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Juicing For Losing Weight


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juicing-for-health-and-weight-lossHave you gained some extra pounds during Christmas time? Have so many gatherings and feasts taken their toll on? Do not panic, I’ll tell you what you can do to go back to normal :-) My favourite one is using juicing for losing weight. Making a juice fast or drinking a pair of fresh vegetable juices a day can help you to lose those extra pounds very easily and quickly. Furthermore, juicing is fantastic not only for losing weight but also for improving your health. I will highlight here one of my favourite sentences about juicing:

raw juicing can save your life (Cabot, 2001, p. 8).

It was stated by Sandra Cabot MD; she graduated in medicine and surgery with honours from Adelaide University South Australia. Sandra Cabot is also a diplomate of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. Impressive, isn’t it? I trust her word… :-) If you want to know more about some facts and opinions about juicing for health and weight loss visit the Juicing section of my website.

And, therefore, what better way than losing those unwanted pounds while taking good care of your health at the same time? That’s the reason why I resort to juicing when I feel tired, lethargic, lacking energy or even when I have indulged in processed baked goods and sweets more than I would have liked to and I want to get rid of the effects of such excesses. It’s an amazingly healthy way to regain your figure and your energy! 😉

What Do I Need?

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First of all, you will need to invest in a juicer. Centrifugal juicers are the most common type (they are cylindrical in shape). There is a huge variety of centrifugal juicers on the market so it is relatively easy to find one that can be adapted to your budget. Make sure you get a juicer of at least 700 watts; I tried once with one of 500 watts and it could not properly process certain veggies as beets, carrots or the core of pineapples. Also, make sure that it has a large mouth so you can reduce the preparations time of your fruits and veggies.

I personally use a masticating juicer. It crushes and chews fruits, leafy greens and veggies. It distributes the juice and extracts the pulp into separate containers. They extract more nutrients from the processed fruits and veggies so you get more nutrition from the resultant juice. However, they are more expensive than centrifugal juicers.

If your budget is not a problem I recommend you to buy a triturating (or twin gear) juicer. This type is considered the best ones as it preserves maximum nutrients.

masticating-juicerFruits And Veggies

Secondly, you will need large amount of fruits, veggies and leafy greens. It is important that you try to get organic produce; but, if it is difficult for you because either you cannot find organic or it is very expensive, try at least to buy local. By doing so, you will be avoiding pesticides, herbicides and other kinds of poisons with which our fruits and veggies are fed nowadays. Remember, the idea is to rid toxins from your body; we should try not to introduce more. Stock up on lemons, limes, tomatoes, kale, spinach, celery, carrots, cucumbers, apples, pears, beets, ginger root and garlic. With all these you can create many delicious juice recipes! 😉

Finally, drink at least four glasses of juice a day (20oz-33oz) and plenty of water! If possible, good quality spring water but I prefer filtered water (at least, 67oz per day).

I hope that you enjoyed reading and that you take into account juicing when you want to reclaim your health and look great! If you need more information, recipes and advice don’t hesitate to read the section about juicing on this website 😉

Please, leave your comments or questions below. I will be more than happy to read them.

Happy Juicing!

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References:

Cabot, S. (2001). Raw Juices Can Save Your Life: An A-Z Guide, SCB International

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About the author: Luz

Luz´s professional practice is closely linked to her personal history with weight, body image and health issues. After suffering weight problems for almost 20 years and having accumulated an overweight of almost 30 kg (66 lbs), both her physical and emotional health began to deteriorate on many different fronts. It is therefore not a coincidence that she undertook a PhD in Media and Gender Studies (University of Swansea, UK). In her research, she has deeply analysed prevalent body image messages found in today´s popular culture, how such representations are perceived by the public, and how they relate to the development of dysfunctional behaviours. The variety of perspectives analysed in her work includes dominant beauty canons, overweight issues, distortions of perceived body image, power structures, sexuality, or balance of professional/personal life. Professionally, she is highly familiar with the devastating effects of current beauty canons pervasively promoted by a host of media, magazines, TV programs, or movie/music stars, and how such canons can easily permeate both our own minds and of those around us. Today, Luz has overcome her weight problems and has regained her health. Motivated by the need of helping others to solve problems that, like in her case, have you trapped in a vicious circle for years or even decades, Luz got certified as a Professional Coach. She currently lives in Sweden, where she runs Happy Coaching by Luz, with a practice of hundreds of hours of coaching with people like you who seek to overcome problems of physical, emotional or professional nature. You can read his full bio (in Spanish) here .

6 comments to “Juicing For Losing Weight”

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  1. AlexaLOA - November 18, 2015 at 14:38 Reply

    Hi Luz,I really like your site it has a lot of useful information about how to leave a healthy life and lose weight without struggle. I definitely must try juicing for detox my body . Any Centrifugal juicer to buy that you can recommend to me? And another thing that I want to ask you is how many times a week should I use juicing for maximum benefits ? Thanks in advance

    • Luz - November 19, 2015 at 11:26 Reply

      Hello Alexa! As for your first question, I recommend you to use this centrifugal juicer. I used it when I did my first juice fast and it worked wonderfully 😉 As for your second question, the good thing about juicing is that just one simple glass (330 ml.) of a green juice daily will strengthen your immune system, unleashing the healing power of your body. Just make sure your juice is charged with greens like spinach, chard and/or watercress and kale (try this: 1 handful of spinach, 2 kale leaves, 1 celery stalk, a small piece of ginger root -1.5 cm-, 1 cucumber, half a carrot, half a lime and 1 red apple -2 if its taste is too strong for you, it’s a matter of time to get used to the flavor though-). I recommend using organic when possible but going for local products is a good alternative too. Of course, if you drink one or two green juices a day and the rest of your meals are based on sugary and processed foods, the beneficial effects of juicing will diminish 😉 If you want to feel the benefits of juicing more quickly, you could also make a juice fast of three or seven days (I did this one by Jason Vale and it was not painful at all!); it depends on your goal and how you feel about doing a fast (always consult with a qualified medical practitioner if you have any concerns about your health or any medical condition). Hope I have helped you! 😉

  2. Dave - November 18, 2015 at 14:41 Reply

    Luz, looking forward to trying some recipes as I am bored of breakfasts just now. Some thing different will be a god send :-)

    Do you know this is a big thing in the UK just now? People are going juicing crazy and seeing some pretty good weight loss results. Hopefully the UK will get on the bandwagon with your site and even give you some ideas.

    • Luz - November 19, 2015 at 08:47 Reply

      Thanks for your comment Dave :-) Yes, I had heard about how people in the UK is using juicing for weight loss more and more. I discovered juicing while looking for other health-related issues and the results were amazing. I do believe that, responsibly done (and even monitored by a doctor if there is a major health issue), juicing can be a powerful tool to regain health and enjoy a beautiful figure 😉

      Have a nice day!

  3. Maurice - January 22, 2016 at 20:51 Reply

    I like the fact you put your own picture on top of the page. Definitely builds trust. You have a friendly and happy face as well. Keep that up. The context you write is also unique. This might be the recipe for success. It was engaging and I learned something new as a personal trainer. Thanks!

    • Luz - January 23, 2016 at 21:02 Reply

      Thanks to you, Maurice! Your words are so kind and appreciated, in the end you are a personal trainer and you know from the inside the things that I explore in the post and in the whole site. See u around! 😉

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