A daily fresh made juice can be an awesome addition to many diet plans, even if juicing in itself is not a weight loss program. There has been a major fad in utilizing juice fasts as a way to lose weight, although it is a dramatic approach. Some people have actually lost a lot of weight by this method, yet it’s extremism can lead to a flip in the other direction – fast weight gain again. Extremism can lead to yo-yoing, but not with everyone – it appears to depend on your psychology. Thus a juice fast can actually be a great reboot for some, but not all.
As a rule, losing weight by less extreme methods is a better habit and more maintainable.
Vegetable or Fruit Juice?
An essential aspect of any health eating plan is to keep blood sugar levels balanced and even. Blood sugar levels that spike and tough repeatedly lead to severe food cravings. When blood sugar levels drop, the urge to snack or binge on sugary foods becomes strong. Clearly this is a difficult way to lose weight. This is way it may be a better idea to focus on vegetable juices. While awesome in nutrition levels, fruit juices also contain sugar, an 8oz glass of pure fruit juice, even if freshly made and organic can be quite sugary. Even as sugary as a soda, but with high nutrient health benefits however!
In contrast, vegetable juice recipes can be an helpful aid to a juice diet plan. Especially green juices. Leafy green vegetable are very minimal in sugar content yet the most nutritious of vegetables with potent detoxification abilities. Add a little carrot juice to the green juice and it will be become more palatable. This will be a lot less sugary than a fruit juice, and just all health benefits! Your blood sugar will thank you for it.
Don’t over do it on the carrots though, just one or two per juice. Carrots do have a little sugar content.
The Nutrition Factor
Any fresh-made juice recipe is an awesome source of nutrients that boost our energy levels and wards off some of the ‘lows’ of dieting. With some weight loss plans there can be the issue of not getting enough nutrients stemming from limited food intake. Juicing provides vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in a big way.
Fat Burning Spices and Herbs
There are a few groups of food that helps us burn extra calories each day. They have a direct effect on the metabolism and can help in other ways too. These foods can be used in our juice recipes for weight loss.
- Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels. With more even blood sugar, there are less cravings for sweet things!
- Cayenne pepper gives a little zip to a juice and adds some fat-burning properties to the juice too! Hot spices help boost the metabolism, even for as long as 3 hours after ingesting them.
- Ginger just like cayenne, boosts the metabolism. The strong anti-inflammation properties of ginger helps if you exercise as part of your juice diet weight loss plan by reducing the aches and pains associated with working out.
Juice Diet Recipe 1
The V8 for weight
1/2 a beet
1/4 of a green pepper
1/4 of a red pepper
2 celery stalks
1/2 a sweet potato
1/2 a cucumber
Optional: add a teaspoons of cayenne or cinnamon
Juice Diet Recipe 2
Slim & Green
1 celery stalk
handful of kale
handful of spinach
Juice Diet Recipe 3
The Gingery Zippery
1′ slice of ginger