Want to know how to make a coconut milk smoothie for weight loss? There are certain things you need to know to make and use weight loss smoothies successfully.
Have you ever wondered why some smoothie drinkers lose weight easily, while others stay stuck at a plateau--or even gain weight?
Have you felt frustrated with your smoothies, and how they affected (or worse, didn’t affect) your weight?
You don’t have to continue in frustration. Or keep wondering what you’re missing. There are a few simple secrets that can make a difference.
Especially when it comes to coconut milk smoothies for weight loss.
Of course drinking a smoothie is just one piece of what can help with weight loss. But if you're going to drink a coconut milk smoothie for weight loss, you might as well know how to do it right!
The medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut milk have been associated by researchers with weight loss.
Does that mean they will help you lose weight?
Perhaps, but not necessarily.
When I originally wrote this page, how to make a coconut milk smoothie for weight loss, I thought they would probably help most people achieve that goal.
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I have since learned that a large portion of Americans--as many as one third of the population--may have toxic levels of retinoids in their systems. So it is good for those people to eat foods that help the body excrete excess retinoids.
After relying on coconut milk myself for many years I am actually not drinking it for now, as I am on the Vitamin A Detox Diet.
There's a lot more I could say about this. I have changed my thinking on what the best milk for smoothies for weight loss is.
I have actually written a separate article on it, is coconut milk good for weight loss?
(Whether you decide to use coconut milk in your smoothies or not, the tips in this article will apply for any weight loss smoothie with higher fat ingredients.)
But for now, for those of you who are able to eat without restrictions, you can certainly enjoy this wonderful food God made!
To make a coconut milk smoothie for weight loss, you need to know which healthy, clean eating recipes to avoid! You can't just throw any fruit in a blender.
(Though you might do well to try making coconut water smoothie recipes for weight loss--that's something I haven't yet tried.)
You can make a coconut milk smoothie for weight loss anyplace that has a refrigerator, a sink and electricity, such as:
They are delicious to drink anytime. You can make a coconut milk smoothie weight loss recipe
Like I said above, there are a few simple secrets that can make a difference in your results.
Before I get to the first tip, congratulate yourself for using coconut milk as the base of your smoothie.
Because coconut milk contains coconut oil, which is a great ingredient for boosting metabolism. Don't feel like you need to use a low fat version of coconut milk.
Regular, full-fat coconut milk is ideal!
Some of my favorites are:
You can experiment with small portions of lower-sugar apples, too. If you want more sweetness than these fruits give, you can add a little stevia, if you like.
FYI, if you hate the taste stevia, I can relate. The first brand of it I tried tasted horrible.
Years later, I tried another brand, which I like much better. This is the brand of liquid stevia my whole family, kids included, like best.
I prefer liquid stevia when making a coconut milk smoothie for weight loss. But if using powdered stevia, be sure to read the label carefully. Many brands add fillers that may increase the carbohydrate content of the product. Some brands do offer pure stevia powder. Look for those brands.
An excellent way to get coconut milk for weight loss that is free of additives and hormone and metabolic disruptors is to make your own from scratch. You can check out a super easy article on how to make coconut milk here.
Avoid coconut milk and other ingredients that contain Estrogens, which may cause your body to gain or retain fat. Most brands of canned coconut milk contain BPA and preservatives.
BPA (bisphenol A) is found in the liners of most canned foods. And even if the can says BPA free, it still may contain BPS (bisphenol S), which is said to be even worse. BPA and BPS both may cause reproductive problems, developmental problems in unborn babies, and cancer.
Yes, I know almost everything these days is said to cause, or at least possibly trigger, cancer. So let's approach this from a fat-loss perspective.
BPA and BPS are both endocrine disruptors. In plain English, this means that they mimic the hormone estrogen. And high estrogen levels in your body cause your body to gain fat, and hold on to fat.
So if you want to get rid of fat from your body, avoid any and all skin care, cosmetics and foods that contain estrogenic substances. Avoid them like the plague!
Boxed coconut milk products often contain inflammatory ingredients such as carageenan. Another possible cancer trigger, as well. Processed foods also may increase inflammation. Inflammation is an enemy of fat loss.
Yes, even most protein powders have serious pitfalls. Many (most?) contain denatured proteins, whey from feed lot cows fed with genetically modified grains, unhealthy soy-based ingredients, etc. For protein, I recommend you eat a serving of organic grass-fed meat or pastured eggs on the side with your smoothies. If you really want protein in a powdered form to add to your smoothies, try something like this.
Processed food ingredients can cause inflammation in many, and inflammation may slow or bring a halt to weight loss.
Inflammation can also be caused by food allergies and intolerances, so it is extremely important to be aware of foods that disagree with you, and avoid them.
Does the ingredient make you burp, cause your skin to itch, give you gas, acid indigestion, give you headaches, affect your toilet habits or correlate with any other "annoying" health problems? Listen to what your body is trying to tell you! Try cutting those foods out for a few weeks, and see if you feel better, and drop a few pounds.
Using other common sense weight control methods at the same time, you might be pleasantly surprised to find your weight may go down.
Processed foods often have long lists of ingredients with names that sound nothing like the actual food from which they are derived. For instance, if you have a corn allergy, and don't see the word "corn" in the ingredient list, you should know that "dextrose" is often derived from corn. This is just one of many examples I could give. It makes it very confusing!
Especially if you've been doing everything you can to lose weight, and staying at the same weight, or worse, gaining, you definitely should cut out the processed food ingredients!
So how do I find more natural coconut milk?
Like I mentioned above, if you learn how to make coconut milk, you can avoid these unnecessary additives, and save money while you're at it.
If you really want the convenience and rich texture that only comes from store-bought, try this brand of canned coconut milk.
Large amounts of these fruits may be ok for smoothies you serve to your kids, if they do not have weight issues (or if they need to gain weight).
But for you, when you want to lose weight, you want to limit even the natural sugars when eating a higher fat meal.
Save those sweeter fruits for lower fat snacks and meals later in the day. For weight loss, stay away from
If you want to boost your coconut milk smoothie for weight loss even further, gradually add a little extra coconut oil to your smoothies, a little more each day, till you are having 1 to 3 tablespoons per day.
Please start slowly, though, with about a quarter of a teaspoon, to allow your body time to adjust to this potent food. Adding too much too soon can cause a die-off reaction.
What is a die-off reaction? Also called a Herxheimer reaction or healing crisis, this is something that can happen when you eat anything that is anti-viral, anti-fungal, or anti-bacterial, which may kill pathogens in your gut.
If you have an overgrowth of pathogens, when too many are killed at one time, the inflammatory products released by dead bacteria, viruses and yeast can cause an overreaction in your body. A die-off reaction may cause symptoms such as:
It is not fun! So definitely start slowly with coconut oil!
Note: if you are working out, and building muscle while you are trying to lose weight, this will help speed up your metabolism.
With this method of making a coconut milk smoothie for weight loss, you may see inch loss and fat loss on your body before you see the number on your scale go down. This is normal.
Take your measurements each week with this printable body measurement chart, and rejoice as you slim down, even if the number on the scale stays put for a while.
While you're focusing on weight loss smoothies, you will definitely also want to check out this effective weight loss workout plan!
While you're at it, check out Teresa Tapp's book, Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, in which she gives lots of inspiration and practical instruction.
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If you're looking for another type of healthy smoothie for weight loss that could be used with coconut milk as a base, Megan at Eat Beautiful has some interesting thoughts about the temperature of your smoothies and a delicious looking chocolate smoothie recipe for weight loss you should check out.