Can Juicing help you lose weight?
In short, yes it can! There are many well documented examples, and even documentary movies, demonstrating the power of juicing to help weight loss.
Even if you are not quite ready to go extreme and commit to a full juice fast, juicing can help you lose weight and vastly improve your diet.
Here are some of the ways in which Juicing helps you lose weight:
Prevents hunger – Juicing gives your body all the nutrients it needs, and then some! When your body is lacking nutrients, it makes you hungry. In this way, you will eat less and have fewer junk food cravings.
Convenience – Modern busy lifestyles cause us to make many poor diet decisions because of the convenience of fast food. Juicing takes just a few minutes and gives you fresh, delicious, healthy juice that satisfies you. This means you eat less junk food.
All Natural – Since juicing uses all natural produce, you can limit your exposure to processed foods. The chemicals and additives in such foods actively contribute to weight gain. Going natural, especially if you use organic produce, can avoid exposing you to such risks. Additionally, juicing is free from all preservatives since you control exactly what goes into each drink.
Flavour – Most of us could do with eating more healthy vegetables. Juicing helps us get the goodness of these in a much more flavourful way than eating raw vegetables. It can also help meet you 5-a-day requirement if you aren’t doing so already.
More energy – The goodness of juicing makes you feel and great and gives you more energy. You’ll be much more likely to go outside and do something active when you make juicing a part of your lifestyle.
Detox – Green juice full of chlorophyll is particularly detoxifying and can really help your liver and kidneys to flush out your system. Celebrities regularly go to such retreats to shed the pounds after an unhealthy spell. But you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to reap the benefits of juicing. Now, everyone can do it from the comfort of their own home.
Recepies To Juices
How do you know if you are toxic and need to properly cleanse?
Usually a constellation of complaints helps you determine whether or not you are toxic and to what extent you need to cleanse. Some examples of what might infer a toxic system are:Constipation
Persistent headaches, muscle aches and muscle fatigue
Eating a lot of swordfish, tuna, shark etc.
Several mercury fillings and dental amalgams
Stubborn weight loss
Hormonal imbalances and consistent use of hormone replacement treatments such as birth control or creams like progesterone.
Consistent use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Skin abnormalities such as acne, rosacea or eczema
A lifetime of consuming the SAD Diet
How long should you stay on a cleanse?
Typical cleanses that harness our body’s natural processes for filtering and removing waste tend to be gentle and can therefore be tolerated for longer periods of time than more extreme protocols. A safe cleanse is one which doesn’t make you starve yourself or take fancy pills, potions or expensive drinks.
Safety means allowing the body to do what it wants to do naturally, with a little assistance from some guided healthy eating, appropriate supplements and relevant lifestyle modifications. I usually have my patients do a cleanse for 7 days to 6 weeks, or even longer, depending on their particular needs. You should work with a trained medical provider to help you determine what length of time is right for you.
How can you prepare for a cleanse?
Like we would plan for any big trip to a new destination, we need to prepare, plan and set out some main goals for our journey. And by the way, as in all travels, it’s always a good idea to leave some room for the serendipitous excursions to occur. When handled properly, they can be the best part of a trip! So how can we plan for a safe and simple detoxification protocol?
Take some basic measurements before you begin so that you can track your progress as you go through your program. For example, if weight loss is your goal, measure your waist, hips and weight. If, migraines are an issue, determine the duration, intensity and frequency they currently plague you. Keep a journal, which will help you in more ways than one
1- The Toxin Killer
The Toxin Killer
When to drink: any time in the day
Best situations: As a daily juice
Tastes: Good (apple is dominant)
The Toxin Killer is a juice bursting with antioxidants to combat free radicals and cleanse your system of toxins.
It’s a bit of an unusual green but it still tastes really nice nonetheless and it’s excellent for your body!
This is such a healthy juice that you can drink it daily. If you’ve been having too many late nights or just got back from vacation, make the Toxin Killer part of your daily routine and you’ll be feeling great in no time.
It’s packed full of healthy greens that give your body a nice dose of essential nutrients.
- 3 apples
- 1 stick of celery
- Half a cucumber
- Spinach (1 handful)
- Ice (1 cup)
- Lettuce (1 handful)
- Peel the apples and the cucumber
- Drop them into the juicer with the lettuce and spinach
- Add ice and blend it for a minute or so.
