So anyone who knows me knows that I hate the word 'diet' and all the connotations that come with this ugly word. I believe it puts unnecessary pressure on people and sets them up for failure because most are unrealistic in their construction and expectation. Any eating plan that restricts, deprives or eliminates a food group is not one that I care to try.
Do any of them take into account for actual living?!
Mega marketing machines work overtime and prey on people's insecurities, desperation, weaknesses and impatience for instant results when it comes to being fit, lean and beach body ready. One of their big time campaigns is the all too familiar Juice Diet. For those not in the know of what the Juice Diet entails, allow me to elaborate.
“Juice fasting, also known as juice cleansing, is a fad diet in which a person consumes only fruit and vegetable juices while abstaining from solid food consumption. It is used for detoxification, an alternative medicine treatment, and is often part of detox diets.”
So now that we have refreshed ourselves on the basic premise of this particular diet, who thinks it will work?! Or should I ask… who finds this appealing?!? I’m going to give you a moment to really consider your answer. Hopefully logic will steer you in the right direction. And if it doesn’t, then I have some points that should help you out.
Here are a few points that you need to consider before committing yourself to this fad diet.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DETOX EFFECT… NOT!!!
· One of my biggest pet peeves is when people casually throw around statements about
how this or that diet will detoxify your body. I’m calling BS on that!
· The premise of doing juice cleanses or similar liquid detox regimens is false. The body
does not need any help in getting rid of toxins.
· There are detoxifying enzymes in the liver that break down alcohol and other drugs,
and the kidneys handle water-soluble toxins.
THE APPROACH IS SCIENTIFICALLY UNFOUNDED AND EXPENSIVE.
· There's no scientific evidence that juice cleanses are a sensible approach to better health.
· The ideology of giving the digestive system a rest is ridiculous. The digestive system
operates every day to digest foods, and it doesn't need any rest.
· 99% of people who follow this diet end up losing a crazy amount of their hard earned
· Ready-made specialty juices do not come cheap and you will need to bulk buy because
that is all you will be consuming.
· If you make the juices yourself, then you need to buy a juicer and all the ingredients. It all
adds up and can be very expensive and time consuming.
CLEANSES ARE USUALLY LOW IN PROTEIN.
· We need a daily supply of protein to build healthy immune cells and regenerate muscle
following a workout.
· Many juice fasts and liquid diets involve consuming no protein at all, or have very low
amounts of it
· For healthy people, consuming fruit and vegetable juices for three days may not be
harmful. However, there is high possibility that someone may fall ill because these plans are drastically low in protein.
· Older adults are more prone to infections if they attempt a juice fast or liquid diet due to
their already low protein stores.
· In the juicing process of fruits and vegetables, fibre is mostly removed. This can be
detrimental because fibre helps us feel fuller, aids in digestion and prevents constipation.
THEY ARE LOW IN CALORIES.
· Depending on which cleanse a person does, the calories that a person winds up
consuming daily can range from about 800 to 1,200 calories.
· The body then tries to conserve calories by slowing down metabolism, because the
body is unsure when it will be fed again.
· Juice cleanse typically reduces calories in a person's diet, and can help people lose a
· HOWEVER, when people exclude their favourite foods for a period of time, they tend to
reward themselves afterward, and even go overboard.
· Any pounds shed during a cleanse are mostly water weight, and will likely be gained back
once usual eating habits resume.
PEOPLE MIGHT NOT FEEL SO GREAT WHILE DOING IT.
· Common side effects such as headaches, fatigue, difficulty thinking, moodiness, stomach
pain, hunger pangs, changes in bowel function and frequent bathroom visits.
· Cayenne pepper can irritate the colon making this diet a concern for people with sensitive
digestive systems, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Other side effects may include bad
breath, dizziness, diarrhea and a white tongue.
· For Diabetics, too much juice consumption can lead to unstable blood sugar levels.
· Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people with compromised immune
systems or advanced heart, liver or kidney disease should also avoid juice cleanses.
THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS
So I hope this sheds a little bit more light as to whether juice diets are worth doing or not. I think you know which way I’m leaning but it’s up to you to make up your own mind.
You need to understand that there are NO shortcuts or quick fixes. Our bodies do not operate that way. If any kind of weight loss is done drastically, it will never last long term. In fact, it will be so short-lived that you will most likely end up gaining all the weight back and then some!
So please remember to take your time and make sure you commit to your new healthy eating habits/lifestyle; you exercise or move daily and consistently; and you get a decent and restful amount of sleep every night. You accomplish these 3 things and you will be laughing all the way to the healthy bank!!
There are no secrets with me. Keep it open and honest without any sales pitch to get you to buy into something that is unhealthy and risky.
PS: Eat the whole fruit or vegetables instead of just the juice. It’s much better for you!