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BADTASTEBETTY SparkPoints: (0)
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4/4/13 3:58 P

Joe Cross recently came through my town, but I was working during his Meet and Greet. He's been super successful in turning his life around by juicing, but it's important to realize he never went back to his old way of eating.

Of course, as with any dietary change, if you only make temporary changes, you will only have temporary results.

That's why they are called "Reboots", you're giving yourself a healthy kickstart to begin (or maintain) a healthy lifestyle.

JADATRACK SparkPoints: (15,485)
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4/4/13 3:14 P

I haven't seen the movie, but I used to work at Crate & Barrel when the juicing trend was taking off (seriously, we could not keep juicers in stock for more than a couple days), so I saw a lot of people start the diet and later when they went off the diet. Everyone I saw was successful at losing weight, whether they replaced every meal with juicing or just juiced once or twice a day. The biggest difference I noticed over time was that those who only juiced gained weight back when they went back to a regular diet, and those who juiced for one meal and continued to juice kept the weight off. It's common sense. If you do an extreme diet for a short time, you will gain the weight back; if you make gradual, healthier changes and stick to the changes, you will lose weight and keep it off.

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4/4/13 2:58 P

I love the fiber, too. And if you use your food tracker you can make sure you are not on a "starvation diet".

4/4/13 2:25 P

Well I also do smoothies as well in order to get the fiber. However, I eat vegetables all day long so I do in fact get my nutrients. I just feel like juice, which makes it easy on digestion, is my insurance policy.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/4/13 2:20 P

"Plus, even if I end up eating poorly, I know that I've gotten in my daily servings of fruits and veggies in one quick meal! "

No, you didn't.

It's never a good idea to only drink your fruits and vegies. You need the fibre that is left behind by juicing.

Healthy juicing is ONE 8oz glass a day max. Get the rest of your 5+ a day in fruits and vegies from eating whole fruits and vegies.

BTW folks, one of the side effects of starvation diets is increased energy. So that's not necessarily a good sign...

ELENGIL Posts: 957
4/4/13 2:12 P

I juiced a little, but just could not bring myself to throw that lovely pulp away, so I stopped. Now I just make smoothies using the whole food and I feel better about not wasting anything.

If you do juice, maybe freeze or dry the pulp or add it to other recipes so you aren't throwing the fiber and nutrition away that's left over?

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4/4/13 2:07 P

I've been wanting to watch this movie but havent seen it yet...I've gotta check it out.

But thank you all for the information on juicing. I think I am going to try to juice next week for 5 days...wish me luck!

4/4/13 12:49 P

Congrats! That is fantastic to hear. I am a HUGE fan of juicing as well. emoticon

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4/4/13 12:40 P

My fiancee and I bought a juicer and started doing some juicing after seeing Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I have a significant amount of weight to lose and though I knew I wouldn't be able to do a complete juice diet, I was able to incorporate juicing into my diet. I have at least 20-24 ounces of veggie/fruit juice for breakfast, the same for lunch, and then have a sensible dinner. I've cut out as much whites as possible (bread, sugar, potatoes, rice, etc.) It's only been a week and I've lost 4 lbs. I definitely have more energy and I just feel better overall.

4/4/13 12:36 P

Joe, the main subject of the doc, absolutely kept the weight off. He now leads classes which is incredible. And you CAN juice forever, just not as a fast. I juice every single day first thing in the morning and I have to say that it very much alters my mood, my nutrition and my weight. I find that it is much easier to stay on the right path if I juice in the morning. Plus, even if I end up eating poorly, I know that I've gotten in my daily servings of fruits and veggies in one quick meal!

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4/4/13 12:02 P

I saw this movie recently and was impressed at how the people's energy changed. For these people, it was like a second chance. I want to try it, too, but I would just grind all the veggies and fruit into a blender and gulp it down that way so I can get all the fiber. And since I am working out at the gym I might experiment with adding some protein powder. But honestly, vegetables and fruit contain more protein than you would think. And from what I understand, America eats more protein than most countries and we have most of the health problems.

2/18/13 6:53 P

10 days of a juice fast probably won't harm a healthy adult---however, it could be very dangerous based on one's medical condition.
A 60 day juice fast brings about numerous other health issues.
Fruit and veggie juice is not complete nutrition---where's the protein, healthy fat souces, calcium, zinc, iron, etc, etc.

It could bring about major muscle wasting---which is 'never' a good thing.

These folks lost weight because they cut back calorie intake---but there are much healthier ways to cut back on calories.

SP Dietitian Becky

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2/18/13 6:20 P

I just watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead on netflix and the basis of the documentary is two guys and a woman complete juice fasts of 10 to 60 days to lose weight and "detox." While I don't actually believe in "detoxing" they made juice fasting look really simple and easy. They lost so much weight so fast that it is tempting to go out and get a juicer.

The thing is, you can't juice forever, so what did they do after the juice fast? Did they gain all the weight back? did they actually change their diets? It seems like the fast could either be a stop gap measure, or a really great way to jump start your progress.

Has anyone else seen this? What are your opinions?

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