The Insider Guide to Juice Fasting & Weight Loss

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sauntered my past the juicers at Wal-Mart without ever stopping to look at them. The little miracle machines have recently been receiving a lot of press coverage and are becoming more and more popular every day. In fact, I have one friend who has been juicing for about a year in order to bring her husband’s Hepatitis C under control with absolutely remarkable results. So, I know something is going on with this thing. Having the ability to turn almost any kind of food into juice makes this product very versatile. You will be amazed, like my friend has been, at the results you will see in a very short period of time. But I’ll bet you didn’t know that juicing and something call juice fasting could also be used for weight loss. Though I would never suggest you embark on anything crazy, let me fill you in on some of the facts about using juice nutrition.

Why Juice?

juice-fastingUsing juice nutrition can be a tremendously powerful detoxification tool. It is also, unbeknownst to most people, a great way to lose some weight. When you are doing juice fasting, you are consuming a great number of nutrients in the form of freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables but you are not taking in any solid foods. This is such a powerful tool because when your body is not trying to process solid food, it is able to divert its energy toward cleansing itself and eliminating old, dispensable tissue.

Though most people don’t realize it, our bodies require a great deal of energy just to digest the food we take in each day. Scientists estimate that approximately 30% of all the energy a person uses each day is used simply to process food and digest it. If you are eating meat and lots of carbohydrates, you will need even more energy to process and digest those meals — much more so than it would take your body to process and digest meals that are made up solely of fruits and vegetables.

Aside from providing your body with a lot of energy with which to cleanse itself and engage in some productive healing, juice fasting is also a very quick and easy way to lose weight.

Juice fasting is beneficial for weight loss because your liver, your prime detoxification organ, is also your essential organ that deals primarily with burning fat. So as you detoxify your body, you are allowing your liver to carry out its primary function, that of burning fat.

Are Fasts Healthy?

juices-for-weight-lossIn this sense? Yes. Periodic fasts are great for getting your body back on track after an unhealthy diet has ravaged it. This isn’t even technically a fast, though.

With a juice fast, you are going to stay away from solid food, but you are going to be getting plenty of nutrition from all of the fruits and vegetables that you are going to be taking in. In fact, you could actually get a higher level of nutrition while still losing weight since your focusing on these nutrient dense products.

What Kind Of Juices?

Any food that you can eat raw, can be juiced. Vegetables are the most common, along with juices. Even things like raisins can be juiced, although you’ll have to soak them in water, which even then can’t be relied on for much volume wise.

Shopping ahead of time for a diet like this is important. I’ll show you 3 specific recipes that I’m crazy about, but here’s a quick list of foods that are good to look for before you start your fast.

  • Apples
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pineapples
  • Grapefruits

And the list goes on. Any of these make great ingredients for your juicing diet and you should take a look at some that you don’t normally eat. You’d be surprised at how great a glass of juice can taste, even when it is filled with things that you normally wouldn’t want anything to do with.

What Would A Day Look Like?

  • Breakfast: 2 Apples, 1 cup blueberries, 2 leaves of kale, 1 cucumber, 2 cups of grapes and a pinch of ginger
  • Lunch: 1 cup of spinach, 2 cups of romaine lettuce, 1 green apple, 1/2 lemon, 2 stalks of celery, and 1 cup of kale, 1/2 peeled lemon
  • Dinner: 1 large beet, 1 green apple, 1 inch slice of ginger, 2 large carrots, 1/2 peeled lemon

That doesn’t seem like a lot of food, and it isn’t. You are drastically cutting your calories down, but you are only taking in liquid nutrients, if you look at it that way.

Results

lose-weight-with-juices10 pounds in two weeks is not at all uncommon. The kind of vital nutrients that you are taking in turn your body into a fat burning machine. Theoretically, the fat loss could continue for any length of time, but you might find it hard to keep up with a juice fast for any extended period of time.

I noticed other benefits the most, though. You feel electric. A new kind of energy takes over your body and you feel better than you ever have before.

The Final Word

While juice fasting may not be for everyone, this is something you should definitely consider. You will most likely find that it will be very hard to avoid food while you’re fasting. You will probably experience some serious caffeine withdrawal if you’re like me and love you morning cup of Joe. But thousands of people have lost tons of weight using this method.

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