WARNING: Before attempting a Juice Fast I highly advise you to check with your Physician.
I've spent a lot of time trying to improve my health and I've come to love short-term Juice fasts. While most people watch shows like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and come away thinking you have to go on a 60 day Juice fast to do it correctly, this is far from the truth. In fact, in that documentary, the creator, Joe Cross, even states that if you can go on a 10 day Juice fast "good on you."
But even if that sounds crazy or impossible, how about trying a 2 or 3 day fast just to give it a shot? The only thing that will happen is that you will drop some pounds and feel more energetic, as well as focused. We all tend to eat fast food and we all realize that it's bad for us. Because of this, I've decided to try a Monthly Juice fast that lasted at least 2-3 days at a time, and I seemed to lose most of the fast food weight that I gained, as well as started feeling a bit healthier. I found that I wanted to spend more time walking on the treadmill and bike and I went for longer walks with my dogs more frequently.
Juicing has allowed me to refocus on my diet over and over, after I noticed that I had slipped up here and there. You know how it is -- you go out with your family or friends, order a Coca Cola instead of a water, end up getting a slightly heavier meal that has more carbs, fat and calories, all while you're missing out on nutrition, of course. With juicing I am reminded that I want to live longer, be healthier and, basically, just stay at a healthier weight. In America it's not hard to gain fat very quickly, so having the ability to readjust your mindset will benefit you in the long run.
So, how do you get started with Juicing? First, I would get a good juicer if you're serious about losing fat and getting healthier. A good juicer will last you a long time and it can also help you stay consistent. A good juicer will make things easier to juice and clean up as well!
My favorite Veggies to juice are: Kale (this is one of the healthiest veggies you can eat), Cucumber (gives it a watermelon taste), spinach and, (or) if you can't find Kale, any big leafy greens will do. Greens are very good for you and will help you detox quickly.
My favorite fruits to juice are: Apples (all types, although I like to mix them once in a while), Berries (all types, although I do mix them), Lemon (1 will do in a big container of juice, otherwise cut it in half as it tends to be very strong), and sometimes grapes and cherries (yum!). As a matter of fact, if you find that your juice is not very tasty, I definitely urge you to give cherries a shot. They will make your juice much sweeter, although you should try not to add too many.
If you've never been on a juice fast before just remember that it's not easy for most people. You have to really want to give it a real try. I do recommend that you watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, as it will not only get you pumped up to try out juice fasting, but it will also give you a better idea of what you're about to try out. Juice fasting is a great way to lose weight fast, but do keep in mind that it can be dangerous if you try to do too much and you're not in the best health. This is why I do want you to talk to your physician prior to trying it out so that you can make sure you're not attempting too much.
Get yourself mentally ready or else you may give up too quickly. While it's good to drink more juice, the goal is to go on a fast of nothing but juice. This means no solid foods, nothing to drink but water and all-natural, fresh juice. I should also add that we're not talking about picking up one of those containers of Superfood juices that are pre-made and have been sitting around for weeks or months. Those juices are hardly the same thing!
What about fiber? Juicing doesn't give you much fiber, so for some people it may be beneficial to take some sort of fiber supplement every day.
I will be writing more about Juice Fasting, so please come back and check out my other articles over time! Let me know how your progress goes or even ask any questions you may have, below!