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What is the Juice Diet and is it Effective for Weight Loss?
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How does the juice diet work?

Juice diets involve consuming only juice and no solid foods for varying amounts of time from a few days to months in extreme cases. Basically it involves throwing a heap of vegetables and fruit in the blender or juicer at every meal and consuming only this. Commercially produced juices are not allowed as only fresh unpasteurized juices are considered appropriate for the diet.

The idea behind the diet is that drinking only juice will ‘detox’ the body and get rid of harmful toxins that have built up in our body and are stored in fat. It is also advertised as a get thin quick very low calorie diet, which people presume is healthy as it is based on fruit and vegetables.

A lot of people also remove the pulp from juices, thus removing all the fibre and leaving a drink that is little more than water, sugar and some nutrients.

There are also more extreme claims such as that a juice diet can cure cancer.

Will it cause weight loss?

A juice diet is very low in calories and as such may cause weight loss fairly quickly initially. However, this reduction is likely to be mainly contributed to water loss. If followed in the long term, weight loss will probably result, however, due to the low energy content of the diet; this may well be muscle loss as the body simply does not have enough energy or protein to build muscle.

Reduced muscle mass has the effect of slowing down your metabolism, as does reducing your calorie intake to a very low level.

Your body is then more likely to store energy rather than burn it as it perceives itself to be in a state of fasting, meaning that when you start to eat normal food again it is likely that you will regain all the weight lost and possibly a bit extra quite quickly.

This type of diet has a similar effect to yo-yo dieting when weight is lost, and then regained rapidly as soon as the diet is finished.

Is there any evidence?

There are no scientific studies investigating the effects of juice diets on weight loss and general health. Many followers of juice diets report great weight loss and ‘feeling healthier’, however it is likely that large amounts of initial weight loss are due to water loss.

There is no evidence suggesting that detox diets of this type are necessary for the body, which is well equipped with its own systems, the liver, kidney and digestive system, for eliminating harmful substances from the body.

The American cancer council has stated that there is no evidence to support the use of fasting diets to treat cancer. In fact the lack of protein is likely to be detrimental to those undergoing cancer treatments that often require increased energy and protein diets to maintain their body weight and fight the illness.

The one benefit that may come from a juice diet is an increase in fruit and vegetable intake, providing valuable vitamins and minerals that may not be consumed on a daily basis.

Is it safe?

A one day detox or even one that continues a few days will probably not be harmful for the majority of healthy people. However, there are still likely to be some undesirable side effects such as lack of energy, headaches, hunger and frequent bathroom trips.


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2012-09-12 17:37:46 by JDL90

An all vegetarian diet is probably the best. Especially freshly made organic vegetable juice multiple times a day. Also, throw in some superfoods such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seed, goji berries, cocao beans and coconut oil. (all the above are organic ofcourse) Avoid dairy as cheese and yogurt are hard to digest and milk is dead and nutrition-less and actually makes your bones weaker. (do your research) This has been my diet for the past 4 years and I havent gotten sick not even once. This diet also cures 95% of all disease. Look up "The Gerson Therapy" and watch "The Gerson Miracle" on netflix or youtube

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