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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|137 Days since: Binging/Restricting