Juice cleanses are becoming popular fad diets, and are being recommended as a quick way to lose weight and/or feel healthier. Many celebrities or fitness models have touted the brilliance of juice for health and wellbeing, and many people follow in their footsteps thinking they can shortcut the weightloss process, make their diet healthier, and make them feel better all at once.
As with any fad diet craze, there is two sides to this particularly tricky and potentially hazardous coin, and with this article we intend to shed some light on whichever side needs illumination the most. Perhaps you’d be better off finding a stockist of vitamins and supplements online and getting into a regular exercise routine, but the evidence will speak for itself.
Will it Help You Lose Weight?
One of the more often quoted pieces of misinformation about juice cleanses, is that they help you to lose weight quickly and without the need for strenuous exercise. This is not true, however there is a reason people tend to believe that they have lost weight. As you do your juice cleanse, you lose some weight rapidly, however that is mostly due to a loss of water through a calorie restriction. This can and will shoot back up to what it was before as soon as you start eating full meals again, and tends to be the cause of people misquoting their own weight loss experiences to their friends and family, making the juice cleanse trend spread further.
Will it Help Your Nutrition?
Some people don’t eat nearly enough fruit or vegetables to be healthy in their day-to-day diet, so a juice cleanse can seem like a great way to remedy this lack of vital nutrients, however it absolutely isn’t. The fruits in juice cleanses are often high in sugar and low in protein, which can add up to a nutritionally lacking diet. Sure you’ll be eating more fruit and veg, but you will be missing out on carbohydrates and fats and proteins that your body needs to continue functioning, so you may end up, nutritionally speaking, exactly where you are now, or worse off overall.
This is not a great way to increase the healthiness of your diet, and a better way would be to eat more fruit and veg where possible or, if a digestive disorder keeps you from doing this, take supplement nutrients to replace what you cannot otherwise get from your diet.
Will it Make You Feel Better?
This is the big question out of all of them, because some people will see the prospect of “feeling better” or “more energetic” as being worth the loss of water and key nutrients. You will most likely not feel better, as you will be missing your carbs and proteins, and through your tiredness you will likely begin to get irritable, as many people do, due to hungriness. Imagine spending a couple of days or weeks only drinking thick vegetable and/or fruit liquids, never eating solid foods for that time, and you’ll get a fair idea of how people tend to feel on juice cleanses.
Juice cleanses can be good for you when done in conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet, which is also known as “just eating more fruits and vegetables, in liquid form or otherwise”. A juice cleanse can be, at best, a strain on your digestive system and at worst, a nutritional nightmare.
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