Juicing is all the rage when it comes to healthy living and weight loss, and it seems like there is no downside to it. Most people are aware that fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for a healthy diet. Bring the logic further and you figure that being on an exclusive juice diet should be a healthy way to lose weight. Well, it is, and it isn’t.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are important for health, and it can lead to weight loss. However, it is not enough in itself to sustain you for very long. If you stay on a juice diet for too long, you will deprive your body of essential nutrients that you can only get from protein sources like meat, and carbohydrates from whole grain and nuts. A good rule of thumb is to use juicing to detoxify and kick start weight loss gradually, and to stay on a juice diet for short periods only. Here are other tips for juicing for weight loss.
- Use raw vegetables and seasonal fruits, preferably locally produced and organic. You help the local farmers, save on some serious money, and get the freshest, safest raw materials for your blends.
- Stay active while juicing to accelerate weight loss. You need to get your circulation going so that the detoxifying effects of juicing can take effect. If you do not have regular bowel movement, consult a doctor. An obstruction may be present keeping you from eliminating your wastes.
- Vary your recipes to stave off boredom. You can get tired of even the most delicious blends if you drink it every single time. Go for different base tones in flavors and textures. It is easy to find juice recipes online, so do your research.
- Drink lots of water to encourage elimination. You need more water than you can get from fruits and vegetables, so keep your water intake up. It is the best way to detoxify even if you are not into juicing.
As a final tip, always pay attention to how you are feeling. If you start feeling lightheaded or ill after juicing, you may be undernourished. Consult a dietitian or your doctor to give you advice on what you should be eating with your juice.