Are you trying to lose some weight?
Juicing for weight loss can help you achieve great results, but you may be wondering how to do it right…
What is the best juice for weight loss… is it fruit juice or vegetable juice? How much to drink? How often? Can you eat other foods, or, like Joe Cross from the Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead movie, should you go all the way and do juice fasting for fastest results?
To help you figure this out and set up a perfect strategy for juicing weight loss, you need to understand the properties of both and why juicing for weight loss may be a good strategy to jump start your diet efforts.
Juicing for Weight Loss: Vegetable or Fruit Juice?
Vegetable Juice for Weight Loss
Fresh vegetable juice – made with fresh vegetables and greens – will provide your body with loads of nutrients that it needs to function on the optimal level, while being very low in calories, which makes them the perfect choice for weight loss.
You see, even though you are overweight (which means you have been consuming plenty of calories), that doesn’t mean that you have been supplying your body with all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and everything else that it needs to function at the optimal level. In fact, usually the opposite is the case. Most foods that cause us to gain weight provide us just with “empty calories” or, even worse, provide us with dangerous and toxic materials that your body needs to get rid of to stay healthy, such as food preservatives, unhealthy fats, food additives and colorings, etc.
Vegetable juice is well known for its detoxifying properties. It can help you to cleanse your system of waste materials, including solid materials. That will lead to a quick reduction in weight for you.
Because most vegetables don’t have as much sugar as fruits, veggie juice is a great addition to weight loss plans and fitness programs. The problem with some of the vegetable juices, especially the green juices, is that they taste unpalatable to some people. If this is a problem for you, it’s best to add more sweet tasting vegetables to your recipe (such as carrots, beets, or sweet peppers) or a little bit of fruit to your juicing mix, such as an apple or pear.
Fruit Juice For Weight Loss
Like vegetable juices, fruit juices supply our bodies with great nutrients. For example, citrus fruit juices are particularly well-known for their healing and weight loss qualities.
However, most people who are thinking about weight loss are concerned about the high sugar content of fruit juices.
For this reason, the best solution for juicing weight loss success is using a combination of juices. While simply creating apple juice or orange juice is fine, the best benefit will come from combining mostly vegetable sources with a little fruit.
Try to aim for 70-80% of vegetables and greens, and 20-30% of fruit juices.
This type of combination maximizes nutrition and lowers the overall level of sugar found within in the finished juice.
Another great thing about fruits is that they are high in soluble fiber. Fiber can help to regulate your colon and allow you to process food more efficiently. If you want to preserve fiber (which will also help to slow down the absorption of sugar) would be not juice your fruit, but instead, run it through a high quality blender. That will allow you to get your daily fiber as well as extra nutrients from your fruit juice.
Juicing Recipes For Weight Loss
So, what is the best juice for weight loss? That is really up to you. For the best results, you probably should do a combination of both. In any case, you’re likely to lose weight and feel more healthy too when you follow a sensible juicing program.
The nice thing about both fruits and vegetables is that you have the ability to change things up. It’s not as if you only have one fruit and one vegetable to pick from. There are many different types of each.
Find some juice combinations that you like. Juicing for weight loss doesn’t have to be boring or feel like a chore. You should be able to find some great juice recipes that you actually enjoy and can benefit from health wise.
Here are a few fruit and vegetable juice recipes to get you started:
Carrots & Greens Juice Recipe
4-8 leaves romaine, spinach and/or kale
2 apples (optional to cut astringent taste)
Carrot Spinach Lemon Juice Recipe
3 medium carrots
2 cups of spinach
Carrot Cucumber Apple Juice Recipe
3 medium carrots
1 medium cucumber
Apple Celery Spinach Juice Recipe
1 medium apple
2 celery stalks
1-2 cups of spinach
Apple Cucumber Surprise Juice Recipe
1 medium Apple
2 celery stalks
1-2 cups of whatever veggies in your kitchen
Celery Juice Recipe with Strawberry
5 Celery Stalks
1/2 cup of strawberries
Celery Beet Cleansing Juicing Recipe
2 celery stalks
1 cilantro bunch
a handful of spinach
Refreshing Cleansing Celery Pear Cucumber Juice
4 stalks celery
Green Lemonade Recipe
4-8 leaves of romaine lettuce and/or kale
2 large apples
1 carrot (optional)
Mean Green Juice Recipe
4 stalks of celery
1 cucumber — (peel off skin)
1 ginger root — (thumb size – peel off skin)
1/2 lemon — (skin cut off)
2 green apples
6 kale leaves
You pretty much can’t go wrong with most recipes if you have as your base apple, cucumber and carrot for the majority of your recipe to mask whatever other veggies you might not enjoy to juice on their own.
Juice in juicer and drink throughout the day! You can drink as much of these as you like.
It’s best to drink your juice on an empty stomach, for example, first thing in the morning to jump start your day.
Unfortunately, most people hop out of bed in the morning and grab a coffee – often sweetened and thickened with cream – then look around the kitchen for more sweetness, figuring that’s the energy boost they need to start the day.
That is why I can’t stress enough how keeping your menu to liquids -vegetable and green juices! – in the morning is an excellent way to aid your body’s natural repair cycles. Since our bodies are usually far too acidic, this is a good way to help flush out all the bad things and replace them with the good ones we need.
Drink your juice slowly, “chewing” it in your mouth.
Remember, to be successful at losing weight, you also need a lifestyle change (a healthy diet and continued exercise).
Good luck and have fun!
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