The Juicing Diet

the juicing diet de-mystified

What Is Juicing?

Juicing is the process of extracting liquids from vegetables and fruits using a juicer. All pulp is discarded as a result. You may confuse juicing with blending, but the two are very different. Blending pulverises the vegetables and fruits; so you still have pulp in the final drink, where by juicing extracts merely the juice which is far less calorie dense.

What Is the Juicing Diet?

In essence, the juicing diet is an eating plan that substitutes your regular meals with juice. Depending on how much weight you want to lose, you can follow this diet anywhere from 2 to 60 days.

Of all the diets the juicing diet is one of the easiest to understand. You don’t need to count calories or weigh your food portions. Even better, there is no limit to how much juice you can drink; if you feel hungry, start juicing.

The juice your drink is mostly made up of vegetables that are low in calories, so even if you drink a lot, the numbers are still going to drop on the scales. In the end there is only so much juice one person can drink (especially broccoli). Exceeding your daily calorific intake for your body size is very difficult with this diet.

Getting started with the juicing diet is simple. All you need is a juicer, the fruit and veg and the will to drink. Juicers can be bought very cheaply from many supermarkets in the, UAE, however, expect to pay more if you are looking for durability and quality.

Pros and Cons of the Juicing Diet

To every story, there is a black and white side. The same is true with the juicing diet.

Pros Cons

You Consume a Lot of Nutrients – juicing uses more food than you would manage to eat if in raw form. Since all the nutrients are extracted into your drink, you get a lot of vitamins and minerals in every glass of juice.

Juicing is Expensive – buying fresh fruits and vegetables is not cheap.

You Detox the Body – the juicing diet gives you a chance to rest your digestive system. At the same time, you get a lot of antioxidants that are needed to remove toxins from your body.

Not very satisfying – juicing gets rid of the pulp. However, this is what you need to feel full and suppress your appetite. If you have a physically demanding job, the lack of energy is certainly a deal breaker. You may also experience headaches as a result of this diet.

Juices are Low in Calories – if your juices are vegetable based, you will be ingesting fewer calories than you consume in your normal diet. This is what enables you to lose weight.

 

Tips If You Want to Adopt the Juicing Diet

There is no doubt that the juicing diet can help you lose weight and supercharge the amount of nutrients the body receives. However, if you are not careful, you may not see any change on the scales.
Below are some tips you must follow:

Use the 80:20 ratio:

Fruits contain a lot of sugar, so including them in your juice raises the number of calories. The removal of fibre worsens the situation. All the sugar is absorbed into your blood triggering insulin to remove it which leads to a dramatic drop in energy (otherwise know as a sugar crash).

To avoid that, you must ensure that your juice is 80% vegetables and only 20% fruits. That will make it taste great, and at the same time, keep calories on the low side.

Start Small:

The juicing diet should not be used for prolonged periods of time. You should aim to follow it for a minimum of 2 days and up to a maximum of 60 days. However, if it's your first rodeo, starting small; 2 or 3 days a week is a good idea. Furthermore, start by trialling it at the weekend as oppose to during the working week.

Do Light Exercise:

Since your energy levels will be low during this period, you should not engage in strenuous workouts. Walking, stretching, or any other form of light exercise is fine.

Drink Water:

Drinking lots of water when you are on this diet is important as it will keep your hunger at bay.

Summary:

The juicing diet can be a great way to lose weight and go through a period of detox. It’s also a great way of cramming nutrients into the body. No diet can replace a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and wise nutritional choices. Give it a try to see if it suits you, but remember to pay attention to the hints and tips we have provided.


 

Author: Alex Pascoe
Author Bio: Alex is the head of operations and head trainer of Nutrition Souq (www.nutritionsouq.com). He is a certified personal trainer, self confessed fitness nut and entrepreneur, and is on a mission to make the UAE fitter, healthier and happier