Juicing is being used and celebrated as such, this is very similar to steroids and these both have some side effects that you may not be wanting!

You’ve fallen of the band wagon and gained loads of weight, or maybe it’s just been a weekend of over indulgence, whatever the reason seem to be people are reaching for their wallets and spending £200+ on a juicing machine to save them from all their worries of weight gain!

This is in conjunction with using “juicing” as a way to replace meals, “join the fad”, detox, cure a bad weekend of binge eating or appalling alcohol consumption…a more appropriate term for how people are using it is “get out of jail card”!

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Well I want to write this article today to show you what you’re not told about Juicing and let you know the pros as well as those cons, so you can make a truly informed and educated decision!

The Benefits:

– Quick easy way to get a large amount of micro-nutrients (Vitamins & Minerals)

– No additives like sugar, flavourings, salt etc.

Wow I really had to make space for all those benefits…

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The Cons:

If you take part and follow a juicing plan you will probably be looking for two things weight loss and a detox let’s debunk some of this then!

– Juicing diets will be massively low in calories which double up and will also mean your nutritional intake despite all those extra mirco nutrients that you get from non vegetable sources will be sorely lacking.

– Protein!! Even with a bit of protein powder added these diets are just failing to meet daily protein requirements, which will cause you to lose muscle rather than fat, this will also cause your metabolic rate to reduce meaning you will end up getting fatter. You will also end up feeling weaker, hungrier and could potentially cause some other issues if prolonged.

– Carbs... or the danger word, while carbohydrates shouldn’t be shunned (read here for more) a juice diet is pretty much only made up of them! With your only dietry intake coming from fruit and veg you will be having an over abundance of a varitey of sugars and will be living soley of these which really isn’t ideal for fat loss or for health.

Because you will just be having carbs as well you blood sugar levels will be constantly spiking and crashing, resulting in you potentially feeling awful, tired and with headaches.

– Fat also typically low in this too! The main nutrient needed to keep your hormones and nervous system healthy

– Fibre, this is the one that makes me laugh the most, by juicing you actually take out all the good natural fibre, which is going to contribute to bowel issues

– You will be HUNGRY

Detox, funnily enough your body has things set in place to “detox” your blood already and you probably don’t need one, if you do then a “juice diet” isn’t what you need but something a bit more substantial and controlled.

– Cost oh and you will have to buy some stupidly, absurdly overpriced bit of equipment as well as a book, plan or app to go along with it

Summary:

Honestly you can do without it in your life, if you really want or need to get more micro-nutrients in your diet then getting a good quality “Greens Powder” to supplement your diet is more than adequate.

I really feel that you’re definitely better off just eating a good, wholesome diet with lots of veggies, protein and fat with that assisted with exercising regularly rather than trying to get a quick fix that will most likely make you feel awful and gain weight when you start eating again.

It’s all about the long game, realistic, achievable, life changes that will stick!

Why not save yourself a few hundred quid and just buy vegetables and eat them… Normally or does eating steamed greens seem to farfetched to be good for you?

Or if you want to spend that much on a machine why not just buy organic food which will most definitely have more nutrients not only in the veg but also in the meat!

Some food for thought!

Will that guy who manages to eat his vegetables without spending £200+ on a juice machine

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