We’ve all heard of a juicing diet for losing weight. We’ve seen “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” We’ve considered going on said diet to lose that excess fluff. But what if I told you that this “miracle diet” is too good to be true? They praise the good aspects of it, but pay no attention to the potential drawbacks. Here’s some reasons juicing may not be for you:
You’re missing out on other quality nutrients
When you’re on the juice (not THAT juice, mind you) exclusively, you are missing out on quality amounts the other two macronutrients protein and fat. Depending on what kind of foods or juicers you use, you would also be stripping the food of its natural fiber. Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. says that “…whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing.”
Protein is needed to maintain lean muscle mass, which gives you a lean look to your body and fat allows you to absorb fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K. Fats also allow you to control your cholesterol and lowering your risk of a heart attack.
Fiber is what is needed to regulate blood sugar, prevent constipation, and aid in digestion, according to a report from The University of Washington.
These nutrients are something that every healthy individual needs, and an exclusive juicing diet can deny you of them.
It leaves you feeling hungry
When you juice, you’re only drinking the liquid of the things you have juiced. Yes, it can occupy volume in your stomach, but how fast will it digest?
Usually the fiber in the foods will control this, but with the fast acting sugars that are in fruits, it can cause a spike in blood sugar that will fade down fast, leading you to be hungry again. Also, depending on your juicer, with the fiber missing, you will just be consuming calories without getting that satisfied feeling that we strive for we when consume food.
Eating the whole fruit or vegetable is better for you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
It can lead to more health issues
In addition to the feeling of stomach emptiness, it could be bad for your health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that for every additional 100 grams of sugar per 2,000 daily calories, people had a 45 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
Sugar is dense in a lot of fruits and some vegetables. With the fiber stripped, it can let that sugar run havoc in your blood stream and your insulin levels, leading to possible type 2 diabetes.
What is thought of as “healthy” doesn’t look too good for your health, does it?
You can actually GAIN weight, if done incorrectly
When it comes to juicing, a fair amount of people assume that you automatically lose weight because you are eating only fruits, vegetables, things that are good for you. But it all comes down to how much energy you expend in a day.
If you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. The problem is that some people drink so much juice that they consume more calories than they burn, leading to weight gain. If you’re looking to gain weight, juicing could be an easy way to get some quality calories without having to eat much.
What matters is that you track your calories and your fiber intake. Make sure you eat slightly less than you expend. Juices won’t make you magically lose weight.
If you need to know of a safe way to do it, it’s not safe
This is just common sense. During my research, I found a lot of posts asking for a safe way to go on a juicing diet. With all of the mentioned downsides that come from an exclusive juicing diet, it’s no wonder why people try to look for a “safe” way to do this. Is it really worth compromising your safety and sanity for the potential loss of half a pound of fat over a longer period? I personally do not think so.