The juicing detox takes many forms, and it’s in very high demand these days. It has become a huge trend in the world of fitness and weight loss enthusiasts, especially after the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” was released. The film was based on the amazing health and weight loss benefits that come from consuming fresh juice every day. But as with every movie that boasts to have found the cure for all mankind’s diseases (or most), all should be taken with a grain of salt. Let’s have a look at what juicing is, and how it can be done to benefit the body without overdoing it.
What Is Juicing, After All?
Juicing is a very easy and fast way of getting a lot of vitamins and minerals in your diet without having to eat salad all day long. You can have the benefits of broccoli, cucumbers and spinach while also adding some strawberries in the mix, and making the juice palatable.
The juicing detox diet consists of having several days where you replace all meals with fresh juice. The protagonists of the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” showed great improvements in their health, and they lost a lot of weight, by doing this for a few weeks in a row.
Where’s The Fiber?
Juicing is often criticized because it basically removes the fiber from the vegetables and fruit, which, some say, reduces the “healthiness” of this detox diet. If you’ve ever used a juicer you know how it works: you cut fruit and vegetables into chunks, and you put them in the juicer. Here, they are grated at high speed (depending on the juicer) and the juice runs through a strain. The pulp can be easily removed and thrown out, and the juice can be stored for up to a couple of days in the fridge.
Another controversy regarding the juicing detox diet is that it provides too many calories with too little elements that keep you full. When you eat vegetables and fruit, or when you drink a smoothie, you have all that fiber that keeps you full. So overall in one day you consume a normal amount of calories, whereas juicing, by removing that fiber, only keeps the calories. Yes, you get the carbohydrates that give you energy, which is great, but overall you are ingesting very many calories- sometimes too many- so the weight loss effect is not guaranteed.
Can This Juicing Detox Work?
Yes, and no. It really depends on how it’s done.
If you add juice to your daily meals, or if you replace one meal with juice (let’s say, breakfast), it can definitely be beneficial. After all nobody can deny that natural juice has a lot of vitamins and can help boost your immune system. However, it is not a sustainable long term plan.
If you’re doing this for the weight loss, I would rather recommend doing a smoothie detox, because smoothies contain the fiber that helps you feel full for a longer time. And if you only have a juicer and no blender, don’t worry! You can add some of that leftover pulp (which you would normally throw away) to your juice, and get a “sort-of-smoothie” which will be delicious, nutritious, healthy and with a great detoxifying effect.
Have you tried the juicing detox diet? Let us know how it worked out for you, and how long you’ve tried it… maybe we learn something new.