Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds, detoxify, or just get a jump start on a healthier life a juicing diet could be the perfect way to do that.
It’s important to choose a diet that works with your own unique needs. Juicing diets can range from simple 3-day fasts supplemented with solid foods, to hardcore “reboots” where you will have to consume nothing but juices for 15 days.
There are generally two types you can choose from, with the pros and cons of each.
The “Reboot” Juicing diet or the Pure Juice Diet
This juice diet was popularized by Joe Cross, an Australian filmmaker who created the popular juicing documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. He started out overweight and sickly, and used juicing to turn his life around. While the Aussie took it to the extreme by juicing for months on end, he allows followers to choose the length of time that suits them best. 3 days, 5 days, 15 days, 30 days…
The “Reboot” juice diet is said to do exactly what its name suggests
It works by rebooting your body to break a cycle of unhealthy eating. By the end of the reboot you’ll be feeling lighter and empowered enough to take on other healthy-living goals. The caveat is that you will be consuming only fruits and vegetable juices for the entire period.
The downside of this juice diet is that you might not be able to consume enough calories drinking juices alone, which might take a toll on your metabolism.
You also might not be getting enough protein, and prolonged use of this diet can cause you to lose some lean muscle mass besides losing body fat. This can be remedied by adding lots of plant-based protein to your juices via chia seeds or hep. If you’re less strict about consuming “just juice”, you could even add a few scoops of protein powder.
If you’re a highly active athlete, have a demanding full time job and take care of an entire family, sticking to this juicing diet for an extended period might be too much to handle at the moment and should be better saved for days when you can afford to deal with the lower energy levels it brings.
Weekends could be a great option. Friday-Saturday-Sunday would give you ample time and a flexible schedule to deal with any side effects.
The Supplemented Juicing Diet
For newcomers, it’s always best to start small. Completing a simple juice diet supplemented by small amounts of whole foods might be the best option for you.
Adding small amounts of whole plant-based foods like slices of avocado or a handful of nuts throughout the day can help you stick to your juice diet. If you’re a real meat eater and can’t bear the thought of a few days without it, you could eat a little bit of grilled chicken or salmon. Just make sure you aren’t scarfing down a bag of chips or a Venti mocha frapuccino while you’re on a juice diet, because you want to still limit yourself to whole, unprocessed foods.
The best part about this juice diet is that it’s less intense. Since you’re eating small amounts of solids, you won’t feel as hungry as you would on an all-juice diet. Some serious juicers though believe that eating solids don’t give enough of a break to your digestive system. But since our digestive systems are made to process whole, healthy foods anyway, this argument might be invalid after all.
Obviously, the juicing police won’t come to arrest you if you tweak a few of the diet rules here or there! The important thing is choosing a juicing diet that you can work with so you can get the results you need.
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