I've run across articles that criticize doing this as you are consuming a lot of sugars from the fruits you juice. The other argument is that there is no medical benefit to depriving your self of fats and protein.
Here's my thing, I approach most things with a lot of common sense and a dose of scientific research. I'm not going to bore you with the results of my research but I will advice you to look into it, consult with your doctor and see if it makes sense for you in your life.
excerpt from webmd.com
And for me, it makes sense right now. It might not in the next 6 months or the next year or even tomorrow (I hope not that soon lol). But right now, I need a buffer system to get me from thinking about food all the time to just realizing that food while it may taste great is really just a fuel for the body. My happiness, whether I have a great time at an outing or not, should not be as a result of how much I ate or how many different dishes I got to sample."Juicing as an extreme weight loss measure is a fad diet. You can't stick to it for long -- and you shouldn't.On a juice-only diet, you may not get enough fiber to make you full. And it's so limited that you may rebel.“If you’re doing a juicing diet, you’ll be so tempted to eat something like a cake or donut because you’ve restricted yourself,” Barr says.You may also not get enough protein. If you are trying to lose weight by only juicing, then you are putting yourself at risk to lose muscle mass. Research shows that adding protein is essential to preserve muscle mass during weight loss.By the end of any extreme diet, your metabolism may have temporarily slowed down. Once you start eating a more normal diet, you’ll be prone to building fat cells, Villacorta says.What about juicing as a way to detox or cleanse your body? “I haven’t seen any research or science paper to support that cleansing is happening from juicing,” Villacorta says.Your liver and kidneys take care of that -- whether you're juicing or not."
My friend G has agreed to do this with me and for that I'm super stoked. Better believe that the hubby will not be doing it smh. He needs his food and I get it so I'm not going to "make" him do it with me.
Here is the plan:
- at least 4 days of strictly juicing
- I might start off by having a juice for breakfast for a couple of days
- then progress to replacing two meals until I feel I'm able to do a whole day then proceed to at least 4 days of only juicing
Some resources that I found helpful are:
- www.jointhereboot.com (if you want a free personalized juicing program running from 3 days to 15 days)
- www.runningonjuice.com (running and exercising while juicing)
- www.fatsickandnearlydead.com (great unbiased documentary that is very motivating)
- http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/juicing-health-risks-and-benefits (a great webmd article that gives you the pros and cons to make an informed decision that is sound)
Have you heard of juicing? Please share your thoughts on the practice.