- 1 apple
- ¼ pineapple
- 2 carrots
- 2 cm ginger
Juicing and weight loss | 3 questions and answers | Recipes
If I only drink juice, will I automatically lose weight? How can juicing help me to lose weight? What are the best kinds of produce for promoting weight loss? We will answer these three questions, and include some helpful recipes for weight loss.
#1 Will I automatically lose weight if I just drink freshly-pressed juice?
Not necessarily. The body loses weight only when it takes in less calories than it consumes. If you consume less calories from just drinking juice, then you will lose weight. But in the long run, juice fasting isn't suitable for long-term weight loss because it shouldn't be done long-term. The body needs other nutrients that you cannot get from juice, such as fats, proteins, and insoluble fiber to maintain muscle mass and metabolic levels.
Juice fasting can restore energy and help you lose weight for a short period of time, but shouldn't be done for more than a few days. As always, it should be done in consultation with your doctor.
#2 How can juicing help me lose weight?
Fresh fruits and vegetables should make up about half of your total caloric intake each day. Juicing makes it much easier to reach this goal, as it's much easier to drink a glass of fresh-pressed juice than to eat a kilo of fruits and vegetables. It can help with weight loss and improve mood and energy levels.
The body absorbs up to four times more nutrients from fresh juice than from whole fruits and vegetables, if it is consumed on an empty stomach. You should drink it 30 minutes before eating anything, or at least two hours after eating for optimal absorbtion of nutrients.
Fresh juice provides soluble fiber. But it's important to eat some whole fruits and vegetables as they provide valuable insoluble fiber.
#3 What produce should be juiced, and how much?
Fresh juices contain almost the same calories as whole fruits and vegetable, as the juicer is mainly separating the insoluble fiber. Slow speed juicers will do a much better job keeping the nutrients than high-speed centrifugal juicers, which have a lower juice yield and can cause foaming and oxidation.
When choosing produce with weight loss in mind, try to focus mainly on vegetables and leafy greens, which are much lower in calories than high-sugar fruits. You can add some fruit for sweetness. We recommend lemons, limes, strawberries, watermelon, Granny Smith apples, oranges, or pineapple. Some vegetables such as carrots and beets are naturally sweet. A little ginger also helps spice things up, and adds important nutrients.
Recipes with weight loss in mind
These recipes are designed to help with weight loss. Like all juices, they will help hydrate and energize the body. But they have some other benefits specific for weight loss.For example, grapefruit contains narigenin, which promotes fat burning. Cucumber and celery can reduce swelling in abdominal tissue. Ginger is a natural metabolic accelerator. Cabbage is densely packed with nutrients. And pineapple contains bromelain, whcih promotes the excretion of fats.
- 2 apples
- 2 carrots
- 4 celery stalks
Green fat dissolver
- 3 kale leaves
- ½ lemon
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1 cucumber
- fresh parsley to taste
- 2 grapefruits
- 1 lime
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cm ginger
The best juicers for weight loss
Versatility, quality juice and quick cleaning. These are the benefits of slow juicers.
We recommend slow juicers for many reasons. First of all, they make the highest quality juice, not only better tasting but also higher in nutrition. The gentle cold-pressing doesn't create heat or foam and preserves the vital nutrients. Also, since they are easy to clean, they are more likely to be used every day and not relegated to the back of a cabinet.
Here are some recommendations:
- ease of use, great for soft fruits, cleaning within 3 minutes, virtually self-feeding → for these criteria, a vertcal slow juicer fits the bill (Sana 828, Omega Mega Mouth)
- versatile, great for leafy greens and root vegetables, can process sorbet and nut butters, cleaning withing 2 minutes → consider a horizontal slow juicer (Sana 707, Vidia)
- most technically advanced, high yield, easy cleaning in 2 minutes, versatile → we recommend the Sana Supreme