Juicing to Lose Weight: Slimming Down Pound by Pound
Juicing to lose weight is not just a walk in the park like most people think. Like any diet, limiting foods you normally eat and substituting them for juice isn’t easy. It’s also important that you pick the right ingredients which not only aid in losing weight, but also nourish your body with the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals it needs to run at peak efficiency.
Just about everyone has heard of juicing, especially those who have seen the many interesting infomercials advertising what they claim to be the latest and greatest in juicing technology. But all hype aside, there are many people who have successfully lost weight juicing as a supplement to their weight loss plan.
When juicing, it’s important to remember that if done correctly, there’s no need to get malnourished and there’s no need to starve yourself. One great benefit of juicing, unlike other kinds of diets, is that juice by nature is very easy to digest. So, you shouldn’t experience any serious digestion issues like constipation.
Dieting and Juicing: What to Consider
When venturing out to lose weight, there are many factors to keep in mind. There are pros and cons to any diet, including juicing. It’s very important to draw out a solid dieting plan in your mind or on paper before venturing to lose weight. As you plan, you’ll find there are a number of things you’ll want to prepare for. Therefore, let’s consider a few basic pre-diet questions and how they relate to juicing.
1 -How much weight do you need to lose?
Do you need to lose 5 pounds or 50 pounds? It’s always important to set realistic and tangible goals when losing weight. Juicing can be an integral part of substantial weight loss, or for just losing a few pounds. Plus, each glass of fresh juice in the diet will be filled with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that will keep your body running efficiently.
2- Are you considering a long-term diet or a short term diet?
This is a very crucial question to consider when setting your weight-loss goals. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, do you want to lose that weight in a few weeks or a few months?
While long-term diets tend to be healthier and short term diets tend to “shock” your body into weight loss, your choice will depend on what comfort level you want to maintain over the duration of your diet.
Juicing “detox” diets can be useful for very quick weight-loss, but you will experience discomfort as well. While diets that contain only juice will contain vitamins and nutrients, they’re often lacking in protein and fiber. For some people, this isn’t a problem. Also, these aggressive short-term “shock” diets make it more difficult to exercise and function normally since you’ll be consuming 500-1000 fewer calories per day than you’re used to.
If the short term diet isn’t your thing, you can also juice in the long-term by supplementing various meals and/or snacks with healthy homemade juice substitutes instead. Perhaps your goal will be to replace one meal a day with a cup of vegetable juice? Or, maybe two meals per day?While this kind of diet can be used for weight loss, it will only be as effective as the overall diet plan and will heavily depend on your discipline in eating healthy for those meals you do choose to eat.
In other words, if you splurge when you eat your regular meals, juice substitutions for other meals will likely not result in any considerable weight loss. Therefore, long-term diets will provide you with gradual weight-loss and a certain level of comfort absent from more aggressive weight-loss plans.
3 – Will the diet require a drastic change in your daily food intake?
Since juicing can be tailored to fasting preferences as well as part of a supplement to holistic dieting, it won’t necessarily require any kind of substantial change in your food intake. However, that really will depend on how quickly you want to lose weight, how comfortable you want to be during weight loss, and how much weight you want to lose.
4 – Will you actually like the foods in your diet?
Juicing recipes can be customized to your tastes quite easily! This question doesn’t pose any problem for juicing. If you like the taste of a homemade veggie juice, great! If not, you can add things like lemon, ginger, cinnamon, peppermint, rosemary or other ingredients to make the juice more palatable.
However, if you have a sweet tooth, it can be tempting to add too much tasty fruit. While natural sugars from fruit aren’t “banned” in this diet, moderation is key. It’s almost too easy to throw an extra handful of berries into the juicer or mixing in a substantial amount of honey into your once healthy glass of juice. It’s true that with just about any diet, there’s always a way to cheat. So, be on your guard.
5 – Does the diet require putting your body into “starvation” mode by severely limiting calories or carbohydrates (ketosis)?
Again, since juicing can be used in the short term for quick weight loss or in the long term to supplement an existing diet plan, it’s not necessary to shock your body’s normal routine unless you want to. Oftentimes when people think of juicing, they think of juice fasting. While that’s one method of juicing, it’s not necessary for losing weight and shouldn’t be representative for juicing in general.
6 – How will you maintain weight loss after your diet?
So, if you think you may want to opt for a short-term dieting plan, how will you keep from gaining weight all over again after you reach your goals? This specific question is why so many diets are met with criticism because many people gain the weight right back shortly after they conclude their diet. Juicing can be used for ongoing weight management since you can easily satisfy your cravings with a healthy juice recipe instead of sugary or fatty snacks.
7 – Do you want to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time and feel worse in the short term, or do you want to lose weight gradually in accordance with long-term goals?
Diets aren’t always comfortable, that’s just the reality of losing weight! Some people rather experience more discomfort in order to lose weight quickly. On the other hand, others may decide that it’s healthier for them to shed those pounds gradually. Juicing will be compatible with whichever strategy you choose for your weight loss goals.
Dieting really is simple. Now, you might find yourself thinking “No way!”. Really, dieting is simple, but it isn’t easy. To the contrary, it can be overwhelmingly difficult. Juicing can be successfully used to meet and exceed your weight loss goals while increasing your likelihood of accomplishing those goals. It’s also an excellent fix for sudden cravings, a great pick-me-up in the morning without consuming many calories, and it provides your body with loads of nutrients.
Food variation and choice selections oftentimes make or break a diet. With juicing, there are endless variations that can suit any taste or preference you desire. Furthermore, if you’re not one to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, this is a great way to take advantage of nutrients you’ve been missing out on. So, if you plan on dieting and shedding pounds, juicing is yet another tactic to add to your arsenal!
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