Your guide to juicing for weight loss

This is where juicing for weight loss can help you

If you’re like any other modern human being on the planet you’ve probably consumed quite a lot of unhealthy foods in your lifetime.

Fast food and highly refined, processed foods are probably a staple in your diet. Years of bad eating habits can take a toll on your health AND your waistline!

juicing for weight lossPerhaps the most sought after effect of juicing is its ability to promote weight loss.

In the popular documentary “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”, film maker Joe Cross set out to chronicle his journey as he shed his bad eating habits and lost nearly 100 pounds through juicing.

The film has since inspired many others to follow in his footsteps, and people have been raving about the results. Even celebrities like Jessica Alba credit their lean physiques to juicing.

This is because vegetable juices and moderate amounts of fruit juices are filling and nutritious while being low in calories at the same time.

Consuming lots of fruits and veggies will help you eliminate sugar cravings, because you’re already giving your body what it needs on a cellular level.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead calls juicing a “reboot” because it “reboots” your eating habits, your body, and ultimately, your entire lifestyle.

Although you might not be interested in going through a prolonged all juice cleanse or “reboot” as some people call it, eating smaller portions of your meals while adding fruit and vegetable juices to your diet is a sure fire way to drop some pounds.

There are a multitude of juice recipes out there and you’re bound to find a few that you’ll love!

Here are some guidelines when you’re juicing for weight loss

If you’re juicing for weight loss or if you’re a diabetic, make sure your juices are mostly based around vegetables, since fruits contain lots of simple sugars.

It’s true that natural sugars found in fruits are quite different from the processed sugars and high-fructose corn syrup found in other sweets, but ultimately, sugar is guar. It will still cause spikes in your body’s insulin levels, and if you aren’t careful, they could prompt your body to store more fat.

Strive for a ratio of 80% vegetables and 20% fruits.

If you really like fruit juices, try to drink them before or after a workout, when your body needs sugar the most and is less likely to convert it to fat.

Replace your snacks with juice. If you have the tendency to get hungry between meals and grab any snack in sight, juicing might be a great way to break the habit.

Grab a glass of vegetable juice instead of junk food.

Drink a glass of juice before meals.

We all know how easy it is to scof down several servings when we’re ravenously hungry, only to feel too stuffed and guilty when we’re through.

Drinking juice up to 20 minutes before breakfast, lunch or dinner can fill up your belly and fool your brain so you end up eating less!

Increase the satiating power of juices with protein powder. Adding protein to anything can help make it more filling. The same thing goes with juices. Add high-quality whey protein or soy protein like the kind you can get from GNC or other health supplement stores, or go the natural way by adding some chia seeds or flax seed to your juice. (1)

While you’re juicing, keep moving. Light to moderate exercise can help speed up your weight loss and flush out toxins while you’re getting started with juicing.

Being active, especially with some resistance training, can help preserve your lean muscle mass and ensure that most of the weight you’re losing is from body fat.

Reference: (1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18296329

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