Juice Cleanse - Yay or Nay?
Whether you are getting ready for a wedding or a spring break trip diet is on your mind. So, what’s the best way to drop some extra pounds?
Well… There is always the option of juicing. But what are liquid diets really all about?
Basically, over the last few years juice bars and juicing have become VERY popular. You always hear how great people feel after a juice cleanse and how much weight they have dropped. There may be some benefit to this other than just dropping weight. Some people do them because they don’t get enough nutrients in their bodies. I personally travel for work a lot and the most difficult thing for me is to find something that is quick but healthy to eat. Most places are just flooded with fast food. What would be better is if this nutritious option helped me drop a few pounds along with it.
Juice cleanses contain a ton of vitamins and minerals. Especially those heavily based with vegetables. Most people say their digestive system is working much better after a cleanse. This allows your organs to kind of get a break. Digestion is a hard process for the body. It is very similar to intermittent fasting. Other benefits include an immune system boost from the vitamins and minerals, as well as toxins leaving the body. This all results in weight loss. Cha-ching!
Now...what are you compromising with this juice cleanse? Well, some dangers of juicing are that they are significantly low in protein. This is not critical unless you are doing a cleanse for weeks at a time (NOT RECOMMENDED!)
They are low in calories which results in the weight loss but can make you very lightheaded. After about 10 days of a low-calorie diet like a juice cleanse will put the body into starvation mode. This may do more harm than good. Your body is trying to conserve more energy which will slow your metabolism down because it’s not sure when it will eat again.
Also, you may not feel so great while doing this cleanse. I know people rave about this stuff, but the reality of the matter is that you’re taking in significantly less calories than you normally would along with little to no protein. This is going to affect your energy significantly. It is going to make you moody. Think Hangry x1000.
Be very cautious of doing this if you’re pregnant, breast-feeding, or taking blood thinning medications. A lot of green veggies have high vitamin K levels which can lessen the effects of those drugs!
All in all, I actually think this is a great way to boost your immunity. It’s great for traveling and to flush your system occasionally and drop a couple pound before a trip. This is certainly not a long-term solution and should not be done for more than seven days. After that you’re essentially putting your body at risk as well as your metabolism.