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"Do fruit smoothies aid in weight control?"
I am a 28 year old woman looking to lose weight. Fruits are good, right? But then there are carbs. Is this OK?
Fruit smoothies are often thought of as an aid to weight loss. However, most commercial fruit smoothies (that you buy in a smoothie shop) also have, in addition to fresh fruit, very high amounts of sugar added to them. Therefore, you may think that you are taking a healthy snack when, in fact, you are drinking a calorie bomb! To avoid this, make your own smoothies at home (without sugar or sweetener added) or read the nutrition facts on the various smoothies available at the shop prior to purchasing. Effective weight loss can't happen just by selecting one or two healthy food types either. It requires eating regular balanced meals that are nutritious and low in concentrated fats and sweets. If you are interested in weight loss, you should meet with a nutritionist, as they will be able to help you develop an effective diet plan. Don't forget either that effective weight loss requires regular, daily aerobic exercise. You should engage in at least 30-60 minutes on most days of the week of aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat in order to maximize your weight loss potential.
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