Juicing for weight loss

Cold-pressed juices are healthy, full of nutrients and vitamins and exceptionally tasty. We can all agree on that, from toddlers to seniors. However, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds, then you should approach fruit juices with care. They are not the best for losing weight.

Fruit and vegetable juices contain a whole lot of good stuff: they are a great source of nutrients and fibers, and they have high levels of different types of vitamins and minerals. However, they also contain high levels of natural sugars. It, in turn, leads to a high-calorie count. So, if you are trying to lose weight, go for juices made from low-sugar produce with fewer calories, but with a lot of nutrients.

Common myths

lemon and lime juiceMost of us have heard how lemon and lime juice will melt the pounds away. That, of course, is far from the truth. Just drinking this juice without any alterations in your diet will not cause you to lose weight. However, this juice will surely make a good addition to your diet plan because, besides being healthy, it has a low-calorie count. This way, they can fit very nicely into a controlled diet.

You will also get a great boost with a dose of vitamin C, which is plentiful in lemon and lime. Vitamin C might even help your diet. Some studies have shown that this substance affects your cellular metabolism and helps you to burn fat while exercising. From an ounce of lime/lemon juice, you will get about 20% of your daily vitamin C dose.

Go veggie!

Vegetables have a significantly, if not drastically, lower calorie count compared to fruit. Your best bet for losing weight is to fill up your juicer with vegetables of various kinds. When you add fruit to the mix, you will get a richer, sweeter taste, but you will pay the price in additional calories. So, for a narrower waistline, juice only vegies.

The exact calorie count in your glass will depend on the vegetables your put into the mix. The green stuff, life butterhead lettuce, cabbage, bok choy, cucumber, and watercress, will keep the calorie count very low. These vegetables are mostly water. Some other vegetables, like tomatoes, carrots, beets – they have slightly more calories, but will still do nicely for a low-calorie solution.

Conclusion

Fruit juices are excellent but not that great for weight loss. If your goal is to lose weight, drink sugary juices with moderation or avoid fruit and make vegetable juices. For example, a glass of grape juice will have the same calorie count as a can of cola. Be tactical with your juice intake and measure the portions carefully.

One tip is to dilute your juice in water. Split the calorie count by mixing up half of your orange juice and half of sparkling water. You will still have the wonderful orangy taste, but with half the calories. For even better results, dilute the juice even more.