Juicing: A dieter’s worst nightmare

23 January 2015
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PUT that apple down and slowly back away from that juice. Juicing is not the miracle weight-loss trick you thought it was.

More and more juicing fanatics are realising that they don’t quite achieve the desired results with their choice of diet because it is not really dieting.

When on a juice diet, most people use the juice/smoothie as their only source of food, but evidence has proved that these juices cause weight gain.

Advocates of the diet usually sell juicing because of its high concentration of vitamins and minerals, but they leave out two key points; (a) it spikes your sugar intake and (b) it denies the body the fibre it needs.

A single piece of fruit does not produce the juice required to fill up a person, which requires far more fruits and vegetables.

The sugar content of the juice goes up with every piece of fruit consumed. This sugar results in weight gain as it causes an unhealthy chain of events in the body.

Once someone drinks the juice their insulin spikes and creates a burst of energy that soon crashes. This leaves them without energy and feeling hungry, which could either result in binge eating or drinking more juice to stay full.

The lack of fibre in the juice causes people to drink more juice to fill up their stomachs. This vicious cycle keeps going on and on, which causes weight gain.


The biggest problem area that people that are on a juice diet start to see is belly fat. They will also experience mood swings, fatigue and in some cases depression.

The best alternative is to eat the fruit as is, as opposed to juicing it. However, if you insist on juicing, put more vegetables in your drink than fruit. In addition, pair the juice with another snack such as nuts, which will give your body the fibre it desperately needs.

Do not drink too much juice at a time and consider how many calories it contains so that you do not overwhelm your body.

Lastly, lean towards the thicker juices, perhaps something like butternut or pumpkin because it should have some fibre and keep you full for longer.

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