Removing the Confusion About Losing Weight and Juicing
For decades or possibly even longer people have been juicing or blending vegetables and fruits in an attempt to lose excess body fat, and some have found great success, while others have not. So, what is the difference between juicing and blending from a dietary perspective-is it really just a matter of fiber and no fiber, or is there more to it? And are their certain ingredients that should be added and others avoided to help promote weight loss while juicing or blending? Is it these ingredients that help determine whether your liquefied food diet will help you shed excess pounds?
The answer to all of these questions is: Yes. Confused yet? Well, let’s help unravel the great mystery. First of all, both juicing and blending vegetables and fruits are a great way of including a boost of nutrients and micronutrients into your diet. The biggest concern when juicing or blending for weight loss has to do with the high sugar content of fruit. Consuming large quantities of fruit, juiced, blended or whole, will probably not support your weight loss goals, but when you consider that you can also juice and blend vegetables-this is the key to a fat reduction recipe. The problem with juicing too many fruits has to do with the amount of sugar you’d be taking in.
Consider the base of the juice or blended drink you’re going to drink. This should be made up of a low calorie vegetable such as cucumbers, celery, cabbage, dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale or collard greens, or a mixture of all of these. Then there are sweeter root vegetables that you can add for both flavor and nutrients such as beets, carrots and sweet potatoes. (Yes, you can juice sweet potatoes!). Next consider adding a low calorie citrus to the blend such as lemon, lime or even the slightly sweeter grapefruit. If you need a little more sweetness to please your palate, here is where you can consider adding more fruit for flavor such as strawberries, grapes, blueberries or a half of an orange. If you’re blending, and you’re seeking a smooth creamy vegan drink, consider adding ripe avocado or for a few more calories add a banana.
Fiber is also a factor when deciding whether you would prefer juicing or blending. Juicing removes the fiber from your vegetables and fruits, and while that may not seem like a very big deal, research indicates that the fiber in blended drinks helps prevent the blood sugar spike that is common with juices, allowing you to maintain more even energy levels and blood sugar. However, some people just prefer the texture of juices over blended drinks which can be thick and even a little fibrous.
So, if juicing or blending is your goals, there are countless juicing and blending recipes available on the web, but if your aim is weight loss you’ll definitely want to be certain that at least 2/3 of your recipe is made up of low calorie vegetables to help you achieve your goals.