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Lose weight juicing the healthy way without dieting!
If you’re looking to get your weight in check, I have three very compelling reasons to start juicing.
Juicing and Weight Loss
Unfortunately juicing gets a bad rap in the media and has been tied to extreme dieting. Extreme dieting is not what I’m talking about here. You can lose weight juicing without skipping meals or going on an all juice diet. Juicing should compliment a sensible diet.
With all of the controversy, I can only speak for myself and my own experiences when I say that I’ve lost weight (stubborn post-baby pounds) and I’ve continued to maintain a healthy weight by adding fresh juice to my diet 3-4 times a week.
Lose Weight Juicing – Benefit #1
Drinking fresh juice has added key nutrients to my diet. Why is this important? Have you every had a craving for something salty of sugary? Or have you ever eaten a full meal and still had an empty feeling in the pit of your stomach? My cravings and over-eating stopped when I started drinking fresh juice on a regular basis. For me, cravings were a cry from my body for nutrients, not another piece of cheesecake!
Lose Weight Juicing – Benefit #2
Juice is very filling. I like to drink a 16 oz. glass of fresh vegetable juice just before lunch. Drinking juice before a meal helps me eat less and sometimes I can even skip a meal. Give it a try, you can really lose weight juicing if you stick with it.
Lose Weight Juicing – Benefit #3
Juicing is a great way to detoxify your liver and kidneys. When your body is free of toxins, your skin glows, you have more energy and your body doesn’t have to work as hard to shed pounds!
What About Fiber
Remember how I mentioned that juicing should compliment a sensible diet. It’s true juice contains little to no fiber, but that’s okay. If you’re eating a sensible diet with nut, seeds, whole grains and veggies with every meal, you’re getting plenty of fiber.
Tips on Buying the Right Juicer?
There are basically 3 different types of juicers: Centrifugal, Masticating and Manual.
I bought a centrifugal juicer because I have a family of four and needed to be able to make a lot of juice quickly. Masticating and manual juicers do leave less pulp but they extract juice slowly.
Centrifugal juicers are also much less expensive than masticating. When I bought my juicer, I wasn’t sure how much I would use it so I didn’t want to spend more than I had to.
I’m happy to say that I made a wise investment. I bought a Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s still going strong today after 7+ years of constant use! If you’re looking at buying a juicer, you can still get this same model. It hasn’t changed a bit which says a lot about the quality.
Other Things to Think About When Buying a Juicer
If you’re not buying a manual juicer, make sure to get one with a powerful motor. My mom bought a different juicer with a less powerful motor and it was always seizing up on her. I haven’t had any problems with my Breville. It’s a workhorse with an 850-watt motor and great at juicing everything I throw at it, from leafy greens to firmer veggies.
Clean-up is a big factor when buying a juicer. Juicers need to be cleaned after every use and you don’t want a juicer that has tons of tiny, nested parts. You also want to make sure that everything is dishwasher safe. Mine came with a brush to scrub the stainless steel cutting disc and there are only 5 parts to throw into the dishwasher.
Look for a wide-chute. I throw whole fruits and veggies into my juicer. My Breville has a wide-chute so I don’t need to chop anything. This one feature has saved me tons of time over the years.
If you have any questions about juicing let me know in the comment section below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Happy Juicing!