A Guide To Juicing For Weight Loss

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This is a reprint of an article we have published in several ezines and blogs.

Real and permanent weight loss often seems to be a goal as hard to achieve as an Olympic medal. But you can enjoy the benefits of juicing and also shed pounds with these juicing recipies for weight loss.

Drink one to two glasses of juice daily. In this quantity, you will consume the nutrients of 4-8 times as much raw produce — probably about the amount of veggies and fruit that everyone has always recommended. The real advantages of juicing are the convenience and the increased nutrient value; even the very same juice bottled commercially will have lost many of the most volatile nutrients to oxidation and heat. Those are three of four of the juicing benefits — freshness, maximum nutrition, and convenience.

The following recipes show you the fourth juicing benefit: the endless variety available in your home-made juices. Start with this one from the Great Juicing book:

Pineapple-Orange Rapture

4 oranges
2 cups pineapple
1 sweet potato

Process in juicer. Stir. This is very high in vitamins A and C — a great morning drink. Kids love it — just don’t mention all the ingredients. This juice by itself is very sweet, so use it mostly for flavoring other juices with a high vegetable content.

Do not get carried away with a juicing diet. Diets that claim to lose more than 1/2 pound per week are probably unhealthy. That includes a diet of just juiced fruits and vegetables.

A juice fast of 1-2 days may be good for cleaning out your system and helping you jump-start a juicing diet for weight loss, but do not continue without adequate protein and fats, as well as the carbohydrates the juices do not provide. And do not juice all the veggies you eat. You need plenty of fiber to keep your intestines working.

Drinking the 1-2 glasses of juice daily will provide you not only with many basic nutrients, but it can give you a great deal of sugar. Juices, especially those with a lot of fruit or carrots, can be very sweet. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, be careful with these ingredients. Stick more to the vegetables — not bad advice for any weight loss plan. Vegetables, except carrots and sweet potatoes, are generally low in calories. Use the sweet ones sparingly to jazz up the vegetables. Here’s another recipe:

Red Wonder Juice

3 carrots
1 apple, cored
1 cucumber
1 beet
1 stalk of celery

Juice. If you think this juice needs a bit of a zing, add fresh ginger to taste!

Experiment with including more vegetables and less of the sweet stuff to further reduce the calories and the effects on your blood sugar.

You will win a gold medal when you apply your own program of juicing for weight loss. No matter how you do it, you will have the juicing benefits of convenience, nutrition, freshness, and variety as well as weight loss. Please mount the award stand now!

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