Vegetable juicing for weight loss is popular. Juicing is a good way to consume more vegetables as it floods the body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients. Juicing vegetables greatly benefits the digestive tract. But if weight loss is the primary goal, then here are some things to keep in mind.
Juicing to lose weight
Juicing can be done in several ways. Some do a juice fast, drinking only fresh juice for 1, 3, 5 or more days.
Others replace one meal a day with fresh vegetable juice. For example, they eat breakfast and lunch but swap the evening meal for fresh juice. Others feel that drinking juice for breakfast works better.
Whatever the case, adding more vegetables by drinking them can be helpful to control weight. Vegetables contain nutrients that lessen inflammations. Juicing can also improve the gut bacteria composition. Both factors affect the level of obesity.
Too many carbs in juice for weight loss?
This depends entirely on the kind of fruit and veggies used. Some writers claim that juicing is not very healthy because the juice contains too many carbs, a leading cause of obesity. However, this faulty thinking is based on the premise all ingredients are loaded with sugar.
However, there are many low-carb ingredients as lemon, lime, ginger, kale, parsley, cabbage, radishes, broccoli, cucumber, celery, spinach, bell pepper, fennel, green apples, and others. And even if someone choses to juice ingredients containing more sugar to replace unhealthy, processed food, it’s still a huge improvement. But yes, juicing for weight loss works better when the ingredients are low-carb.
Vegetable juice is…
- nutrient dense
- low-calorie food
- easy to prepare
- good for a natural detox
- great for the body’s metabolism
- quickly digested and assimilated
- supporting good bacteria colonizing the gut
- rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients
Juicing stimulates the body’s metabolism and at the same time lowers the calorie intake. The result is that it’s easier to lose weight without feeling under-nourished or starved.
Juicing + probiotics = better weight loss
Combining fresh juice with probiotics works well for controlling weight. Why is that?
One reason is that toxins in the body are mostly fat-soluble and conveniently stored in fat cells. The more toxins in the body, the more fat is needed to store them. And the body will stubbornly keep the fat unless somehow it can be triggered to eliminated it safely.
And elimination is key. The body uses several exit routs—the skin, the stool, and urination are a few. Therefore, using hot baths or a sauna you can sweat it out. However, a common problem is that toxins do not find their way out from the body quickly enough and are therefore reabsorbed. Enters probiotics.
Main point: Probiotic bacteria promote the elimination of toxic waste through the digestive tract and the stool.
Probiotics work in synergy with enzymes and nutrients in freshly pressed juice enhancing the effect. It’s like 1 +1 = 3. The end result is bigger than the value of the two agents involved. Therefore, consuming fermented food and fresh juice together supports weight loss.
Juicing with probiotics
A juice fast can last for 3-10 days and during this time only fresh juice is consumed. However, adding fermented foods or a probiotic supplement can increase the benefits of juicing for weight loss.
Some aim to juice three days. After three days they decide if they can go on for another two days, and so on. This is good strategy.
- 3-6 times a day drink a glass of juice of your choice
- Still, drink plenty of pure water
- Consume fermented food like sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt (unsweetened), natto (or use a probiotic supplement)
- At the end of the juice fast, start consuming bone broth.
Living Green juice
- One green apple
- 2-3 carrots
- An inch of fresh ginger
- Half a lemon
- 1-2 probiotic capsules
Rinse veggies in water. If you use organic produce, you don’t need to peel the lemon and ginger.
Empty one or two probiotic capsules in the juice. Use a hand blender to mix. The juice can be stored in an air-tight jar in the fridge for a day or two.
1 cup of kefir or yogurt (unsweetened)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice (unsweetened)
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup cranberries (or juice)
1 small banana
1/2 fresh orange
Handful of fresh baby spinach
Amounts are approximate. Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. If the smoothie gets too thick, add more cranberry or pomegranate juice.
- 1 piece of fresh ginger (1-2 inches)
- 1 green apple
- 2 lemons with peel
- 1 probiotic supplement capsule
This shot is a favorite! Great for the gut. This recipe makes two shots. Take a probiotic capsule together with the juice.
- 2 green apples (Granny Smith)
- 1/2 normal size beetroot
This is a classic recipe I learned from Jay Kordich. It has a strong taste and can boost liver functions. The liver must work well to lose weight.
Juicing for weight loss works better if adding probiotics daily. Fresh juice and probiotics are a dream team.