Juicing can seem like an attractive option for many people who want to get healthier and maybe even lose a little weight. However, there are so many myths flying around about juicing, that it can be hard to decipher whether it’s right for you or not. Plus, there are right and wrong ways to go about this kind of thing. In this post we’re going to debunk those juicing myths once and for all.
Myth: Juicing Will Help You To Lose Weight
Juicing can help assist in weight loss, but it won’t help you to lose weight alone. In fact, if you don’t do it right, it could even make you put on weight! There are still calories in juice, and if you use a lot of fruit, there can be lots of sugar too. This means that you might not actually be in a deficit, depending on your portions and what you’re eating alongside your juice. Everything should be done the healthy, balanced way. This means a couple of juices a day (filled with mostly vegetables), alongside healthy balanced meals and a reasonable deficit (you shouldn’t be starving). Then you will likely lose a little weight. Never use juicing alone as a way to lose weight!
Myth: Juicing Can Help You To Detox
The body naturally detoxes itself. We have organs especially for this. Juicing doesn’t force the body to detox. Sure, it can give us a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and other goodness. But it definitely doesn’t detox us like most people think it does. Detoxing is just a buzzword. By simply living a healthy, balanced life, you won’t need to think about ‘detoxing’.
Myth: Juicing Is Really Healthy
Juicing isn’t necessarily healthy. It all depends on how you make your juices. If you fill your juices with different fruits, you’re going to be getting a lot of sugar. This is why it’s important to incorporate as much veg as you can. You can even use herbs and spices. Using fruit will sweeten up your juice, but too much of a good thing can easily make it detrimental to your health. For instance, if you smoke 20 a day and eat a ton of chocolate, and then drink a juice thinking it makes up for it, you’d be wrong! It’s all about balance.
How To Juice The Healthy Way
Now you know the myths on juicing, it’s time to learn to juice the healthy way. All you need to get started is veg, fruit, and a good juicer. You can read a review of the Breville JE98XL here to get an idea of what you need. Here are some more pointers:
Stick to 1-3 juices a day and balance with healthy meals.
Fill your juices with vegetables, and only a small amount of fruit.
Experiment with the fruits and vegetables you like.
Sometimes, keeping it simple is best. Ingredients like apple and lemon, as well as carrots, apple, and ginger can make amazing juices.
Have fun juicing!