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There’s no shortage of diet fads out there for losing weight quickly. Juicing and juice fasting is one that has been around for a while—its premise being to consume fresh-squeezed juice from fruits and vegetables daily or exclusively for a day or up to 10 days or more.

The problem is that the process of juicing extracts the nutrients and water from a vegetable or fruit and leaves behind the fibrous pulp. While the act of squeezing out some of the good stuff in fruits and vegetables—antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc.—screams healthy elixir, this processing also removes the nutrient-rich skin along with healthy fibre and a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals.

There is also one other major caveat: sugar is squeezed out, too.

Depending on what fruits and vegetables are chosen to juice, the sugar content can climb pretty high. Without the fibre to slow down absorption, drinking the juice can send blood sugar levels spiking and crashing, leading to feelings of extreme hunger, irritability, and fatigue.

For example, a juice containing three beets, two carrots, two stalks of celery, one cucumber, and one small apple is about 40 grams of sugar—compare that to the 39 grams of sugar in a 360ml coke! These high sugar amounts result in poor blood sugar control and increased risk of chronic disease over time.

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What’s not in a juice during a juice fast is another matter. If calories during a juice fast remain low, you’re sure to stimulate fat metabolism. But with that breakdown of fat, there will be release of toxins and your body will need certain nutrients to help properly detoxify. For example, some B vitamins and amino acids act as important co-factors for the detoxification process. Any juice fast lasting more than two days is also sure to lead to muscle breakdown because of lack of protein. Protein is vital for maintaining muscle while calories are being reduced, because any reduced-calorie diet, including juice fasts, can result in weight loss, but without proper protein, muscle will be lost as well.

Protein can be found in a variety of foods, but not all sources are created equal when it comes to absorption and supporting muscle growth and weight maintenance. Protein is made up of amino acids. There are 20 amino acids in all that we need; nine of which are labelled “essential” because the body cannot make them and they must be consumed through our diets. Foods that have all nine essential amino acids are called “complete” proteins. These include dairy, chicken, beef, fish and eggs. Foods that don’t have all nine essential amino acids are “incomplete” proteins – grains, beans, nuts and seeds.


For building muscle, whey protein reigns not only because its a complete protein, but also because it has a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’s). BCAA’s – leucine, isoleucine and valine – can be absorbed readily to stimulate muscle growth, especially if consumed after exercise.

The right dose of whey protein (about 20 to 40 grams) can help you hold onto muscle mass as you lose weight. By nourishing muscle tissues, whey protein supports a healthy metabolism and stimulates fat loss more than other types of protein. It’s really a double-win situation.

In addition, getting adequate fibre – both soluble and insoluble fibre – is needed to help promote regularity, which is vital to overall detoxification goals. Juice fasts lasting a week or longer may actually hinder the elimination of toxins from your body because of lack of fibre.

Looking to obtain the benefits of cleaning up your diet, getting more fruit nutrients, and detoxification without the blood sugar spikes and under-nutrition?

Eating enough whole fruits and vegetables continues to be key, but try to skip the juice and avoid juice fasting. Remember, not all protein is created equal. You need the right kind, in the right amount, at the right time. When it comes to choosing a reliable, safe and convenient way to lose weight and cleanse safely, knowing how to use Natural Body Cleanse Diet is the key!

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Margaret McNamara



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