Juicing provides rapid and significant weight loss for many people, but how do you make the weight loss sustainable?
Many people start juicing because they want to lose weight. Why? Well, the typical person can shed around 7-10 pounds in 7 days, so it is a rapid way to drop excess weight. The problem is, how do you make the weight loss sustainable?
See, very few people who talk about juicing will call it a ‘diet’, yet many people start juicing with a diet mentality.
What do I mean by a diet mentality? I am talking about people who are juicing because they want to lose weight and want to do it as quickly as possible, yet are not looking to make juicing part of a permanent lifestyle change.
These are people who will possibly get highly frustrated, or even angry, when their weight loss slows down, plateaus or their weight goes back up. This is despite the fact they may be feeling more healthy.
They may find juicing a chore but make themselves stick to their diet plan. Perhaps, they may consider themselves a failure if they eat any solid food.
Thing is they are probably committed to a short term fix, rather than a long term solution.
Are these short terms goals obtainable? Probably. Doing a juice cleanse or reboot for a month can often result in over 40 pounds of weight loss (2.5 stone). But is it sustainable?
It depends on the attitude (or mindset).
Roughly 8 out of 10 people who go on a diet fail to keep the weight off for any extended period of time. When juicing is treated as a diet, the impact is similar.
Personally I only started to achieve sustainable weight loss when I STOPPED dieting.
So how can you make juicing give sustained weight loss?
Whilst I am a fan of short term juice cleansing (I cleanse for around 5-7 days every 3-4 months), I am less supportive of long term juice cleanses, such as those for 28 days, 60 days or longer.
Don’t get me wrong. They can have a dramatic impact. But, the results are often unsustainable.
Why? Because sooner or later you will want to start chewing your food again and sadly many people go back to their former eating patterns. This is especially true when they view the cleanse as a ‘diet’ and see it as restrictive.
From my experience I have to say embracing a lifestyle that includes getting back to nature and consuming lots of plant based foods is the way to achieve sustained weight loss.
I’m not saying you need to quit all processed foods, meat and dairy, but focusing on consuming a high levels of plants feeds our cells the nutrients they crave.
Juicing is a great tool for increasing your intake of plant-based nutrients and something that has been a major catalyst in my own transformation and the many success stories shared on this site, but you don’t have to do a juice fast / juice detox / reboot to get results. Even simply adding one or two freshly extracted vegetable juices per day can start to give great health benefits.
If you focus on health, weight loss is often a side effect.
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