Hi! Welcome to Fit, Food, and Fun Fridays! Today we’ll talk about the benefits of juicing for weight loss. So many people chase the newest trends in weight loss programs that promise fast results without much effort. The reality is that there is rarely anything new or groundbreaking in the field of weight loss. Those magical diet pills containing mysterious secret components might really just be placebos with nutritional components your body needs anyway.
Weight loss happens in one way: minimizing caloric intake while increasing activity. There is no way around it. A long-term focus on nutrition and good health is boring and tedious when compared to some magic cure that will make pounds quickly melt away. The secret is that there is no secret: a healthy lifestyle will help you lose weight. If you are serious about losing weight, you must educate yourself on nutrition, healthy eating habits, and “boosters” like juicing, instead of looking to the latest trend for a fast fix.
Although it is possible to lose some weight just by reducing what you eat, relying on that long-term can backfire or even have negative effects on your wellbeing. Humans have to eat to stay alive; food is not going anywhere. Try to view food as a friend, instead of an enemy. To maintain a healthy body weight and pursue good health, make food work WITH you by getting nutrition the old-fashioned way: by consuming foods rich in nutrients but low in calories. Juicing is a great, easy way to do this.
Canned vegetable juices have given juicing a bad rap. If you want to start juicing for weight loss, realize that juice made from vegetables and fruits tastes nothing like mass-produced products. Dieters looking to experience the benefits of juicing for weight loss can find a wide array of vegetable juicing recipes online and try several until you find one that fits your palate.
The reason why juicing is so effective is that it offers a maximum amount of essential nutrients with no addition of fats or processed sugars. Vegetables and fruits available at the nearest supermarket work fine for juicing purposes, and lots of communities today have farmer markets where fresh local produce is plentiful and affordable. High-quality vegetable and fruit juice recipes include all types of veggies and some recommend the addition of freshly made fruit juice as a sweetener. The combination of pear juice and fresh peach juice will make you forget about your regular sugar-laden, nutritionally bereft soda drink.
Juicing is a simple yet amazing way to optimize your energy and health. The best thing about this is that you can make recipes that are specific to your tastes and needs.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because the overweight and obesity epidemic is at an all-time high! We are a fat society and it’s killing us prematurely. Not only do I truly believe that you have the power to lose weight to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of obesity so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some of your chronic diseases. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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