Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss
Here we will look at juicing to help in weight loss, but if you want to lose faster, take a look at doing a little strength training too. Lean muscles use 35-50 calories/hours/pound while just sitting around. Fat uses just 5. Any fat cells you replace with muscle helps you lose weight and keep it off, and strength training can be as simple and inexpensive as lifting parts of your body or pulling on a resistance band or tube.
Losing weight is more and more difficult as we age. This is primarily because of the natural decline in metabolism which accounts for about three-quarters of the energy we expend daily. Our metabolism slows 10% per decade. Additionally, our biological inheritance from the days when we climbed down from the trees further reduces our metabolic rate any time our bodies think we are on the verge of starvation. In modern terms, that means every time we reduce our food intake to reduce our girth, our body carefully harbors all its stored fat, as it assumes we are undergoing a famine. So to lose weight we need to consume even fewer calories than we usually envision.
It seems like all the good things to eat have lots of calories and all the good-for-you-foods are boring and need to be eaten in huge quantities. Either that or they are tasteless, or both. Our bodies crave food and our minds usually crave sweets. All this makes weight loss seem like a lost cause, right?
Wrong. juicing recipes for weight loss can be just the thing that keeps your calorie count down far enough to actually lose the weight you want to take off. There are three reasons for this:
1. Juice comes from naturally low calorie foods—fruits and vegetables. You get a great deal of taste for minimal calories.
2. Juices can be made of dozens of combinations—you never need to repeat yourself, if you don’t want to. Boring is just not an issue, nor is tasteless.
3. You get to fill your craving for sweets in a concentrated form without concentrating the calories, particularly when you include fruits in the juicing mixture.
So where can you start? It might be simpler than you think. A super mid-afternoon thirst quencher can be made from 2 ingredients. Research has shown that we are often thirsty—even to the edge of dehydrated—in the mid-afternoon, not really hungry. Try 2-3 glasses of water and one of these lovely sweet craving-quenchers.
Apple Pie Juice
3 Granny Smith apples, cored
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Juice the apples, stir in the cinnamon. Enjoy!
This is a very concentrated source of sweetness. While it helps stop cravings, it might cause spikes in blood sugar, an issue for anyone who is diabetic or pre-diabetic. So try this unexpectedly tasty, but less sugary, treat that is wonderfully high in Vitamin A and fiber.
The Odd Couple
1 sweet potato, cut into pieces that fit your juicer
1 apple, cored
Juice, stir and enjoy. If you want more of the taste of Thanksgiving yams, add a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, or both.
The Apple Pie Juice and The Odd Couple are taken from the Great Juicing ebook. It has other recipes especially for weight loss, along with recipes for detoxification, boosting your energy, retarding aging, lowering your blood pressure, and more.
Now let’s look at a great alternative to the endless salads of the usual weight loss program. Salads can take so much time to chew and chew and chew that it becomes a problem to eat them in the time we have in our lives. So try this incredible jucing recipe alternative. It gives you much the same nutrition—only more concentrated. And it is delivered in a far more convenient form. Here you have the salad vegetables, the dressing zing, and a fruit to end the meal, all wrapped up together. Want something else in your liquid salad? Just put it in! You can stir in a bit of dried tarragon or dried basil after the fact, or add 2-3 leaves of either or both of these fresh herbs to the juicing mixture. Experiment-then enjoy!
1 apple, cored, sliced
3 carrots, greens removed, peeled
1/2 lemon, peeled
1/2 green pepper, sweet
4 leaves romaine lettuce
Process all the ingredients in the juicer. Stir, sip, and enjoy!
Now you have a sample of juicing recipes for weight loss, you can keep experimenting. Just be sure to keep one or another of these juices at hand to enhance your nutrition while quelling those sneaky cravings. Soon your need for weight loss will be a thing of the past. Happily, drinking these wonderful juices will continue to give your meals and snacks much on-going enjoyment.
Best Juicer to Lose Weight and Gain Energy
Here’s a video on one man’s juicing to lose weight and the juicer he uses, an Omega VERT. He compares the VERT favorably to his earlier purchase, a Breville Juice Fountain. See our reviews of Omega VERTs.
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