Juice Cleanse Diet – Is It Right For You? #LLTV

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What Is The Juice Cleanse Diet?

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m going to talk about the Juice Cleanse Diet. Can it benefit you?

Well in 2013 it was a BIG TOPIC. It gained a lot of popularity after Joe Cross’s Fat Sick and Nearly Dead documentary. Joe was 100lbs overweight and on a whole bunch of medication for his autoimmune disease. So he decided to try juicing for 60 days in hopes of allowing the body to naturally heal itself. The rest is history, Joe lost the 100lbs and got off of his medication.

So it worked for Joe, but will it work for you?

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Fat Sick And Nearly Dead DVD

 
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Joe Cross’ Before & After

Lets just take a closer look into what juicing actually does…

Juicing is a great way to add more vegetables to your because lets be real, we all know the health benefits of vegetables, and we all know we should be eating more.

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When juicing, the juicer separates the juice from the pulp. But remember, the pulp is where the majority of the fiber is found. And there’s a lot of debate on this, especially whether it’s healthier to just eat the vegetable whole rather than juicing it.

Some say you absorb more nutrients via juicing, other’s say it’s not worth it because you lose the fiber, which is important for digestive reasons. I honestly prefer eating food whole.

Juicing can help the body naturally heal itself…

I’ve said it time and time again, the body is an amazing machine…if you treat it right.

When juicing, the body quickly absorbs nutrients and antioxidants into the bloodstream. It’s kind of like a natural caffeine high.

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It’s also been shown to help cholesterol issues, lower blood pressure, and in Joe’s case, autoimmune diseases. Juicing is also a great way to get more of a variety in your diet since a lot of time you don’t even taste the foods you’re juicing.

So if you don’t like spinach (or another vegetable you know you should be eating)…juice it!

And be sure to drink as much of the juice as you can immediately after juicing it. Leaving it out has been shown to harbor bacteria and the exposure to air may reduce the juice’s nutritional power.

Most juice cleanse diets start off with a 3 day juice cleanse…

I’ve included Joe Cross’s 3 day cleanse below:

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Image Courtesy of Dr. Oz Website

His juice cleanse diet includes a “ramp up” 2 day protocol to begin flushing your body before the 3 day juice cleanse.

Then during the actual 3 day cleanse, your “meals” will be comprised of 5 juices a day (as seen above), followed by an evening meal comprised of only fruit and vegetables.

After 3 days of this, you’ll do a “ramp down” by having 3 meals a day focused on whole foods and at least 1 juice.

I’ve included a link to the exact Juice Cleanse Diet plan here.

That’s the Juice Cleanse Diet.

Now the big question…

Is the 3 day juice cleanse right for you?

Like most fitness and nutrition questions I get asked, my two word answer is…

It depends.

For me personally, I’d say “no” to the extremes of the 3 day juice cleanse diet. Why?

Because 95% of my meals are already filled with whole natural foods, lots of vegetables, lots of water, and the occasional juice (just not 3 days of it straight).

In other words, when you consistently do the right things…

’¦you don’t need to take extreme measures like this.

Living lean is all about consistency…

Even though we all have our off days, if you get back on track the next day, you’re on your way to living lean. But if you’re still stuffing your face with processed crap…day after day…give the 3 day juice cleanse diet a try for yourself and see how you feel.

If 3 days of liquid sounds to extreme, then I have 3 words for you…

EAT REAL FOOD!

Stop eating crap and you won’t have to “deprive” yourself.

Real food can be delicious…

’¦and my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook proves it.

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17 responses to “Juice Cleanse Diet – Is It Right For You? #LLTV

  1. I would like to include juicing as part of my daily (Paleo) diet. How
    should I account for the calories in my overall macro proportions?
    Depending upon how much fruit is in your juice, it would be easy to rack up
    some hidden sugar quickly. That said, I intend to do mostly green/veggie
    juices.

  2. Brad, a few comments about the video. I do agree with your point of view,
    as the matter of fact, that it why I subscribed to your channel, I consider
    you to be one of the few guys who actually understand how it all works
    together.

    If you do not want to loose the fiber in most juices, try blending them or
    in some cases look for some benefiber and add it to the juice (con: a tad
    more expensive than just the veg.)

    As you said, its all about being healthy during time and not only during
    the diet period. The Paradigm Shift (now I can’t forget that). Adding some
    whey protein can help during this juicing if your going for several days.
    Protein is VERY important.

    Try remembering people the importance of not only eating more vegetables
    but a larger variety of them (remember to eat the rainbow)

    Cut the carbs in daily basis ( not easy at all but start cutting them by
    half for a couple of weeks, then again in half and so on till you don’t get
    that urge or craving for them)

    Juices can also be prepared and then stored in the freezer in small plastic
    bags. Sometimes its easier to prepare a few at the time than only one by
    one. Freezing will stop bacteria from reproducing and the low temperature
    and bag will stop the antioxidants from reacting with the air itself.

    Keep up the good work Brad, I wish you success reaching the 50,000 goal, I
    will see what I can do to help out.

  3. I’m 16 and After watching the movie i decided to try juicing ( to get a
    change from my vegatarian diet) and the second day I threw up my breakfeast
    juice and felt like I was sick out of my mind so I stopped juicing. I hope
    to someday be man enough to juice we 7 days tho.

  4. I need some help; I’m 6’2-6’3 and I weigh 172lbs currently. My body
    structure isn’t wide, I have a 34 in waist I believe; however, I am still
    fat. I am aware 172lbs is underweight. I’ve been cutting, I used to be
    182lbs and cut down to 172. But I realized that losing 10 lbs didn’t meet
    my goal. I still feel uncomfortable with my shirt off. So at this point I
    don’t know whether to “lean bulk” or cut, because if I cut I’ll eventually
    get to like 165… and if I bulk I might become fat? I have a lot of fat in
    my chest and belly. Anyone’s comments and help would be greatly
    appreciated.

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