There is a juice epidemic going on in California right now. Just like frozen yogurt stores popped up everywhere a couple years ago, juicing bars have taken over. If you live in Orange County or Los Angeles, you feel me on this.
The question that comes to mind when seeing all these juice bars is does this craze really work? Or better yet, is it good for you?
That’s where I come in. I’ve done a little digging, and even tried a juicing diet myself, and here’s what I’ve found out.
Event dieters: juicing is your new best friend. I finished a three-day cleanse (sort of…somehow a bowl of cereal found its way into my belly on day two…) and I lost about five pounds. I read up on this and dieticians and doctors say most of it is probably water weight, but if we’re just trying to fit into that perfect dress or bikini for Las Vegas, do we really care?
I will say, many juices claim to make you feel “energized” and “refreshed”, I felt slightly sick. Then again, I didn’t follow it to a tee like I was supposed to, and I was drinking so many fluids I wasn’t consuming any water! Obviously this was my mistake. You need your 8-9 glasses of water a day no matter what, so I deserve a slap on the wrists for that one.
I’m not trying to throw juicing under the bus by any means here. It does have a lot of positive aspects to it. If you’re like most people, you probably aren’t eating enough fruits and veggies. Juicing is a quick and easy way to get all your necessary nutrients in for the day. A lot of people swear by it as well.
Many exercise enthusiasts and health nuts are replacing breakfast with a green smoothie to kick start their day. It gets you’re metabolism going right away, and instead of consuming sugary cereals or nothing at all, you’re getting vitamins and minerals.
Juicing can be wonderful, but I would recommend it more as a compliment to your diet rather than a complete replacement. Eating a well balanced diet with lean proteins, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and cutting out processed foods is the best route to go for a healthy lifestyle.