- Drink nice and cold.
2-The Power Up Punch
The Power Up Punch
When to drink: Mornings
Best situations: Before you exercise or are active
Tastes: Strong and sweet
This drink is filled with vitamins and minerals and has a delicious tang to it from the lime and pineapple.
It’s a powerful drink that will give you plenty of energy and nourishment for your morning or afternoon. The strong taste also helps waking up. perfect if you’re trying to stop drinking coffee
This is a great juice for drinking before you exercise as the apple, pineapple and lime really give you energy. The spinach and cucumber are very nutritious and make this a very well balanced juice.
- 1/3 of pinapple
- 1/2 cucumber
- Spinach (1 handful)
- 2 apples
- The fresh juice of 2 limes
- Ice (1 cup)
- Juice the lime separately in a citrus juicer and pour it into your collection jar with the ice. This helps prevent oxidization of the juice.
- Cut up the pinapple and apples so they are small enough to fit through your juicer’s feeder.
- Juice all the ingredients, stir and drink immediately.
3-The Veggie Delight
The Veggie Delight
When to drink: Evening
Best situations: To unwind after a long, hard day.
Tastes: Delicious, but not too sweet.
This drink has lots of healthy vegetables, but the sweetness of the orange and carrots means you’ll barely taste them. Excellent for those who are not big veggie fans out there.
Many people prefer to avoid juicing too much fruit in the evenings as it can disturb their sleep or even work, cause them to gain weigh as the body converts the sugar in fruit into fat.
If you have kids that don’t like vegetables, this is a sure fire way to give them the nutrients they need.
- 2 Oranges
- 2 Carrots
- 1/4 head of lettuce
- 1 celery stick
- 1/4 head of cabbage
- 2 large branches of broccoli
- Use a citrus juicer for the oranges and add it to the collection jar with the ice.
- Run the carrots, celery, cabbage and lettuce through the juicer.
- Stir to blend well and enjoy.
4-The Fruity Blast
Healthy fact: Carrots are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. These can help regulate blood sugar and give improved immune function benefit. Amazingly, they can actually delay the effects of aging.
The Fruity Bla
When to drink: Afternoon
Best situations: When you need a pick-me-up.
Tastes: Strong and sweet.
This is a sweet but very nutritious drink to enjoy and is a great pick me up when you’re low on energy. Sometimes when you’re feeling down the first instinct is to eat comfort food.
After having one of these, your definition of comfort food will forever be changed.
Some people have compared the energy boost of this juice to that of an energy drink, except without the inevitable crash. Plus you get a lot of wholesome natural goodness in a deliciously fruity juice.
- 2 Apples
- 1/3 of a pineapple
- 2 Kiwi fruits
- 2 Nectarines
- Remove the stones from the nectarine and the skin from the pineapple.
- Chop up the pineapple and apples until they easily fit through your juicer.
- Add ice, mix well and drink straight away.
Healthy fact: Kiwi fruit has an amazingly low glycemic index, compare to other fruit. Combined with its high fiber content, this means it won’t create a strong insulin rush like other fruit can. Consequently, your body responds by not storing fat.
The Green Machine
5-The Green Machine
When to drink: All Day
Best situations: When you’re enjoying some “me” time
Tastes: Very green with a hint of zest
This drink is full of green power from chlorophyll, rich in antioxidants and quite low in calories.
If juices were graded, this one would get an A+ for being one of the healthiest drinks out there. You can’t go wrong with plenty of cruciferous vegetables. The lime juice nicely tops off the flavor to give it a zesty appeal.
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Cucumber
- Parsley (1 small bunch)
- Chard (1/2 bunch)
- Spinach (1/2 bunch)
- Kale (1 bunch)
- the juice of a lime
- Squeeze the lime first and pour the juice into the collection jar with a few ice cubes.
- Juice the greens in tightly packed balls in between the harder carrots, cucumber and celery.
- Mix it up and slowly sip while the ice melts.
Healthy fact: Did you know that per calore, Kale has more calcium than milk. This helps in strengthening bones, contributes towards a health metabolism and helps prevent against osteoporosis. The vitamin C also helps maintain joint flexibility.