juice cleanse diet

Juice Cleanse Diet: what they’re not telling you

The juice cleanse diet has quickly gained popularity, especially after it’s been advocated by skinny celebs. Whether you call it a juice cleanse diet, juice cleanse detox, juice fast, or a juice feast (yes, the marketers have actually tried that one) it all amounts to the same thing: a fad. And a potentially dangerous fad at that.

Why all the rage?

It’s supposed to be a quick fix for miraculous weight loss. And it’s supposed to flush out all those ‘toxins’ from your body. As a side note, it might be useful to know that many nutritionists simply disregard any product, advice, diet, etc as soon as they see the word ‘toxin’. Dr Liz Applegate, the director of sports nutrition at the University of California, argues that “the body does not need any help in getting rid of toxins”. So there goes 95% of those diet fads! And the juice cleanse diet is no exception when it comes to poor nutritional advice.

There are several variants of the juice cleanse diet, but most of them are exactly what the term suggests. Your diet consists purely of liquids. In other words: starvation and malnutrition.

What are the potential hazards of a juice cleanse diet?

  1. You won’t get enough protein. You need protein on a daily basis for several reasons. It’s used to build more healthy immune cells, and regenerate your muscles following a tough workout. Following this diet could leave you sick and prone to infections.
  2. You won’t feel great. No surprise there! The possible side-effects of this diet include stomach pain, hunger pangs, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, moodiness, difficulty thinking, diarrhea, bad breath, a white tongue, and the list goes on. It’s also not recommended if you are diabetic, pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffering from any of a whole range of illnesses.
  3. Although different, all the variants of the juice cleanse diet aim to provide a low calorie intake. The result? Your body will go into starvation mode and your metabolism will slow down (and we all know what that means!). In addition, you will probably only lose water weight, and regain that weight as soon as you go back to your normal diet.
  4. This is NOT a balanced diet. You simply won’t get all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
  5. There is no scientific proof that this is good for your health.
  6. This type of diet is usually pretty expensive.

So what do you do if you are wanting to lose weight? Adopt a healthy lifestyle. If you want sustainable results without all these ghastly side-effects then you need to focus on scientifically proven ingredients and an exercise designed for your body and your goals.

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