Summer is fast approaching and one of the easiest ways to get that body bikini-ready is through a juice-fast. Juice fasting for weight loss has become a fad primarily because it is quick and easy. As an added bonus, it’s intense detoxification. Because you will forgo solid food, your body will not use its energy digesting and will instead focus on cleansing. So not only will juice-fasting help you lose weight, it will also help renew your body’s cells and tissue; you won’t just look healthier, you will actually be!
As a weight-loss method, juice fasting is easy and convenient. You basically just have to replace your meals with fresh fruit and vegetable juices. So, if you are someone with a busy schedule or a routine that requires you to always be on the go, then this diet is perfect for you! The prep time for these juices are minimal and you can drink them anywhere – of course considering that drinks are allowed. You can also make them in advance and just keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to drink them.
How long these fasts would run for is up to you. But if it’s your first time doing it, a three or five-day trial would be a good way to start. It would also make it easier if you had a program to follow so you can try downloading one online or talking to a nutrition dietician about it. A lot of different recipes are available online. The important thing is laying out a framework or protocol to follow. As in everything else, it’s easier if you have a routine to follow.
During the first two to three days of the fast, you will enjoy a feeling of ‘lightness’. Later on, you might experience a mild headache. What you have to understand is that you’re not just losing weight, you are detoxifying. What this means is that your body is getting rid of toxins and old tissue that it no longer needs. It is natural for these toxins to go through your bloodstream and stay there for a while but that’s only going to be until you get rid of the toxins completely. This is what’s causing the headaches. It is also important that your juice intake is at the same time you usually eat your meals as your blood sugar might plummet and you might feel dizzy and nauseous.
One thing you also have to consider during your fast is your physical activity. If you follow an intense work-out regularly, you will want to cut down on your activity or at least lessen the intensity. You can’t expect to cut down on your caloric intake and still have enough energy to do your regular exercise routine, not unless it’s light exercise with low impact. Also, since most fruit and some vegetables are acidic, you will want to increase your water intake to prevent acidity and dehydration as most of these fluids will just pass through your body.
Juice fasting for weight loss is quick, easy and very healthy. However, it’s still important to do your homework about it as it will entail a drastic change in your regular routine. You have to be especially careful if you have prevailing conditions. Otherwise, juice-fasting is not only good for weight loss but also for detoxification.