Has anyone done a juice cleanse here? They have become quite popular these days.
It is often believed that if one goes one a juicing diet, one will be in a caloric deficit and naturally lose weight. Then there are all the antioxidants, soluble fibre, minerals and vitamins that juices contain. I woud like to say that there are many factors that one must weight for weight loss, not just being in a calorie deficit. Juicing is good but a diverse diet often does better than just restricting oneself to only drinking juices.
Why juicing may not be always good?
Many people juice because they do not like veggies and fruits and this is a fast and easy way to get your recommended intake in. Yes. However, juicing also takes away the fibre which is crucial for our body. The insoluble fiber found in fruits and vegetables helps bulk our stool allowing it to move more quickly through our digestive tract picking up built-up plaque and toxins as it goes along. It also slows the release of glucose which helps balance blood sugar and avoid sugar crashes- A major key when looking to build and sustain energy and achieve weight loss.
I always believe that eating fruits and vegetables in their whole form is more beneficial to us. When our jaws chew, that also starts the digestion process in our bodies. With juicing this does not happen. Also, some antioxidants that are bound to the fibres in fruits and vegetables are destroyed when we juice them instead.
Severe caloric restriction when you do juicing may result in your weight going up at the end of the juicing process and the weight loss is difficult to sustain. Depending how much juice you take in a day while juicing, that would be between 600 and 1000 calories. That is in severe caloric deficit and this may actually cause your metabolism to slow down instead of increasing because our body thinks that we are in starvation mode and thus hangs on to fat stores even more. Juice diets are also likely to lead to nutrient deficiencies in the long term, as juices lack many important nutrients.
In conclusion as I always say, everything in moderation!
Anyone have any food for thought regarding this? Do share!