With the endless amount of information about the health effects of fruit and veggie juice, you must be convinced by now that it can do a lot of good to you – especially if you are overweight and hoping to turn that around. However, there is always a downside to it, it seems. If you are afraid you may not be able to carry out your juice diet plan, you could be right.
Not everyone can do that and certainly not under any circumstances. It’s easy to feel hungry or to have cravings in the beginning, until your body gets accustomed. Below you will find precious tips for juicing, recipe ideas and rules that make your diet work and feel a lot better than you expect.
How to do the juice diet plan
The juice diet shouldn’t be radical. Don’t jump straight ahead and suddenly consume only fresh juice. You should take it easily and see how it goes. A great idea is to replace your breakfast with a rich, nutritive juice or smoothie (keep in mind that a smoothie retains everything, while a juice has all fibers removed). See the method below.
Aim to have 4 to 5 large juices every day. Bear in mind that it takes some effort, which is why it’s best to prepare enough juice in advance, at least for the whole day, if not for the next one too (keep it tightly sealed in the fridge, as to not lose its properties).
Make sure to cycle through recipes and have enough variety, in order to get a vast spectrum of nutrients. Juice fasting isn’t always recommended, because in most people this triggers higher levels of hunger, later causing overeating. At the same time, calorie deprivation can slow down your metabolism – the exact opposite of what you want to happen. You need to be aware of all aspects involved when you consider juicing as a weight loss strategy.
The health advantages of juicing
Firstly, you get a concentrated serving of vitamins and minerals, as well as enzymes, in one super-drink. Secondly, fresh greens or fruit juice is a beverage that’s extremely easy for the body to process. Besides, you can try so many different recipes, each with its distinct flavor, so it doesn’t get boring.
Since there are no filling fibers in juice (unlike with smoothies), you can have plenty of it without feeling full. This means you are free to pump as many nutrients as you like. In the beginning, you will experience hunger pangs and other mildly unpleasant symptoms until your body adjusts and begins using its new energy. When this happens, you begin to feel more energized than ever before, enjoying mental clarity and feeling no sluggishness whatsoever.
The hybrid method: juicing + eating
This is surely the easy way to bring fresh juice into your diet. Start by replacing every breakfast with enough juice to make you feel full and satisfied. Allow yourself to ear whatever you like during weekends, but not in large quantities.
After one week, replace the lunch, too. Simply continue sipping juice throughout the day. By this time, your taste buds have been ‘reset’ – meaning you stop craving unhealthy fats and sugars and would rather reach for a fresh elixir instead.
By week 3, you have already lost some weight and it gets easier to exercise and do more for your goal. Do this for 6 weeks for a noticeable improvement. In the end, you can lose up to 15 kg this way, which is spectacular!
Juice Recipes Examples
- Sweet melon and carrot juice
Peel one cantaloupe and juice it along with 3 carrots, then add a bit of ginger too, to enrich its flavor.
- Green weight loss juice
Add ¼ pineapple, 2 celery stalks, 4 kale leaves, 4 lettuce leaves, 1 handful parsley, 1 lemon, 1 piece of gingers, 1 chili. You may also use substitutes like apple and pear instead of pineapple and spinach, chard, mint, basil and cucumber for the greens.
- The fat dissolver
Get your metabolism revving with 2 peeled oranges, 1 peeled pink grapefruit, 1 romaine lettuce and several mint leaves.
- The super green juice
Add 2 juicy apples, half a pineapple, half a lime, a small cucumber, ice cubes, plus half an avocado, 1 oz wheatgrass powder and one teaspoon of spirulina. For added benefits, add probiotic powder, too.
- The booster juice
Mix ½ pineapple and 2 apples with ½ mug Alfalfa sprouts, ½ mug kale, ½ mug broccoli florets, ½ mug fresh parsley, one teaspoon of wheatgrass powder and 2 ice cubes.
Anything green or/and fresh will work well in your fat loss juice. Search the Internet or buy a juicing book for hundreds of recipe ideas. Note that 16 ounces of pressed juice have between 100 and 350 calories so it’s still possible to get fat, even if you consume only juice.
When used in moderation, it will get you a lean and light frame. Juice can decrease your caloric intake drastically and power up your body with a much needed influx of fresh nutrients, which will regulate every bodily function, including the metabolism of nutrients and the fat burning. To begin this diet, you will need either a cold press juicer or a centrifugal juice extractor.
Juicing becomes a pleasure rather soon and you will find yourself instinctively reaching for your “liquid meal” instead of your usual food, as the new habit forms.