The 21-Day Smoothie Diet, created by Drew Sgoutas, has spawned dozens of imitations and variations. All promise that replacing some of your meals with smoothies will lead to quick and easy weight loss
As with so many weight-loss plans, though, the details are important. As part of a balanced diet, smoothies can help you lose weight. But ingredients, portion size, and your overall eating plan will make all the difference.
How It Works
On this eating plan, you will prepare and drink two smoothies a day as meal replacements. Your third meal is up to you, but for the best results it should be lower in calories. Sgoutas also suggests one “cheat day” per week but includes a recommended food list for this day. He also says that it is fine to repeat the 21-day cycle anytime you would like to lose weight.
What to Eat
The smoothie ingredients vary, but they focus on fruits and vegetables, with some protein and healthy fats. There is some guidance in e-book for the one solid-food meal you will consume each day (recommendations for what to eat, and some “whole food” recipes). Sgoutas points out that if this meal is too high in calories, the diet won’t work for weight loss. The e-book also includes some suggested low-sugar, high-fiber snacks.