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5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Juice Cleanse Diet - Have you tried this?

Posted by on Jan. 2, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Juice Cleanse Diet

by Stefanie Favicchio

juice cleanseIt's no surprise that weight loss is one of the most common New Year's resolutions. Every year, you hear tons of people talking about all the diets they're going to start, the gym memberships they're going to purchase -- they'll do just about anything to drop a few pounds.

One of the most popular (and trendy!) ways to get healthy these days is juice cleanses. It seems like everyone is trying a cleanse (even reality stars like Real Housewives Kathy Wakile!). So I decided to try one myself to get some insider knowledge on what it really takes to survive one of these things.

And here's what you need to know before starting one yourself:

1. Choose a plan that works best for you. There are a ton of juice cleanse options, so take your time to figure out which one works best with your lifestyle. Are you out of the house for a majority of your day? Will you have time to make your own juices? These are the questions you should be asking yourself prior to making a decision. I went with FitBitch Blends -- which, besides the awesome name, was an amazing choice. I got everything I needed sent right to my door and didn't have to worry about preparing anything myself.

2. This is NOT a quick fix. Everyone reacts differently. You may lose weight and you may not. But regardless, you're still giving your digestive system a chance to "reset" while flushing out all of the toxins in a healthy, natural way. Which, yes, could eventually lead to weight loss.

3. Your cleanse starts before you actually start your cleanse. I know that's confusing. This is what I was most surprised about. It's normal to think, If I'm going to cleanse myself tomorrow, might as well down these four slices of pizza tonight. Don't do it. FitBitch actually lays out what kind of foods you should and shouldn't be eating up to three days prior to your cleanse. The more you prepare your body for what's to come, the better the transition will be.

4. Choose flavors that you like. Look, you're not going to last more than an hour with a juice cleanse if you're repulsed by the taste of whatever you're juicing. Don't just hop on any bandwagon -- feel free to experiment with what you like best. There are so many different benefits from different fruits and vegetables -- but just because kale has a lot to offer, if you don't like it ... don't juice it!

5. The first day is the hardest. But it gets better after that. I promise you. Just keep in mind that you're giving your body the nutrition it needs and you can get through it.

Are you willing to try a juice cleanse?

by on Jan. 2, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM

No I haven't and I'm not willing.

lunyuny
by on Jan. 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM
No I dont think I could do it.
Mom2Just1
by Mom2boys on Jan. 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

No, I haven't. I wouldn't do that anyways.

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Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

This is from NBC news.com

By Susan Moores, R.D.

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The idea of detoxifying or purifying the body of harmful substances has been around for centuries and cycles back into popularity now and again. There are nohard numbers on how many people have tried the latest fashionable plans, much less stuck with them, but dozens of new do-it-yourself fasting books are glutting bookstore shelves.

That's what has nutrition experts sounding the alarm over possible risks from lengthy or repeated fasts. Vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood-sugar problems — not to mention frequent liquid bowel movements — are some of the seriously unpleasant drawbacks to these plans, which are skimpy on solid foods and often call for laxatives.

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Because the crash diets can upset blood sugar, potassium and sodium levels in the body, people with diabetes, heart or kidney disease or women who are pregnant or nursing shouldn't try them, experts say. Children, teens, older adults or people with certain digestive conditions should also steer clear.

Detox diets

The scores of detox diet books and kits out there each have their own take on how to cleanse the body — one calls for spices and fruit juices, another for only vegetable purees — but most of them boil down to extremely low-calorie, primarily liquid diets.

The idea behind these plans, which can last anywhere from three days to about a month,is to rid the body of toxins absorbed from the environment and the less-than-healthy foods we eat. This cleansing is supposed to leave you feeling energized.

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Many intestinal experts say we don't need an extreme diet to cleanse our insides.

“Your body does a perfectly good job of getting rid of toxins on its own,” says Dr. Nasir Moloo, a gastroenterologist with Capitol Gastroenterology Consultants Medical Group in Sacramento, Calif. “There’s no evidence that these types of diets are necessary or helpful.”   

While there are medical conditions that interfere with organ function and prevent the body from clearing toxins, healthy people already have a built-in detoxification system — the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin, says Moloo.

And by attempting to flush out the “bad stuff” from our intestines, Sandon warns, you're also "flushing out the good bacteria that keep the intestines healthy.”

Lots of bathroom time
The side effects from prolonged, severe calorie restriction can include headache, fatigue, irritability, aches and pains. Because many rely on aggressive laxatives, these diets can also get pretty messy. Frequent bathroom visits can lead to irritation and breakdown of skin on your bottom, as well as dehydration. Video: Do detox diets really work?

While believers claim they feel lighter and more energetic, studies on starvation show the longer you fast, the more lethargic and less focused you become. Because most of these diets contain very little protein, it can be difficult for the body to rebuild lost muscle tissue.

Although people can quickly drop pounds on these diets, the majority of people regain all the weight they lose on any diet, especially the highly restrictive varieties, according to recent research published in American Psychologist, the journal of the American Psychological Association. While people can lose 5 to 10 percent of their weight in the first few months of a diet, up to two-thirds of people regain even more weight than they lost within four or five years, the researchers found.

Cutting back on high-fat foods, eating in moderation and consuming more vegetables and fruits may not seem as glamorous as starving yourself like a celebrity for days, but it's healthier for you in the long run and certainly sexier than rushing to the bathroom all day.

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