Juicing has become very popular lately and many are using juice as the main ingredient in their cleansing and detox programs (aka as a Juice Fast or Juice Cleanse). This is where you have nothing but fruit and vegetable juices, water, and sometimes broth. Juice fasts can quickly drop you a few pounds because of the decrease in calories and most programs last for about 3 to 5 days.
While a juice cleanse can feel amazing for some people, many do not. If you’re considering a juice fast I’d like to give you something to consider.
Personally, I don’t think juice fasting is the way to go for most people. Why? Because in the United States we have an incredible epidemic happing right now— 1 out of every 2 people has diabesity and 90% them don’t even know it.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, Diabesity is the #1 cause of obesity, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and type 2 diabetes. If Diabesity is a new term for you, you may also recognize it as Insulin Resistance, PreDiabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Syndrome X, or Adult On-set Diabetes. Did you know there are 27 Million diabetics in this country?
So what does this have to do with juice fasting?
When you drink juice (especially without the pulp or fiber) the fructose from the fruits and vegetables spike your blood sugar. Then an hour or two later you experience a hard crash and it can really hurt. Now you could just sip on your juice every 10 minutes, but the problem is still that your blood sugar remains elevated with no protein, fat or fiber to slow down the absorption of sugar.
And I know many of you are already struggling with blood sugar problems— right? Excess weight, sugar cravings, migraines, bloating, belly fat are all possible signs of blood sugar imbalances.
The bottom line is that I don’t believe juice cleanses or juice fasts are an ideal way to go for most people wanting to lose weight. Instead, my approach is to show people how to keep their blood sugar balanced with a whole foods approach so they can eliminate sugar cravings, lose their belly fat, and increase their energy.
If you’re looking for a /short/ program to kick start your weight loss and increase your energy then check our my Jumpstart programs.