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?
Joe Cross’ Before & After
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve included Joe Cross’s 3 day cleanse below:
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.
Now the big question…
Like most fitness and nutrition questions I get asked, my two word answer is…
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.
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.
EAT REAL FOOD!
Stop eating crap and you won’t have to “deprive” yourself.
’¦and my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook proves it.
It includes over 200 quick, healthy, easy, affordable, and delicious Paleo approved meals as well as access to 8 weeks of meal plans to get your living lean. Everything is planned and done for you. Go get it!
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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.