3 Ways Juicing Can Help You Lose Weight
01/29/2013 | 11:01 AM
Ever heard the concept of drinking your vegetables? I don’t mean grabbing a can of V-8 and going about your day. Juicing, coupled with a consistent exercise regimen and healthy eating habits, is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. And that’s not all. Juicing can actually help you lose weight. Here are 3 ways juicing can help you accomplish your weight-loss goals:
1) Make Juicing a Habit Instead of a Diet. Keep in mind, a diet is a temporary solution to a long-term problem. Don’t make juicing a hobby or something to do to lose 5 pounds for a party - make juicing a part of your daily life. In order to lose weight there must be a caloric deficit (you must burn more calories than you are consuming every day), juicing is a natural way to achieve that. It’s a great way to consume your daily recommended value of fruits and vegetables, without consuming the additional calories. Juicing also provides your body with the full benefits of whatever fruit or vegetable you’re using, that often depreciates when cooked. Kale, for instance, is loaded with manganese, vitamins K, A, C, E, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B1, B2, B3, protein and foliate. Kale is also the base of many juices, so imagine the benefits of a juice mixed with kale, cucumber, ginger and an apple (a personal favorite).
2) Juice Makes a Great Meal Replacement. The human stomach is generally the size of a closed fist. As you eat, the stomach stretches to accommodate what is being consumed. Years of over-indulgence take its course on the body, and the stomach adapts and grows larger, allowing you to consume more and more. To help combat the unhealthy growth of the stomach, begin to consume smaller amounts of food. Doing so not only boosts your metabolism (facilitating greater calorie burn), but it also allows your stomach to naturally decrease in size. What better way to expedite this process than a healthy meal replacement? Your body needs vitamins antioxidants, minerals as well as a plethora of phytonutrients in order to function dexterously, and fruits and vegetables supply these brilliantly.
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3) No Fat = Quick Absorption. The beauty of juicing is that it contains no fat. Juicing provides the body with all of the nutrients needed to sustain itself without the added fat. In addition, when you eat a fruit or vegetable, your body only consumes approximately 38% of the vitamins and nutrients needed. Most vegetables are high in fiber which makes your body work harder to digest and distribute the benefits. Juicing, on the other hand, has a 99% absorption rate, meaning the nutrients are going directly into your bloodstream, giving your body a higher bio-availability of nutrients available for use. Now be mindful, you need to be educated on what fruits and vegetables you need to consume. Some fruits are high in sugar like apples, which should only be consumed early in the day, while carrots help to maintain insulin levels in the body which helps to control your appetite. Spices like cinnamon, garlic and peppers actually promote fat burning which is essential to losing weight.
Please don’t jump into juicing without consulting your doctor, a dietician or nutritionist. Cheers to a healthier life, and happy juicing!
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About the Author:
Quentin Vennie is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer specializing in weight loss, weight management, strength/conditioning and mass building. He started training his family and friends for the love of it, until his work took on a life of it’s own. Only a few months after acquiring his certification, he started his own Personal Training Company, Life-Fx Training LLC. and has been transforming lives ever since. Quentin is in the process of opening the first Life-Fx Training Studio in Baltimore, MD. and continues to participate in speaking engagements, conferences and health fairs, spreading the word on the importance of health and fitness. For more information visit Life Fx Training.