So it’s three weeks until your best friend’s wedding and you’re wondering if juice fasting will help you fit into your little black dress. It’s gained in popularity in the last 5 years as a way to shed pounds and get healthy on the double. But does it really work?
Fasting is one of the oldest ways to alter the body’s state and has been used by religious groups for thousands of years as a way to clear the mind and reach a higher state.
Juice fasting has become trendy in recent years as a type of fasting that will detox the body and ramp up weight loss.
Drink just fruit and vegetable juice for days or weeks and watch the pounds fly off.
Many celebrities get reported on about using juice fasting to slim down for a role, or to get rid of post baby-weight. This creates instant hype leading many women and men to think that this will work for them as well, and will give it a try get ready for an upcoming special event like a wedding, or the holidays.
What isn’t usually brought up during these interviews and special reports is that these celebrities were already fit, either before they had a baby, or just in general. They didn’t use juice fasting as a cure-all to take them from fat to fit.
Juice fasting can be more or less expensive than other dieting methods depending on which route you take. If you get a juicer and juice your own fresh fruits and vegetables the costs can be quite high, even higher than eating normal food. Fresh produce is one of the most expensive items in the store, and juicing them does not yield very much product and produces a lot of waste.
If you buy pre-made juice in the store you can expect to save more money, but should not expect as good results as if you blended your own. Food and drink manufacturers are notorious for cutting as many costs as possible, and the juice that you’ll buy in the store probably has just as many harmful things in it as good. The point of juice fasting is to remove impurities from your body, and you just can’t do that with store-bought ready-made juice.
Different juice fasting programs will have varying levels of what sort of commitment they require. The one thing that all will have in common is that you must eliminate most every other food and replace it with drinking juice. Most will come with their own recipes for the types of juice you should drink, as well as which foods you should avoid and which are OK.
The other variation is the length of time you’ll need to be on them. Some can last a few hours, a common one is 24 hours, while others may last a week or several weeks. The longer the program the more you’re usually able to supplement your juice intake with other foods, keeping you feeling satisfied but still purging the body of toxins and stored fat.
Does Juice Fasting Really Work?
It depends entirely on what your goals are. If you want to lose weight and keep it off for the long term then juice fasting will probably not get you the desired results. It can make a good start to a dieting program, but is not designed to be a diet program in and of itself. You may notice some immediately weight loss, but this is do to the drastic drop off of calories, and you will gain this back as soon as you are done fasting.
If your goal is to give your digestive system a break, or to reach a higher state while you practice mediating, or to help remove toxins from your body during a detox regimen, then juice fasting may help you to achieve this end.
Using juice fasting as a quick fix to lose weight is not a healthy option. If you want to start a weight loss program or have an important social even in the near future, be sure to give yourself ample time to start things off the right way. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are the only time-tested proven ways to lose weight and keep it off.
The thing that most people seem to forget is that those same celebrities that make the news because they went on a juice fast, end up back in the news months or years later as they battle their weight gain.