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I watched the documentaries “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” and “Hungry for Change”, and they made a distinct impression on me. I would like to try the juicing fast, but there is so much conflicting information on the web about it, how’s a girl to know what true and what’s just opinion? Will it do damage or help me rewire my brain to break the carb/sugar dependencies.

Answer:

I don’t think the juicing diet is going to rewire your brain as such, but it may be a useful tool for weight loss. There have been quite a few anecdotal cases where people have successfully lost weight on the juicing diet. Compared to some of the other diets such as slim fast and other programs using processed food products or meal replacements, I would say I prefer the juice fast diet. Juicing is a great way to get to some valuable nutrients into people whose diet is deficient. It can also work quite well for those who are significantly overweight and need to make drastic weight loss. What I would say is that juicing does remove most of the fiber from the fruit and vegetables that you use, so it is important to get the right balance of fruit and veg in your juice drink. Fruit and some vegetables can contain a lot of sugar. I have come across many cases where people are following a juice diet and using a huge amount of fruit and wondering they are not losing any weight. The simple reason is they are still consuming a lot of calories and those calories are from sugar. Consuming fiber helps slow down the rate of absorption, and keeps insulin levels low so fat storage is not promoted. If you want to follow the juice diet, I would suggest that you make your juice with a ratio of 2-3 servings of vegetables to 1 serving of fruit. Look for low calorie fruits such as peaches, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Vegetables tend to have less calories so think of the fruit as the sweetener to make the vegetable juice more palatable, rather than being the main ingredient. I don’t know what plan you are following, but for example of you are juicing for two meals and eating one solid food meal a day, make sure that meal has a good source of fiber in it. Whether its your breakfast, lunch or dinner, try to eat either sugar free whole grain cereals, oatmeal, whole bran or brown rice, whole grain bread or pasta along with some fiber rich vegetables.

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