Have you tried several different ways to lose weight but not succeeded? Are you ready to try one more thing?
If you are, you should definitely consider following a juicing weight loss plan. It has helped many people reach their goal weight, without even exercising (although they would have lost the excess fat faster AND achieved a better overall health with a proper exercise routine). Here’s how it works…
Losing Weight Without Exercise
To lose weight, many individuals turn to heavy and expensive exercise equipment or join costly gyms, all of which most often end up falling by the wayside. Meal plans that send food to the door can cost hundreds a month and often don’t even taste very good.
What Is Juicing?
Juicing is just what it sounds like. Fruits or vegetables can be run through a juicer, where they are chopped and pulverized until they come out the other end as a juice. All sorts of juices can be created – from banana spinach blueberry juice to an apple strawberry kale concoction.
Depending on the juicer that a person purchases, all or some of each fruit and vegetable item can be used. For example, some juicer units can handle the pits of a peach, whereas others can’t. On the other hand, all units can handle the “meat” of a fruit or vegetable, such as the food part of the peach, an apple, or the leaves of spinach.
What Are The Benefits?
We all know that to lose weight, we need to reduce the number of calories we consume. Luckily for lovers of vegetables and fruits, vegetables have little to no calories in them, and fruits (although sometimes moderate in number of calories) have so much fiber in them that it negates their net calorie value. So, obviously the number one benefit of juicing is cutting calories and thereby helping people to lose weight.
Other positive effects are that self-esteem and self-confidence go up, and loneliness, depression and anxiety go down. But there are many other great benefits as well, such as:
- Lowers blood sugar.
- Helps to stop inflammations in the body.
- Increases metabolic rate, which in turn increases fat burn.
- Balances hormones.
- Detoxifies the body of chemicals and toxins.
- Clears skin of conditions like rosacea, eczema, acne, and dandruff.
- Boosts energy levels.
- Helps to fix liver damage.
- Aids digestion
Are you are wondering how juicing for weight loss can help you? Well, there are actually more than one way to do it. The recommended way by doctors and nutritionists is to either choose one to three days per week when you drink only juice, or to choose one meal every day to replace with juice.
Remember, juice from the juicer is completely different and much healthier than what you can buy in your local store. Even compared to the beverages listed as “freshly squeezed orange juice” (that have become so popular lately). While oranges are certainly healthy and may taste wonderful in different recipes, the beauty of juicing lies in that…
- All sorts of vegetables and fruits can be incorporated to get a wide array of vitamins and minerals.
- It fills up the stomach with low-calorie items instead of junk food like pizza, ice cream, soda pop and fried foods.
Most people find that a diet plan that replaces one meal each day with juice is the easiest to carry out long-term. However, others who want to lose weight quicker may benefit more from juicing all day long for up to three days per week. Which way you prefer is entirely up to you, so choose wisely.
For those who are choosing to a replace one meal with juicing, simply pick the meal that is easiest to replace. For example, many people grab and go at breakfast and eat foods like donuts, high calorie muffins, fatty fried breakfast foods like sausage or high sodium microwaved breakfasts. Instead, wake up a few minutes early and prepare a juice.
To help you get started, here is a great breakfast juice recipe (for more, click here):
Yummy breakfast juice with coconut
- 1 small zucchini (ends cut off)
- 1/2 cup red cabbage (shredded)
- 1/2 orange (always remove citrus fruit peels, but leave as much of the white part on as possible as this has loads of nutrients)
- 1 red apple (toss out the seeds)
- 1/3 of a large cucumber or 1/2 of a medium cucumber (if peel is waxed, peel it off and discard)
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 cup blueberries (remove any stems or leaves)
- coconut to taste (pre-shredded is easiest and works fine, but if you want to take the time to cut into a whole coconut, that’s great!)
Directions: Wash all fruits and vegetables and pat dry with a towel. Remove the ends from the zucchini, the peel from the orange, the seeds from the apple, the peel from the cucumber and any stems or leaves from the blueberries. Quarter larger fruit and veggie pieces to make it easier on the juicer. Now you are ready to go. Juice away!
Drinking a juice like the one in the above recipe once a day can do wonders for your health. For people who are looking to lose weight for an upcoming wedding, drinking a juice like this for all three meals a day, three times a week will definitely do the trick!
For more juicing recipes, check out the book that comes with the juicer you purchase, or this list of highly rated books! As an added tip, you will notice that your juicer will separate the pulp from your juice. For more vitamins and minerals, try to incorporate that pulp into your meals by adding it to soups, or you can even add a few tablespoons of it back into your juice when you’re done if you don’t mind the texture.
Follow these simple steps, and results will come!