Juice Fasting: Reboot Your Body
Juice fasting is a popular way to “detoxify,” lose weight, or challenge your mind and body. Yoga practitioners from Yoga Journal magazine expound upon the benefits of fasting and its ability to rid our bodies of “[t]he old stuff, [ . . . ] acid, toxins, and mucus that build up in our digestive systems,” leaving us “light, cleansed, and refreshed.” Similarly, Mary Beth Janssen of Organic Spa Magazine wrote about how her 28-day cleanse with Goddess of Raw and Guru of Detox Kathryn Calabrese made her “feel amazing” and left her body “leaner, meaner and noticeably more flexible.”
This book aims to integrate the positive aspects of juice fasting, while also including allowances (such as optional snacks of lean protein) that increase your chances of success. You will find an action plan for afterwards so that you can continue your healthy habits. The goal of this book is to help you lose weight in a sustainable manner and integrate positive health choices into your daily life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kaitlin Louie is a passionate writer and health enthusiast who resides in the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature from Stanford University, but also studied Human Biology and Chemistry during her undergraduate years. When she is not freelance writing, editing, or tutoring students in English literature and composition, Kaitlin enjoys social dancing, yoga, martial arts, writing creatively with her friends, and researching the latest health and fitness-related news.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
At its core, juice fasting is a reduced-calorie diet, which is the primary reason for its effectiveness as a weight loss method. In this section I am going to talk about the basic, but essential, principles of successful weight loss and how they apply to juice fasting (or any weight loss regimen, for that matter). These principles are:
Moderate caloric intake:
Ultimately, all successful weight loss regimens have this component. In order to use the energy from your fat reserves, you must take in fewer calories than you burn. On the flexible juice fasting regimens included in this book, you will be taking in anywhere from 1000 to 1400 calories a day in juices, lean protein accompaniments, and salads (to help you with the desire to chew).Limit intake of sugar and refined carbohydratesSugar and refined carbohydrates spike your appetite rather than satiate it because they are digested quickly by the body. The latest nutritional science has revealed that it is not fat that is the real culprit in weight gain, but rather foods that spike insulin levels (such as sugar, white bread, and other refined carbohydrates).
Up your intake of produce (fruits and vegetables):
No surprises here! Instead of relying on refined starches and processed foods for quick but transient energy, turn to (preferably organic) produce. Fruits and veggies satisfy your body better than refined and processed carbs because they are what your body was naturally designed to eat.
Eat protein with your carbs for enhanced satiation:
See the section on sugar and refined carbs above, or follow this link to an article by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition for more info on the power of protein to satisfy your hunger.
Eat regularly to avoid steep crashes in blood sugar:
Eating every few hours ups your chances of success, because it keeps your appetite in check and reassures your body that it is not starving.
Juice Fasting: Reboot Your Body
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