Juicing: Good Or Bad For Weight Loss?

You have probably heard of juicing. It’s a relatively new trend in the weight loss community, but it has actually been around for at least two decades.

It consists mainly of pureeing vegetables and fruits together in a ‘juicer’ or blender, drinking them up, and ultimately feeling good about yourself for following a healthy diet. Some people claim juicing for weight loss is dangerous for your health. However, anything can be dangerous… it just depends on how you do it.

Be smart about it, take care of your health, and follow our tips below that will help you be successful.

First, though, what are the advantages of starting a juicing diet?

  • You add more vegetables to your diet – adding vitamins, minerals, fibers and healthy carbs to your diet – that’s a good thing any day;
  • Tasty juice will help you get hydrated – if you don’t like drinking plain water, the juice will provide part of your suggested daily intake of water;
  • They are a good alternative to coffee, soft drinks or energizers – they give you a boost of energy with no side effects and no added sugar.

There are disadvantages as well:

  • The diet can go wrong really fast if you don’t know what you’re doing, so be careful;
  • Your body also needs fats and proteins besides carbs, so unless you drink a magic fat and protein-rich juice, you will not only lose weight from your fat deposits, but your muscles as well;
  • Juicing without sports will not help you get lean and strong, it will just help you lose a bit of fat on the side.

Tips for losing weight successfully by juicing:

  1. Start slowly. Instead of jumping on a full-juice diet, add a glass of juice to your daily diet, replacing one cup of coffee, a snack or even part of one meal.
  2. Vary the composition of the juice every day. Add in fruits and vegetables of all colors and types. Don’t overuse one kind of fruit or vegetable, as too much of one mineral or vitamin is as bad as too little.
  3. The more you replace parts of your diet with juices, the more you must be careful about fats and proteins. If you really want to go on a liquid diet, sprout seeds and use them in your juices. Lentils, chickpeas, soy, whole grains, almonds, and other nuts will add the necessary proteins to your diet and are extremely tasty. They also contain enzymes that will help you break down the vegetables in your juices a lot faster and easier.
  4. Exercise. You’ll get a lot of energy from those juices, so use it to your advantage and get outside! Join a sports club or have a friend join you for a round or two of your favorite game. You will be motivated to continue and you will see progress much faster.

 Remember, variety is key here, so good luck on your journey and enjoy!