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6/23/13 7:41 A

I prefer whole foods. Juicing does not appeal to me at all. Weight loss isn't just about getting the weight off, it's about keeping it off. If you enjoy juicing and can see yourself doing it for the rest of you life, that's fine. It sounds incredibly boring and unsatisfying to me. I prefer to develop healthy habits I can maintain after weight loss.

Juicing can also be dangerous for some people including diabetics which we have a lot of on this site. It can destroy the amount of fiber and antioxidants in the juicing process, whole foods contain more nutritional value and because juicing destroys a lot of the fiber, it can cause more fructose absorbation and blood sugar spikes (see diabetics). Juicing is less filling than eating whole foods (see fiber destruction), leaving people more prone to overeating. It's a fad diet and associated with "yo-yo" dieting because most people cannot maintain a juicing diet for the rest of their life. It's also expensive.

I lost weight (55 lbs in 7 months) through a calorie deficit (a diet of whole veggies/fruits), exercise (cardio and ST) and gained lean muscle while losing fat because I didn't deprive myself of too many calories. The only reason a person would lose weight faster through juicing is because they are severely restricting calories. I am curious to know your daily calorie intake, your exercise program and before and after body fat %. There's a world of a difference between "weight loss" and "quality weight loss", ie; fat loss.

Anything more than a 1-2 lbs/week weight loss when you're in your overweight BMI is considered unsafe and unhealthy. It results in a lot of lean muscle/tissue loss especially if you do not have a weight training program. Destroying lean muscle and severe calorie restrictions also wreak havoc on your metabolism which makes it easier for people to gain weight after they reach their goal weight. It will take less calories than before to maintain and you'll gain weight on the same amount of calories that would have been maintenance before.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 6/23/2013 (08:01)

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6/22/13 8:29 P

I guess it depends on what your diet was like before. If if was overloaded with take-outs (burgers, french fries, pizza, etc.) then juicing would be a huge improvement. For those of us who were overweight and DIDN'T eat that type of food, then it is a backward step because you are losing a lot of vital nutrition - fibre being one of them.

I prefer to eat my fruit and veges in their original form. It is more filling, and overall we consume less calories. Also, I don't think it is good for the stomach to just have that type of texture over a long period of time - unless there is a physical, medical reason why you can't, as in can't swallow solids, surgery, coma, etc.

You have done really well, tho', and kudos to you for the weight loss.


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6/22/13 4:35 P

I've heard a lot of people say that instead of buying new clothes they will use their current ones to be their judge. And when they get tight, they know it is time to lose weight.

Drinking calories... that is an interesting way to put it. I haven't heard that one as a reason not to try or do drinking. I think we all (unless we don't drink sodas, coffee, juice, energy drinks, etc... all drink our calories. :-)

For me, it was a matter of not consuming so many empty calories and consuming only highly nutritious ones. My wife said she would have missed chewing. Some people do a juice fast for 10 days, while others do a 15, 30 or 60 day fast. Each person is different. I know people who only "juice" one meal a day. That way they limit the amount of "heavy" foods to be processed by the body.

The documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" motivated me. It is kind of long, but totally worth watching and it is free. My suggestion:

I suggest watching the first 6:08 minutes.

The truck driver that he met along the way calls and asks for help at 51:00 The change he makes in his life is nothing short of a miracle... one that we all can possibly do. Watching from 51:00 til' the end is so worth it! Actually the entire thing is worth every second of it.

If the video appears to long, then jump ahead to 42:36 and watch til' 45:06 then watch the end of the video. The main guys' story is amazing... At 49:50 (maybe 50:00) he talks about what the change has done to his mind and a lady talks about how clear/sharp his mind is.

They did a "success story" about my weight loss... if you are on Facebook you can see it here:

Just trying to share the love and help others too. I was 252. I'm healthier, happier and more fit now than I've been in years! My wife, kids, family and friends have me back... most importantly, I have me back and that means I am able to be a part of the world again. Not just the fat guy sitting off to the side!

Best of luck to everyone at reaching your goals no matter how or what you do to get there! :-)

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6/22/13 3:54 P

I'm not a big fan of juicing because I don't care for drinking my calories. It's great for some people.

I'm motivated in the short term to get back into my XL clothes. Right now many of them are way too tight. I refuse to buy bigger. -15 pounds and I will be there. After that I will look for more short term goals. I like the end to be in sight.

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6/22/13 1:08 P

I started juicing on January 12th, 2013 as a way to help me lose weight. I weighed 252 pounds on this date. By April 14th, 2013 I was down to 181! My goal is to hit 166!

I personally consumed 99% of everything via my juicer for about 100 days. I am now over 160 days into juicing. I'm now juicing about 90% of what I consume. The other items are highly nutritious calories.

Getting highly nutritious calories and plenty of water is key to weight loss. Whatever you use for inspiration and motivation will most likely be enhanced by adding nutrients and water. I blogged about my weight loss journey And I recently started blogging on here, SparkPeople.

What do you do to stay motivated? I ask this, as often people have something that motivates them early on but then sadly lose sight of it. An awesome piece of advice is for all of us to remember what inspired us to get started and reflect on it often. If you can, add more motivation and inspiration to help... but remember and reflect on what gave you that initial final "push" and do so often for added success!

Best of luck to everyone!

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