Does Juice Fasting Help You Lose Weight?
So, my wife and I are browsing through Netflix several weeks ago and we spot a movie called "Sick, Tired & Almost Dead." The title is compelling enough to hold our attention and we start to stream it instantly.
In a nutshell, the documentary is about a guy who is overweight and unhealthy who wants to get better. He discovers juicing, taking fresh fruits and vegetables and juicing them daily and drinking the juice as a meal.
He likes the initial results and decides to go on a 7 day juice fast. This 7 days turns into 14 days, then 30 days, then 60 days. He sheds lots of weight and all of vital statistics improve dramatically. Then, he becomes a juicing crusader, driving across America showing others the benefits of juicing, filming the interactions and reactions.
We were inspired by the film and chose to do a seven day juice fast as well. But, we didn't want to invest in an expensive juicer not knowing if we'd like it, or would have the willpower to stick to the fast.
What we did instead was purchase lots of Naked Juice, specifically the Green Machine product. It has all the good greens that support healthy metabolism and contain micro nutrients that help the body at a cellular level. For 7 days, I existed on nothing but this naked juice, Carrot juice, some frozen smoothies (frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches and mango) and water. I did cheat twice by drinking coffee (black, no sugar).
At the end of seven days of my juice fast, I had shed 12 pounds! My face was noticably thinner and my clothes fit better too. My wife also lost an additional 7 pounds of weight. She combined her juicing regimen with one serving of protein daily, because the juice alone wasn't cutting it for her and the long hours she puts in every week.
The downside.... I was constantly tired. The ideal way to juice is to sip on the juice slowly throughout the day to avoid the inevitable crash from consuming 28 grams or more of carbs all at once. My body also feels better with proteins, so being without proteins made me feel a little "off." The other drawback was that I did gain about 5 pounds back after two weeks of returning to a more balanced diet, but I am okay with that! Still a net loss of 7 pounds!
We've also all but eliminated grains from our diets. So, for example, we do hamburgers, no bun. Grains and processed fructose-based products can contribute to excessive weight gain. Corn products are also consumed sparingly (though we do like popcorn). And they contribute wasted calories to our diets. On occasion, we buy Doritos and make nachos; but that is the exception, not the norm.
Is a juice fast right for you? Maybe! Talk to your physician first. If they give you the green light, I suggest trying the pre-made juices from Naked Juice since they come closest to the juice you'd make for yourself with a juicer.
We have invested in a quality juicer and are having fun exploring the complexities of ingredients like Kale, Spinach, Fennel, Parsley, Ginger Root, Garlic, along with Apples, Bananas, Kiwi and Lemons. It feels great, is good for our waistlines, and tastes wonderful!