Why Your Dietitian Is Denouncing That Popular Juice Cleanse

juiceFirst things first, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with drinking juice, as long as it’s done in the correct way. You may be wondering or thinking to yourself, “there’s a wrong way to drink juice?” The short answer to this conundrum is yes. With so many people putting their trust in the everyday, run of the mill juice that they purchase at the grocery store, it’s no wonder that the country is fighting an obesity and diabetes epidemic, particularly in young children. Much of this is due to the fact that not all juice is created equal, but not enough people know this or understand it to make better and healthier choices in their foods and drinks.

The juice cleanse has become a global phenomenon and the United States has jumped on the bandwagon, as it is seemingly an easy way to get the daily recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, all in the comfort and ease of a drink throughout the day. However, pulverizing down fruits and veggies into liquid form actually takes many of the nutrients, minerals and antioxidants out of them, and many juice cleanse participants are drinking more plain water than they realize.

“Juice cleanses and liquid detox diets are actually not all that healthful or safe as people would like to believe. They are an untested and non-natural  approach to weight loss,” said Joy Dubost, dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “There’s no actual hard evidence or any solid scientific research that proves it has any lasting benefits, especially none that outmatch that of regular healthy dieting and eating habits as well as regular physical activity.”

Cleansing has actually shown to be ineffective when used as a long-term solution to weight loss. One of the biggest reasons that cleanses have deceived those partaking in them is the initial loss of weight during the cleansing process; stepping on the scale and seeing the numbers decline is typically only temporary and is usually due to a loss of water, which is almost always gained right back once the cleanse is completed.

This loss of water weight that people experience, is also due to a loss of muscle, and what many people do not realize is that weight loss isn’t all about numbers on the scale – it’s also very tied into body fat percentage and lean muscle mass. So, when looking to lose weight as the juice cleanse states it helps people to do, the objective should be to lose fat, not muscle.

Because cleanses are filled with fruit and vegetable juice, there is little in the way of protein and actual calories; having more muscle and less body fat actually helps the body’s metabolism to function at a high level, which then leads to healthy weight loss, which is the goal in the first place. So, in conclusion, it would appear that cleanses do not do much in terms of the desired weight loss; in actuality, they set you back. The body detoxes on its own, so feeling the need to “flush the body of toxins” is unnecessary and can be dangerous.

 

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