With the likes of anyone from Katie Price to Demi Moore jumping on the juicing band wagon, you’d think with their resources and wealth of advisor’s that the ritualistic pulping of veg on a regular basis must surely be a good weight loss and nutritional option. On the surface it sounds like a great idea, lots of vegetables, in a quick, palatable, low-calorie hit, which can only be a good thing – right? but actually they may be completely off point.
During a juice fast or cleanse, a person limits their diet to only fresh vegetable and fruit juices and water for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. The fast focuses on freshly made, unpasteurized juice from a juicing machine at home, or even in the office giving us that all important five a day. Juicers insist that blending your fruits and greens, into their bare essentials leaves the best nutrients in a watery easy to drink form which will help you, reduce toxins, melt off the pounds quickly and produce lots of positive physical energy.
People however tend to forget that detox juices are part of a £3 billion business, which is currently projected to grow 4 to 8 percent a year and when there is serious money to be made all the people come out to play, good and bad.
‘Juice fasts are simply not sustainable,’ says Natalie Jones, a spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association speaking in the Daily Mail. She adds: ‘If you’re doing it for health reasons, there’s simply no point. Any weight you lose, you’ll put straight back on again, possibly with extra because short-term, low-calorie crash diets like this mess around with your metabolism.’
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a ‘green juice drink’ per se, but actually eating whole fruits and vegetables is far healthier as you get all the vitamins and minerals plus the added benefit of fibre. The idea that your body needs help ridding itself of toxins is also false. While digesting food produces toxins, the body is made to eliminate them because the bowel cleanses itself, the safer way to keep things moving is fibre–the exact thing that juicing veggies and fruits removes.
Juicing Reality check
Flaking skin, hair loss and rotting teeth are the hallmarks of this latest A-list diet craze and some of the ugly side-effects that the marketeers of these juice diets funnily enough don’t often talk about. You can put it another way too, you are the product of millions of years of evolution. You exist because your ancestors were the best equipped for survival. Do you honestly think that your predecessors did nothing, but drink juice, without the pulp inbetween dodging sabre-toothed tigers?
It’s like all these type of things, do you want to live your life properly, or forever be checking out how many calories are in every tiny bit of food you let pass through your lips. You have to ask yourself, is that living? We don’t believe it is. The constant worry, the self blame and guilt the marketeers have thrust into your mind with their constant bombardment of having to look good, is something we help you fight against. Live your life, you only get one, if you want to have a treat now and again, do it, don’t be a slave to food, be it’s master.
We get a lot of clients obviously enquiring about weight loss and the one thing that keeps cropping up is the amount of diets they have tried, which have originally worked then after a while whether through boredom, or motivation the diet routine has been unsustainable and they have put more weight than they started with, this includes many now former devotees of the juicing phenomenon.
As we always say here, keep an open mind, do your research and pick the best solution for you to lose weight and to keep it off. Whether that’s with our weight loss program, one of our peers, or by combining a nutritionists dietary advice and a tailored exercise program etc, please make up your own mind, because when these new fads seem to good to be true, they usually are.
We are here-to-help, but unfortunately in this crazy world we live in, not everyone has your best intentions at heart.
Chris & Caroline x