The Juice Fasts diet plan is based on the idea that fruit and vegetable juices cleanse the body’s harmful toxins.
You are allowed an unlimited amount of freshly squeezed juice from organic produce, but pasteurized juices should be avoided in this detox diet.
Type - Detox Diets
Are special products required? - No
Is eating out possible? - No
Is the plan family friendly? - No
Do you have to buy a book? - Yes
Is the diet easy to maintain? - No
So how does it work?...
Like many detox diet plans, the theory behind this diet is that fruits and vegetables have cleansing powers for our bodies.
Drinking the fresh squeezed juices of fruits and vegetables is like drinking a super-powered elixir, full of nutrients and compounds that bind to harmful toxins to flush them out of the body.
The program is typical of detox diets in that you replace solid foods with liquids, in this case, fruit and/or vegetable juices.
The Diet Plan...
The simple plan of this diet makes it ideal for people who have a tough time dealing with complicated regimens.
The diet plan is to eliminate solid foods and replace them with servings of fruit and/or vegetable juices. You can drink this at any time of the day and you may have as much as you like, but you are cautioned to limit the amount you drink at any one time.
It advises you to pick certain fruits and vegetables for specific cleansing purposes, like the selection of pineapple for its ability to aid the body in the digestion of protein and elimination of excess hydrochloric acid.
Fruits high in water are supposedly good for flushing your blood stream (including apples, pears, and grapes).
Watermelon juice is a diuretic while prune and apricots are natural laxatives.
Many other fruits and vegetables are identified by Juice Fasts as having special properties or uses.
One “green juice” can be prepared per day on the Juice Fasts plan. A green juice is heavy with vegetables, made of combinations like celery and spinach, or cabbage, celery and tomato. These juices are said to have special healing and calming effects on the body.
Is it good for you?...
While fasting is a tradition that goes back several millennia, the idea that fasting is for detoxification purposes is a relatively new one (and also rather unsubstantiated).
Fasting can get you quick weight loss results, but is dangerous and can slow your metabolism to the point of negative health consequences like future weight gain and muscle loss.
In general, weight loss should be gradual rather than dramatic.
The Juice Fasts plan is designed to give you quick results with no long term stability. The idea that this diet plan will actually cleanse your body of toxins is unproven and unlikely.
It’s important to note that even in healthy people, Juice Fasts should not be continued for more than three days in a row. After three days of inadequate protein and fat intake, your body is likely to break down muscle and be low on energy, resulting in light-headedness and dizziness.
In people with diabetes it is not recommended due to the high sugar and low protein combination. People with high blood pressure, kidney stones, or gout should also avoid the diet.
For most people, a balanced and slower approach to weight loss will be preferable to the Juice Fasts diet plan.
Ingredients for one day’s juice
• 120ml grape juice
• 1/2 cup beetroot
• 2 bunches of carrots
• 1 red pepper
• 4-5 celery sticks
• Handful of spinach
• 1 garlic clove
• 1/2 habanero chilli
• Fruit or vegetable juice