Juicing diets and juice detoxes have been quite popular for a while now.
Just like every diet that you could think of, there are success stories of people who stuck to the plan. There are also plenty of people who lost a little weight then gave up and let the bad habits creep right back in.
We have all heard about the benefits of juicing
but are there some disadvantages as well.
Read on to hear the reasons why you shouldn’t bother with juicing…
… Then keep reading to find out why you should juice…
Then there will be a conclusion at the end…
Don’t bother with juicing diets or juice detoxes
Have you ever tried a juicing diet?
The logic is that if you just drink fresh juice made from fruits and vegetables for a period of time your system will get cleansed… You should also lose weight…
Of course you will become more cleansed, because you will be giving your body a chance to clear toxins. To do what it does naturally when you stop bombarding it!
Will you lose some weight? Of course you will this is not rocket science, ever heard of the cabbage soup diet?
Any diet that does not include the regular protein or carbohydrate inputs will lead to extreme weight loss.
If you look at your raw juice ingredients what do you have? Some fruit and vegetables! Perhaps some spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg.
This is not new.
It is not revolutionary. This is probably what our ancestors ate when they couldn’t catch any animals or fish to eat. Nothing new here
If you eat mostly fruit and veg you will lose weight. Often a lot of weight. This is not rocket science…
What have you achieved by juicing?
You have save some chewing?
Juicing fruit such as oranges or pineapple will actually increase the amount of sugar that you will be consuming. 2 whole oranges might fill you up more than 6 juiced oranges. If you drink the juice from 6 oranges you will be consuming 3 times the amount of sugar.
What is so great about that? Plus you will have to clean the juicer after. What a drag. You will also miss out on the fiber and the sense of fullness that you would have got after eating say, 2 oranges.
Where is the benefit? Why not eat the oranges whole and get all of the goodies including a sense of fullness.
The same goes for carrots. Try an experiment. Wait until you are really hungry then juice 3 carrots and drink the juice. Wait for 30mins… Still hungry? Then try eating 3 carrots. A huge difference.
Don’t forget the fundamentals while you are chasing gimmicks and new trends. If I had a branded juicer for sale maybe I would saying different things. Maybe I would be encouraging you to buy my juicer with a free recipe book.
The recipe book might recommend you to add cinnamon, wheat grass or lemon grass to your designer shake. But you will still be consuming fruit and vegetables, regardless of how impressed your friends are.
Whilst cinnamon and different grasses are great. You do not have to be a juicer. You can get the same benefits or more by eating whole fruits and vegetables…
Juicing for optimum health and vitality
OK, so you can get the same nutrients by simply eating raw vegetables…
How is that working out for you lately?
Exactly, who sits and munches their way through a plate full of raw vegetables? How many of these people do it 3 times a day?
Juicing allows you to consume a large amount of concentrated nutrients in a small amount of volume.
I would never be able to consume the amount of healthy goodness as I do with my juices, if I were just eating the raw ingredients. Especially the herbs and spices.
In fact, it is because I can mix and match the different tastes that I stick to eating so much vegetable matter. I am not the worlds biggest fan of vegetables, but when mixed with orange juice, lemon juice or some cinnamon I turn a sometimes unpleasant experience into an enjoyable one.
The proof is in the eating though. You just can’t beat the burst of health that you experience after drinking a large juice drink. I just don’t get that sharp healthy buzz from vitamin pills or boiled vegetables.
You might think that the buzz or the burst of energy is psychological. Firstly I would say no, that is not correct. You would say “you are bound to say that as people experiencing placebo effects really do feel like the medicine is working.”
You say it is all in my mind?
Even if it is in my mind, don’t cramp my style. All success and achievement starts in the mind anyway, let me have my healthy energetic buzz, regardless of where it is coming from. I am sure that the vitamins, minerals an live enzymes are perfectly real however.
OK I have to clean my juicer, but I can make enough in the morning to last all day. I soon make the 5 minutes back through the extra energy.
I do limit the amount of fruit that I juice to keep the sugar levels under control. If I still feel hungry after my juice there is nothing stopping me from eating an apple or raw carrot anyway. Juicers and juicing rule!…
So, I just played devils advocate here, and argued both sides. What is my overall verdict? Juicing is great to add some change and spice into your diet.
It doesn’t really matter whether you are drinking fruit and vegetable juice, eating the same goodness raw, or a mixture. As long as you are consuming plenty of that healthy goodness. Juicing is a good idea in conjunction with an overall healthy and nutritious diet.