body and recognizing the signs that you are running low on either fructose or glucose stores, the better you will be at regulating the intake to match your needs.

    the most important thing you need to know about fructose is that your body has limited storage space for it, and once you surpass this limit, your body will start turning any excess into triglycerides. These triglycerides are released into the blood stream and increase your chances for having a variety of negative health conditions, as well as causing an increase in weight

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2292482_lose-weight-fruit-smoothies.html

    Intestine Friendly (low frutose)
    Pineapples
    strawberries, raspberries
    blackberries, lemons, limes,
    avocado, bananas*,
    rhubarb, orange

    Foods to Avoid (high frutose)
    Prunes, pears, cherries
    peaches, apples, plums,
    applesauce, apple juice,
    pear juice, apple cider,
    grapes, dates

  • Link27

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    Nov 24, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    Thanks for the opinions everyone.

    I will consider making these smoothies on my own and again, thanks for the recipe also!
  • LJay

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    Nov 24, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    Have a glass of milk or a piece of fruit.

    The trainer is probably on a commission to sell smoothies.
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    Nov 24, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidShow me the people who have high triglycerides due to eating too much whole fruits and vegetables.

    BULLSHIT!

    In theory this may be the case but people who have high triglycerides almost always do not eat well in general.

    The other factor that has been ignored is that when fruits are eaten whole with their pulp (fiber) they have a lower glycemic index than say.... apple juice or grape juice.

    The lower the glycemic index a food has the slower the insulin response and this means that the sugar consumed in these foods will not convert to fat as easily as empty calories or foods that have a high glycemic index.

    The recommended daily allowance for fresh fruits and vegetables is five a day. While other sources suggest that nine to eleven are better.

    Show me ten people who have high triglycerides and I bet you none of them have this health concern due to eating too much whole fruit and vegetables.

    By the way, one serving is four ounces. So if you have a large apple that weighs nine ounces you have just over two servings with one apple.

    I was just supporting the facts there . I love smoothies have them daily

    By the way, I used to have nearly three pounds of fresh fruits a day spaced out over three protein drinks. I mixed medleys consisting of bananas, strawberries, grapes. This was a total of twelve servings a day. My triglycerides are very very low and always have been, by the way.
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    Nov 24, 2010 3:07 AM GMT
    Link27 saidThanks for the opinions everyone.

    I will consider making these smoothies on my own and again, thanks for the recipe also!


    Just adding my two cents. I think whole foods are ideal but that meal replacement shakes definitely have their place for someone that works out regularly. The theory is that right after intense exercise your body is primed to take in nutrients and, particularly if you are trying to add muscle, consuming protein and carbohydrate rich foods within 30 minutes or so of finishing your workout is ideal. Better to get some protein in your system then rather than risk letting your body start eating away at muscle in addition to fat because your body doesn't have the nutrients it needs. Also, if you are bad about skipping breakfast, a meal replacement shake is likely a better option than no breakfast and then overeating at lunch or later in the day.
  • Link27

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    Nov 24, 2010 3:19 AM GMT
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    Link27 saidThanks for the opinions everyone.

    I will consider making these smoothies on my own and again, thanks for the recipe also!


    Just adding my two cents. I think whole foods are ideal but that meal replacement shakes definitely have their place for someone that works out regularly. The theory is that right after intense exercise your body is primed to take in nutrients and, particularly if you are trying to add muscle, consuming protein and carbohydrate rich foods within 30 minutes or so of finishing your workout is ideal. Better to get some protein in your system then rather than risk letting your body start eating away at muscle in addition to fat because your body doesn't have the nutrients it needs. Also, if you are bad about skipping breakfast, a meal replacement shake is likely a better option than no breakfast and then overeating at lunch or later in the day.


    Speaking of breakfast, I used to be really bad about not eating breakfast - however, since the start of my diet, I've changed my ways - I just eat yogurt and fruit for the most part, but now, there's no way I could ever skip breakfast - and I don't know how I ever did it!
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    Nov 25, 2010 2:12 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidShow me the people who have high triglycerides due to eating too much whole fruits and vegetables.

    BULLSHIT!

    In theory this may be the case but people who have high triglycerides almost always do not eat well in general.

    The other factor that has been ignored is that when fruits are eaten whole with their pulp (fiber) they have a lower glycemic index than say.... apple juice or grape juice.

    The lower the glycemic index a food has the slower the insulin response and this means that the sugar consumed in these foods will not convert to fat as easily as empty calories or foods that have a high glycemic index.

    The recommended daily allowance for fresh fruits and vegetables is five a day. While other sources suggest that nine to eleven are better.

    Show me ten people who have high triglycerides and I bet you none of them have this health concern due to eating too much whole fruit and vegetables.

    By the way, one serving is four ounces. So if you have a large apple that weighs nine ounces you have just over two servings with one apple.

    By the way, I used to have nearly three pounds of fresh fruits a day spaced out over three protein drinks. I mixed medleys consisting of bananas, strawberries, grapes. This was a total of twelve servings a day. My triglycerides are very very low and always have been, by the way.



    agree with you I call bs on watching the amount of fruit you eat....I do not know where this myth that eating too much fruit causes you to get fat. I guess if you eat 2000 calories worth of fruit you will but in the end its not that fruit thats making people fat, its either the bad stuff in their diet or lack of physical activity