Juicing diets have become pretty popular. I hear people talk about them all the time and how they're going to start with a juicing diet to jump start their weight loss. While I've heard many great things about these diets from people who have tried them, I remain skeptical and have yet to become interested in trying one myself. I even did a Google search about them to see if there was something I was missing. Fortunately, most of the articles I read from other dietitians mirrored my opinion about them.
There are many different juicing diets and fasts out there, and usually they consist of consuming only one specific concoction for a set period of time. My issue with this is the utter lack of adequate nutrition you get from consuming only liquids for any period of time.
While making your own juice is great - it eliminates the addition of extra sugar and other extra ingredients, and can help you meet your goal for fruit and vegetable intake for the day - the benefits really end there.
If you've read any of my past blogs, you know I'm not a fan of quick fixes when weight loss is concerned. Of course you're going to lose a few pounds if all you're consuming all day is juice - you're significantly reducing your calorie intake! But this weight loss isn't sustainable once you go back to eating whole foods. In addition to calories being cut down, you're also missing a lot of other great stuff when all you're consuming is liquids: fiber, protein, healthy and necessary fats are among a few.
Juice fasts also claim to rid your body of toxins. The truth is, no matter what diet you're on, you're body is ridding itself of toxins. The liver and kidneys are experts at getting rid of toxins and there isn't anything you can eat that's going to make either of those organs work better than they already are.
If you're looking to lose weight, you want to make changes to the foundation of your diet, not just try something for quick results. By cutting down on empty calories, increasing fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, as well as making sure you're exercising, you'll not only be nourishing yourself to the level your body will benefit best, but you'll also lose weight.
Have any of you tried a juice fast before?