Juicing For Healthy Weight Loss

juicing for weight loss

Juicing has many health benefits, and one of the biggest is as a weight-loss aid. Juicing adds a burst of nutrient-rich energy and health-promoting enzymes, while adding very few calories and almost no fat to the diet. It can be used to “jump-start” your diet with a juice fast, or used as a meal replacement; as well as being used as a part of individual meals.

Juicing is also an easy, delicious way to add fruits and vegetables you don’t care for to your diet. Adding a vegetable or fruit you would normally refuse to eat to a juice blend full of things you DO like will provide the nutrients you may be missing out on, while the flavors of the other ingredients cover the taste. The greater the variety of foods you include in your diet, the better you’ll feel, and the less likely you’ll be to have cravings or “backslide.”

When choosing ingredients when juicing for weight loss, look for a full range of colors, and use more vegetables than fruits to keep the calorie counts lower. Fruits are necessary, for both flavor and vitamins, but they tend to be higher in sugars, so a little goes a long way. In addition, using the freshest ingredients possible will provide more vitamins and minerals, and fresher fruits and vegetables contain more moisture as well, so they’ll provide more juice than something that’s been sitting in the refrigerator for a while.

Some excellent fruit choices for blends are:

  • apples
  • oranges
  • peaches
  • pears
  • plums
  • lemon
  • lime
  • pineapple
  • mangos
  • passionfruit
  • cherries and berries
Vegetables that work well include:

  • spinach – rich in vitamins and minerals, spinach will help mellow out stronger flavors and bind them together
  • broccoli and brussel sprouts – not popular vegetables, but highly nutritious, juicing is an easy way to slip broccoli and brussel sprouts into the diet
  • bell peppers in every color – bell peppers contain more Vitamin C than citrus fruits, and are also rich in antioxidants
  • beets and beet greens – very strongly flavored, beets should only be used in blends, not used as pure beet juice
  • turnips and turnip greens
  • Kale, collards, and mustard greens – dark leafy greens are a good source of calcium and iron
  • carrots (and tops) – carrots contain many vitamins and minerals, are rich in beta carotene, and full of antioxidants. Although most of us automatically chop off the green tops, they also make an excellent addition to your juice
  • celery – celery is an excellent source of magnesium, and is a mild diuretic. To avoid clogging the juicer with the long fibrous strings, cut it into short sections for juicing
  • cabbage – cabbage juice oxidizes quickly, beginning to lose vitamins and minerals as soon as it’s juiced, so it should be added last, and the juice should be used immediately
  • asparagus – rich in asparagine, an amino acid that is destroyed by cooking, asparagus is also a mild diuretic
  • fennel – similar in nutritional content to celery, fennel adds a sweet, licorice flavor to blends and helps to sweeten the breath
  • parsley – provides high levels of chlorophyll, as well as reducing the strong odor and flavor of garlic. Parsley should be juiced with other vegetables, since the dense pulp can clog the juicer by itself.
  • cucumbers – cucumbers are high in potassium and other minerals, and are an excellent addition to a juice blend
  • lettuces like romaine or leaf lettuce (iceberg lettuce is very low in nutrients, and should be avoided.)
  • garlic – with more health benefits than can be listed here, a clove of garlic is an excellent addition to your juice
  • onions – with multiple health benefits similar to garlic, adding a slice of onion or a whole green onion is a wonderful way to perk up the flavor of juice blends.
  • ginger – strongly flavored, with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties, ginger will add a bit of spice and heat to juice blends. Start with small pieces until you’ve determined how much works for you.
  • hot peppers – capsaicin (the component of peppers that makes them hot) has been shown to have many health benefits, and juicing is a way to get capsaicin into your diet even if you don’t like hot foods. In small amounts, (remove the seeds for less spiciness) you can add the benefits of capsaicin without adding too much “heat.”
For even more flavor and health benefits, you can toss in a few leaves of your favorite fresh herbs, but these have strong flavors, so start with small amounts and build up slowly if you like it. Good choices include:

  • any of the sage varieties
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • thyme
  • lemongrass
  • lemon balm
Juicing is a great way to get essential vitamins and nutrients into your diet and to help your body work at its optimum to speed up fat burning and accelerate your weight loss.

All you need to get started is a good juicer and perhaps a few recipes to get you started.

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