Attention all tongue-biters, the latest diet fad require that you ditch all solid foods in favor of your blender. The newest interwebs craze, The Smoothie Diet, has been pegged as the go-to easy way to lose weight, and fast.
Sure, you’ve heard of drinking smoothies to lose weight, but The Smoothie Diet takes things to the next level. Here’s how it works: You drink a low-cal detox smoothie from The Smoothie Diet digital recipe book (a $47 cost) for at least two (if not all) of your three meals for three weeks. Then, you repeat the three-week cycle as many times as you want.
The result: You drop weight quickly. After all, on the diet, you’ll be bringing your daily calorie intake down to as low as 1,200 calories a day, according to registered dietitian Wesley Delbridge, R.D., a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. If you go from consuming 2,000 calories per day to consuming three 400-calories smoothies per day, of course you will lose weight and, likely, quickly, he says.
Problem is, very little of that will actually be from fat. Rather, a lot of it will probably come from lean metabolism-revving muscle, says Jonathan Valdez, R.D.N., C.D.N., owner of Genki Nutrition, and a spokesperson for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So when you go back to eating normally (enter, solid foods), your body is going to start holding onto those calories as fat, which means you’re bound to regain the weight you lose, and possible even more, he adds. What’s more, the diet sets you up for a host of nutritional deficiencies, he says.
It’s also worth mentioning that, the diet’s creator, Drew Sgoutas, is a certified health coach, but he is not a registered dietitian. (Women’s Health reached out to Sgoutas for comment on this story, but did not receive a reply.)
And, in the end, while the website is decorated with convincing testimonials about Smoothie-Diet results, any weight loss you experience on this plan will likely lead to a cycle of yo-yo dieting and a troubled relationship with (solid) food. The Smoothie Diet, put simply, just won’t contribute to sustained weight loss, Delbridge says.
That being said, it’s not surprising that smoothies have taken off in the realm of weight loss. That’s especially true considering the fact that smoothies, when made and used right, can be used to promote weight loss for women who are always on the go, usually skip breakfast, or need some quick carbs and protein before a workout.
Nutritionists like Valdez, Danoff, Delbridge, and Devaux agree that incorporating a nutrient-dense smoothie can help increase satiety, and even promote pound-shedding, thanks to filling fiber and muscle-making protein… But again, if made and used right.
Here, they share their top concerns with the Smoothie Diet, plus how to start blending the smart way.