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Hello, Fellas! Almost everybody has noticed that I have lost lots of weight and now all of a sudden, I have so many questions to answer. Though I was trying my best to reply everyone and support all of you in this journey, I failed – there were so many questions, I would have to be online all the time. So, I decided to write this post to answer all the questions. (But it doesn’t mean that you can't write to me or ask me something. The only thing is that this post just makes my life easier).

I’ve never been skinny but recently I noticed that I kept gaining more and more weight. Three terrible creases appeared on my belly and believe me - I looked like a bulldog in bikini; And my hips, legs and butt were getting bigger and filthier! I decided to get a fit and healthy body by all means, so I stopped eating greasy and fried food and gave up hearty late meals. I went for the morning run and evening training sessions in the gym but instead of losing Kgs I continued gaining more and more weight! After a month my weight reached the terrifying mark of 90kgs. I kept making my diet more and more strict, excluding meat, bread, fries, and sweets. I ended up eating fruits and vegetables and drinking nothing but water. I tried some terribly expensive weight loss teas and pills but nothing seemed to work for me. After a while the lost Kgs would come back to my exhausted body.

Neither diets nor pills help, they are just a time-waste! 
Workouts are too hard and it takes too long to see any progress. So what should I do?

After heaps of diets, pills and hours in the gym and thousands of rupees paid to the personal instructor I gave up completely. One day I ran into an article about Green Smoothies and decided to give it a try. Although I heard Vipasha, SuBethany, Karina and many other celebs were losing weight with this coffee I was skeptical. But having tried everything and getting desperate, I had no choice! 

Some recipes, that helps me:

Spinach Flax Protein Smoothie
Nutrition: 231 calories, 8 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 23 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 11 f sugar, 19 g protein
Protein Source: Almond milk, spinach, optional protein powder, flax meal, chia seeds

This is the spinach smoothie for people who don’t like spinach—but want to. Thanks to the addition of mango, pineapple and banana, you won’t even taste the leafy green—but you’ll still reap all of its health benefits. In fact, this drink serves up 33 percent of the day’s vitamin A—most of which comes from the leaves. The addition of chia seeds and flax provides four grams of satiating fiber so be sure to keep those in the mix if you’re looking to sip as much protein as possible.

Key Lime Pie Shake

Nutrition: 212 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 17 g carbs, 0.7 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 42 g protein
Protein Source: Fat-free cottage cheese and protein powder

Key Lime pie may taste great, but with ingredients like heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, butter and sugar it’s anything but great for your waistline. This shake, on the other hand, is low in sugar and overflowing with 42 grams of muscle-building protein—that’s more than a day’s worth of the nutrient for someone who’s not very active and nearly half of what you’ll need if you’re a religious gym rat. We know the addition of cottage cheese may sound a bit strange, but that’s what gives this drink its satisfying milkshake-esque consistency. If you’re sensitive to dairy, swap in tofu to achieve the same texture. To keep your drink as healthy as possible, nix the pudding mix and xanthan gum—they only add calories and chemicals you don’t need.

Green Monster

¼ cup no-sugar-added apple juice
¼ cup water
½ scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder
½ cup baby spinach, loosely packed
¼ ripe avocado
Nutrition: 271 calories, 6 g fat, 40 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 15 g protein

Grasshopper Pie

Nutrition: 245 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 196 mg sodium, 48.9 g carbs, 8.3 g fiber, 36.6 g sugars, 13.5 g protein (calculated with skim milk)

Fresh spinach and mint leaves create the green hue of this pie-inspired shake. Besides color, these greens carry loads of healthy vitamins and thylakoids, compounds found in spinach that have been shown to reduce cravings and promote weight loss. A grasshopper pie isn’t complete without the chocolate, and the added cocoa powder has antidepressant powers due to the presence of polyphenols, according to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Author: Heather Condon

As Third Door Media's paid media reporter, Heather Condon writes about many topics. With more than 15 years of working experience, Heather has held both in-house and agency management positions.

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