Juice cleanse diets are a popular trend to many people especially at the beginning of the year. They say these diets are good for detoxification, prevent colds and even cancer, not to mention “weight loss” in the big picture. I tried it and it felt good. Although… I was wondering on how it really affects other people. So I made a research.
A natural juice every now and then may be good for your immune system or even to your overall health. Take note however, that it has pros and cons. Too much of a lemonade for example (like for weeks), is not beneficial. It may cause more acidic reactions to your digestive system like an acid re flux. This can do more harm than good to your health.
What is Juice Cleanse Diet
Throughout a juice cleanse, an individual limits their diet program to simply taking the fresh juices of fruits and veggies. It also includes water for between a couple of days to weeks. The program focuses on fresh juices. Those canned and unpasteurized ones are not included in the option.
People have usually two options to obtain fresh juice:
- Buy them straight from a fresh juice manufacturer, or
- Make their own
In Lemonade Diet or also known as the “Master Cleanse”, you are only permitted a salt-water drink, a “lemonade,” as well as an herbal laxative tea for that first ten days of the program. You cannot have solid food, and also you can’t consume alcoholic beverages.
After ten days, you will be able to progressively add back meals, only a couple of in the beginning. Beginning with juice and soup, and resulting in raw fruits and veggies. Following this, the program requires eating hardly any meat with no dairy.
You should have more patience aside from discipline. Effort. Effort. Effort.
Will you lose weight?
USnews.com says, “How could you not, with nightly laxatives and so few daily calories (650 is about one-third of the number most adults are advised to get)? But don’t expect lasting results: You’ll mostly be losing water weight and lean muscle mass—not fat—and fasting may stall your metabolism, making you more likely to regain once you resume a normal diet.”
What about cardiovascular health benefits?
According to health.USnews.com says, “While weight loss typically leads to heart-health benefits—like reduced blood pressure and a decrease in “bad” LDL cholesterol—studies have shown that continuously gaining and losing weight, and being on low-calorie diets long-term, can stress the heart.”
Livestrong.com explains, “without sufficient calories and nutrients, the Juice Diet can cause low blood sugar levels, tiredness and physical weakness. Since we also reap fluids from foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, soups and milk, you may experience dehydration.”
So the ultimate question is,
Does it really work?
Dr. James Dillard, assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City comments, “There’s nothing wrong with going on a juice fast for a few days”. “But it’s not a great way to lose weight, because you’ll gain it all back — you yo-yo. It’s just like the Atkins diet. The weight you lose is water weight.”
According to WebMD, “Because you’re getting so few calories, you’ll probably lose weight. You’ll also be losing muscle, bone, and water. And you’re likely to gain the weight right back.”
The answer is no.
“There’s no proof that detoxifying leads to long-term weight loss. Plus, you don’t need to detox your body — your liver takes care of that.”
That means you have to take care of your liver if you want your detoxification really great. And “for lasting change, you’re better off eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins like fish, skinless chicken or turkey, and healthy fats like olive oil.”