A vegetable is a vegetable, steamed, fried, blended, or juiced..right?
Not even close.
How the veggie is processed matters a lot to how you intend to eat it and what it does for your body.
For example, juicing 2 pounds of veggies makes a cup of juice you can drink quickly. Eating a raw salad of the same size would take you a long long time.
In fact, that's why juicing became such a favored method for cleansing and detox.
It's a fast way to consume a ton of natural, living nutrients.
But you're here for weight loss.
Juice cleanses and weight loss often get tossed together, but there's one thing most people are missing.
If you don't understand how a juice cleanse works, you'll end up blindly following what the juice company tells you.
We've found that this leads to smoothie companies selling gallons of blended up fruit juice and calling them cleanses.
Yes, that's bad.
If you're going to fork over $150 for a three day juice cleanse, you better know what you're getting in return..other than diabetic shock.
Let's sort out the difference between blending and juicing.
The Difference Between Blending and Juicing
Blending and Juicing are both good for you, but there is one main difference: with or without fiber.
Fiber is what you eat to help your digestion and keep your system regulated. In fact, removing this fiber is often a hotly debated topic in the health world. Read more about fiber and juicing here.
This is a key player in making you feel full, so remember this for later on in the post.
What is Blending?
You've probably heard of Nutribullet or Ninja Blenders. Vitamix and Blendtec are other brands of blends.
The idea is really simple, you fill the jar with some liquid, add your favorite fruits and veggies, toss in some boosters, and blend. At the end of the blend cycle, you have a rich, creamy drink called a smoothie.
Smoothies are great for turning your goodies into an easily consumable drink you can take on the go.
In a blended drink, the fiber remains in the drink. When your body digests this fiber, it requires more energy and releases more enzymes.
But whatever you're digesting is processed at a slower rate. This is good for a couple of reasons:
- Your blood sugar is maintained better. In other words, the fiber protects your body from absorbing sugar too quickly.
- Since digestion happens slower, high fiber foods can make you feel full faster.
So this sounds like smoothies have the potential to be good cleanse & weight loss candidates.
But here's what's missing: Imagine all the stuff you put into a smoothie. Now multiply that by 6-10.
That's a lot of stuff to eat. Guess what?
That stuff has to come back out somehow too.
So smoothies are great to have once or twice a day, in addition to your normal eating. But if you start doing smoothie cleanses, you're going to end up bloated from all that excess fiber.
So beware when someone is trying to sell you blended juices. That's just another way of saying smoothie, which is not ideal for cleansing or weight loss.
What is Juicing?
You might have heard about the Omega or Breville juicers, maybe even the Norwalk or Super Angel.
Juicing creates a smooth drink, because the machines extract the fiber from the produce. You stick produce in one end, and juice flows out the nozzle, while the pulp get ejected out.
The magic is in that vibrantly colored juice.
Since the fiber is extracted, only the nutrients are left in the liquid. This highly concentrated health boost is the reason juicing became so popular.
You are getting rid of what you can't digest (the fiber) and keeping on the highly nutritious vitamins and minerals - the main reason we eat fruits and veggies.
With juice, your body doesn't spend any energy fighting through fiber. Your body quickly absorbs all the nutrients, so it can focus more on cleansing and detoxification.
Just watch out for juices that are too high in sugar. Some juices (if they even provide nutrition facts) contain more sugar than even soda!
Since there's no fiber, you won't get that same bloated feeling you would have with smoothies.
After a juice cleanse, most people will experience:
- Clearer and softer skin, although your skin may initially break out from impurities leaving your body
- Much better digestion. By giving your digestive system a break, you're giving your body a chance to deeply expel any toxins lingering around.
- Much more energy, the kind that you feel after a really good night's sleep
So what about weight loss?
Juice Cleanse & Weight Loss
Juice is the clear cleanse winner, but how about some cold hard facts about weight loss?
Is a juice cleanse the holy grail of weight loss?
The answer depends on you.
Ok, put down the pitchfork and hear us out.
If you're already healthy, exercise, and live a pretty active lifestyle, then you will be cleansing because you know it's great for keeping your body in tip top shape.
Maybe you had a weekend of travel or questionable eating choices.. juice will help your eating get back on track.
If you're constantly eating out, coupled with long periods of inactivity, then a juice cleanse will be your most effective tool to reboot your health.
If this is you, many folks like you report losing up to 3 pounds of weight each day they're cleansing.
But really, a juice cleanse is the perfect way to get your health on track. Weight loss is just a bonus you'll get during your transformation.