Do Juice Fasts Work For Weight Loss?

Can a Juice Fast work for losing weight?

You have probably heard from a friend how you can lose several pounds in a week, just by limiting your food consumption to juice. Sure that sounds pretty simple but can you actually lose weight and is it the type of diet that you could possibly stay on for a while?

Does juice diets and juice fasts cause weight loss?
Yes in the short term but you would not want to rely on juices for the rest of your life and not even more than a few days unless you were under a doctors care.

If you need to lose a few pounds in a hurry going on a juice fast may be the answer. You can lose as much as 3-5  pounds in the first couple of days. You should know though that  most of the weight weight you are losing is excess water and therefore it’s not fat.
Weight loss gradually drops off to about one pound a day, once you stay on this type of diet more than 3 days.

Going on a juice diet is very similar to going on a detox plan. Instead of eating lots of raw fruit and vegetables, you are going to be drinking their juices. The idea is that you still get lots of vitamins and minerals whilst losing weight. But recent studies have shown that as sugar is concentrated in fruit and to a lesser extent vegetable juices, you would actually be better eating the whole fruit or vegetable.

Different juice recipes for weight loss include cucumber juice, tomato juice, carrot juice, and apple and celery juice. Some people add protein powder to the juice in order to make it more filling and to avoid losing muscle while they are dieting.

Over the long term you do not want to rely solely on juices. Your teeth will suffer due to the acid and sugar in the juices not to mention your intake of the vitamins and nutrients you need for good health will be compromised.

I know that it may sound like a healthy diet but unless you read up on which fruits and vegetables contain which nutrients you may be lacking important nutrients.
It’s not to sat that a frutarian diet isn’t healthy, it’s just that you need to know all about nutrition before adopting this type of a diet and you will also want to eat the fruit and not just have the juice.

Just as a vegetarian should read up on how to supplement their diet properly a fruitarian should do the same.

You should aim to improve your overall eating habits and you can by starting off with a juice fast.
By all means try a juice diet for a couple of days to kick-start your weight loss (be sure to check with your doctor,just as you would when you start any restrictive diet) .

Developing a healthy lifestyle involves more than buying a juicer. You need to become more active to get those pounds shifted. Start with an exercise you enjoy and then vary the routine to prevent boredom settling in.

Some exercises are better at fat burning than others so it makes sense to try different activities.

Instead of juices, you could choose to have soup several times a week. You should not have packet or canned soup( unless the label specifically mentions low sodium, low fat or heart healthy)  as these can contain hidden fats and sugars not to mention salt.

The best soups are the homemade variety.  Soups are made with vegetables and natural broth, both key ingredients in a healthy lifestyle. Don’t be tempted to add salt to your soup. Use herbs to flavour it instead. If the recipe calls for milk or cream, use skimmed milk or low fat yogurt instead. If you want to have a slice of bread be sure it is 100% whole wheat (not just wheat, cracked wheat or white) and remember that having the bread will slow your weight loss down, but it can help you avoid getting the headaches that some will get during their fast.

Drink plenty of water to keep your system hydrated. This is especially important when you suddenly increase the amount of fiber in your diet as otherwise you can end up constipated. You should be aiming for at least 8 glasses a day. Drinking lots of water will also help you to eat less thus reducing calorie intake.

So yes, juice fasts can help with weight loss. Just remember to keep your diet healthy and your fitness level up so that once you start losing weight you can continue in a healthy manner. It’s so much easier to lose the weight once, then to have to try and lose it over and over again.

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