Use only organic vegetables to avoid toxins, and to increase the nutritional value of your produce and healthy enzyme intake.
Stretch your budget!
Buy from local organic farms and in season vegetables and fruits whenever possible, as they are cheaper and certainly fresher, allowing you to get the most from your juicing dollars.
Watch your sugar intake!
Before you push that fruit through your juicer, STOP and consider this. Fruit is very high in sugar, and you can easily go into a calorie and sugar overload with just a couple of glasses a day, negating your weight loss efforts and the whole point of juicing.
One example is the 1 cup of spinach that has only 7 calories and no sugar versus a large orange that has 87 calories and 17 grams of sugar. Make your juices primarily from vegetables and add sweetness and flavor with low sugar fruits like berries, lemons, limes and small amounts of green apples. Ginger is also a great way to add flavor with little calories.
Stick with power vegetables!
Kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, greens, celery, cucumbers, and tomatoes are some of your key superfoods for juicing.
Stay active and exercise!
Being active and getting regular exercise is important for weight loss as it allows you to build lean muscle mass, boost metabolism and burn more calories.
There are hundreds of juice recipes online and in books, and you can benefit from these tried and true blends to get the most flavor and satisfaction from your juice.
Watch out for juice fast pitfalls!
According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, drastic restriction of caloric intake slows metabolism that can actually make it harder to lose weight. Losing weight too quickly on juice fasts that are too low in calories can cause you to lose more water and muscle than fat, and will likely result in regaining the weight you lost or more.
Instead, use juicing to increase your intake of energy boosting nutrient rich vegetables, especially if you are a person whose diet lacks them and to detox off junk food.
Add boosters to your juice!
Add ground chia or flax seeds to your juice, they are nutrient powerhouses that fortify your juice heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids also found in walnuts. Add protein or whey powder when using juice as a meal replacement to make you feel full longer, feed, and promote lean muscle mass and increase intake of lean protein in your diet.
Eat a balanced diet!
As great as juices are for your health, they are no replacement for whole food. Many people new to juicing attempt to substitute too many meals with juice, which does not supply enough calories to keep you fueled throughout the day, or enough fiber or other nutrients to keep you satisfied and healthy. This can lead to fatigue and hunger, which can quickly lead you to abandon your weight loss efforts. Eating a balanced diet also ensures that you meet all your nutrient needs and not go into starvation mode.
Don’t fall for juicing hype!
Yes, juicing is a great tool for your weight loss arsenal, but it is not a magic pill for weight loss. Learning to eat right and making profound dietary and lifestyle habit changes is key to long-term weight management success.
Thanks for watching and best of luck in your weight loss efforts!