Needless to say, that provides the opportunity for many a diet fad to pop up and give hope to those desperately looking to lose weight.
But sometimes these fads, although they may appear healthy, are anything but.
Nowhere is this truer than with…
Juicing for weight loss
Many people have resorted to juicing as a way to slim down, and it helps that many celebrities seem to be caught up in the craze as well.
But while juicing may sound good and healthful, it also has a dark side.
First and foremost, juices definitely contain nutrients--and if you want to incorporate them as one of your "five servings a day," that's fine.
But know this: They DON'T replace whole foods…and what you’re not getting can quickly outweigh what you are getting.
With juices you are getting the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from the fruits and vegetables, but you're also getting sugar--in a FAR more concentrated dose per serving than you would ever get by eating a whole food.
Let's take an example of orange juice versus an orange:
A one-cup serving of orange juice has 125 calories and 29.5 grams of sugar.
A fresh orange? It has only 62 calories and 12.2 grams of sugar.
Plus with juicing you're also lacking the fiber found in whole foods. Fiber not only helps keep you regular, but it fills you up as well.
So that means you'll not only consume fewer calories with the whole food instead of the juice, but you'll also feel fuller and satisfied longer.
Now that sounds like a great way to lose weight!
The additional consequences of lacking fiber
If you rely heavily on juices, you could be looking at some serious constipation because your body is lacking the fiber it needs to keep you regular.
Plus fiber also helps your body eliminate old hormones, toxins and excess cholesterol.
So without it you can run the risk of worn out hormones being reabsorbed into your bloodstream (and increasing your risk of hormone-dependent cancers), toxins getting into your bloodstream and causing pain and inflammation, and even elevated blood cholesterol.
The steep price of nutrient deficiencies
Some people have juice "fasts" for several days at a time as they watch the pounds roll off.
But there’s a catch.
Although fruit and vegetable juices do provide nutrients, it’s not nearly what your body needs to survive...or look good.
While you may get certain vitamins and minerals, you'll also be severely lacking in protein, calcium, vitamin D and essential fatty acids, among other things.
And that can make your hair fall out, your skin dry out, your face break out and your teeth rot.
At that point, it might not matter so much if you’re a size 6.
The smart way to take off those pounds
The best way to go about losing weight is NOT to exist on juices but to eat real whole foods and make sure your digestion is efficient.
Eat REAL foods
At least 70-80 percent of what you eat should be real foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and poultry, fish, dairy, eggs and essential fats.
When you eat real foods, your body can get nourished the way it needs to be. That means you can get full faster and eat less overall, plus you’ll also STAY full longer, so you’re less likely to snack or binge eat!
Plus the natural water and fiber content in fruits and vegetables helps sweep away wastes from your system and eases constipation.
Make sure digestion is efficient
In order for your body to be able to assimilate nutrients from your foods, you must have good digestion.
So if yours is not going along so well and/or you find yourself relying on acid reducers, you can help turn that around by:
- Making your meals simpler and easier for your system to tackle—and the Great Taste No Pain health system can show you exactly what to do.
- Giving your body enzyme support if needed with Digestizol Max enzyme formula.