There is a dizzying array of diet and nutrition tactics and strategies available today – low-carb, no-carb, high protein, low-fat, high-fat, Paleo and more – and it can be difficult to know what is and isn't effective. Another weight loss and nutrition tool that is wildly popular right now is juicing.
What Is Juicing?
Basically, you make your own juice from the fruits and vegetables of your choice using an extractor. Some commonly juiced veggies include kale, spinach, beets, carrots and cucumbers.
There are varying degrees of juicing, with some people using it as a way to cleanse. These juicing fasts are thought to cleanse, detoxify and speed weight loss.
For some, juicing is just a way to get fruits and vegetables in their diet in a pleasant and convenient way.
Just about any fruit or veggie can be juiced. "Green juice" is popular, because it allows you to load up on a variety of healthy vegetables and drink them on the go.
What Are Juicing Drawbacks?
There are a couple of notable drawbacks to juicing. The biggest downside is that the extractors separate out the pulp, which is an important nutritional aspect of fruits and vegetables. The solution to this is to either add back some of the fiber-rich pulp or use it for something else, such as soup.
Another drawback is that the juice spoils easily. It is best to drink your juice right after you make it. If you want to save the juice overnight, be sure that it is stored in a secure container and refrigerated.
Juicing can get expensive; some people who juice complain about waste because they don't finish it or they don't end up consuming the pulp.
Should I Juice?
If you are having difficulty getting your daily dose of vegetables, juicing may be a good alternative. There are a ton of wonderful recipes out there for healthy, tasty juices for people who normally don't like vegetables. You can make your juice in the morning and take it with your on your commute as a healthy time saver.
If you already eat a good amount of vegetables in your daily diet, you don't need to juice. But if you like the idea, by all means, try it. Just remember to always get the amount of nutrition you need to fuel your body.
For more information on nutrition and fitness, contact personal trainer Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo. He can help you design a nutrition and exercise plan tailored to your needs and provide you with motivation and encouragement to achieve your health and fitness goals.