On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering the following question: is the juice cleanse diet good for weight loss?
If you’re not familiar with juicing or the juice cleanse diet, it was a big topic back in 2013.
Let’s find out if juicing can actually help you lose weight.
The juice cleanse diet gained a lot of popularity after Joe Cross’s “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” documentary.
Joe was 100 lbs overweight and on a bunch of medication for his autoimmune disease.
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 100 lbs and got off of his medication.
Joe Cross Before & After Photos
So juicing worked for Joe, but will juicing work for you?
Let’s first take a closer look at what juicing actually does.
Juicing is a great way to add more vegetables to your diet.
Let’s be real, while we all need the health benefits from vegetables, we also know we should be eating more.
When juicing, the juicer separates the juice from the pulp.
But remember, the pulp is where the majority of the fiber is found.
This is why there is a lot of debate on whether it’s healthier to just eat the vegetable whole, rather than juicing it.
Some experts say you absorb more nutrients via juicing, while other people say it’s not worth it since you lose the fiber.
Fiber is essential for digestive health.
Based on this, I honestly prefer eating food whole.
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.
Juicing has also been shown to help cholesterol issues, lower blood pressure, and in Joe’s case, autoimmune diseases.
Juicing is also a great way to add more variety in your diet, since most of the time, you don’t even taste the foods you’re juicing.
So if you don’t like spinach, or any other vegetable you know you should be eating, try juicing it.
Be sure to drink as much of the juice as you can immediately after juicing it.
When you leave the juice out, it has been shown to harbor bacteria, and the exposure to air may also reduce the juice’s nutritional power.
Most juice cleanse diets start off with a 3 day juice cleanse.
I’ve included an infographic to Joe Cross’s 3 day juice cleanse diet below.
Joe Cross’ juice cleanse diet includes a 2 day “ramp up” protocol to begin flushing your body before the 3 day juice cleanse diet begins.
During the actual 3 day juice cleanse diet, your meals will be comprised of 5 juices a day, as shown in the infographic above.
These 5 juices are then followed by an evening meal comprised of only fruit and vegetables.
After 3 day juice cleanse diet is over, you’ll follow a “ramp down” protocol by having 3 meals a day, focused on whole foods, and at least 1 juice.
I’ve included a link to Joe Cross’ exact Juice Cleanse Diet plan here.
So that’s how you do the juice cleanse diet.
Now here’s the big question.
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.
Here’s a link to the greens powder drink supplement that I use every day.
I prefer to follow this balanced approach to nutrition rather than 3 days straight of juicing.
In other words, when you consistently do the right things, you don’t need to take extreme measures like the juice cleanse diet.
Even though we all have our off days, if you get back on track the next day, you’re well 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 juices sounds too extreme, then I have 3 words for you.
When you stop eating crap all the time, you won’t have to deprive yourself with these extreme diets.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.