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ANARIE Posts: 12,574
1/27/13 4:24 P

Consumer Reports and some other health and consumer protection magazine that I just read both had juice fasting on their lists of "top 5 dumb dieting ideas of 2012." I wouldn't go so far as to call it "dumb," because on the surface it does seem kind of like a good idea, but when you look at the actual nutritional loss from juicing versus eating the whole food, and then add in the fact that there are some nutrients you can't get from plants (including B-12, which probably helps with energy levels), most people just end up worse than they started out.

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1/27/13 1:45 P

Re: Juice Fasts ..............
My radar antennae always goes up when I see this 'faddish' kind of fast OR just having fruits by themselves to start the day ........... (former book written by someone on this)
WELL ........... I want you to know ........... that I got not ONE, but TWO ULCERS by doing this .............. I was doing their suggested cleansing fruit only in the morning, and later adding the carbs, etc .............. had surgery after UNBELIEVABLE PAIN in the gut! NO thanks!

Also ......... I did not read but Sparks had a blog yesterday on 'diet hypes' ............ I wonder if this may be one ............... Always be careful .............. (I stick closely to Sparks) emoticon

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1/27/13 1:24 P

It looks to me like a silly, gimicky weight loss fad. I haven't done it because I like to eat lots of food... but several of my friends have tried it (especially the one desperate to lose "baby weight").

Juices themselves are really just mostly simple sugars with some vitamins and minerals. There is little protein, little fats, and little fiber. Can you make your own juices that are more like smoothies that have fiber in them? Sure. But real juicers take most fiber out. So what you are left with is drinking a ton of sugar, getting a ton of vit C, perhaps potassium too, and then you end up with... nothing else.

It doesn't teach healthy habits.

LIQUID diets are another story. I've had to be on them not for weight loss purposes but because I couldn't open my mouth or chew. Liquid diets are different than juice fasts because you can have any fluid... even fluids that are viscous (ie, with fiber or yogurt) or contain powders to supplement with. You can still get what you need, and so it isn't as bad. You still don't really know how to *eat* well because you are ignoring a large portion of food, but at least you can get a full diet.

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1/27/13 1:09 P

Has anyone done a juice fast before? I haven't done an extended one, so I don't know if all the "benefits" people claim past day 3 are true or not. As far as I'm concerned, it's just starvation. Thoughts? Any proof to back up your claims would be cool too :)

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