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3 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Juicing for Weight Loss

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If I had a penny for every time I heard the question...

"Can you lose weight by juicing?"

...I'd have a pretty stocked piggy bank.

The thing about this question is that the answer really depends not on whether you're juicing or not juicing, but rather on how you're juicing.

Juicing can either be your best friend on your weight loss journey or it could be a malicious frenemy. It really comes down to how you do it.

To help you stay on the right side of juicing for weight loss, here are a few juicing mistakes you should be aware of - as well as suggestions on how to avoid these weight loss traps.

#1. COUNT LIQUID CALORIES WHEN JUICING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

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This one is a very common deterrent to weight loss and not just when it comes to juicing.

For some reason, we have this strange tendency to dismiss the calories in the drinks we have on a day-to-day basis.

It could be anything - the sugar in and cream in your coffee, that "healthy" store-bought fruit juice, the energy drink that keeps you going, or even the salad dressing you choose for your salad.

Whatever it is - it's easy to forget that the calories we drink are calories, too, even if you don't have to chew them down!

Vegetables, on the whole, are very, very low in calories but fruits can be quite high. Stick to low-calorie fruits like melons and berries while you're juicing for weight loss and keep track of how much fruit juice you're drinking on a daily basis so you can make sure it doesn't go over your calorie limit.

#2. BLEND FRUIT WHEN JUICING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

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Fresh fruit is great good for you - but even as a juicing fanatic, I will openly admit that fruit is better eaten whole or blended than juiced.

Whereas removing the fiber out of vegetables has the huge benefit of making it easy for your digestive system, the fiber in fruit serves a really important purpose of keeping sugar consumption and the resulting insulin spike to a minimum (crucial for weight loss).

That being said, fruit is not the devil and you can, of course, juice fruit even as you are juicing for weight loss purposes. Just be smart about it - include fruits in your juices only to use the parts of fruit that you normally wouldn't eat (i.e. peels, rinds, and cores that you can juice!) and to add sweetness and flavor to the less-palatable vegetable juices.

Always opt for low-calorie fruits. Melons, like watermelon and cantaloupe are low in calories and provide lovely sweetness. Same for berries.

When you can, opt for sweeter veggies like bell peppers, sweet potatoes, sweet squash, carrots, tomatoes, and beets.

#3. YOU NEED VITAL NUTRIENTS WHEN JUICING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

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Fresh juice is wonderful for your body. It provides a nutritiously dense glass loaded with vitamins, minerals, and living enzymes...but it does not contain all the nutrients your body needs.

That's why we have a little list of the best superfoods to add into your juices and smoothies.

Specifically - fresh juice does not contain enough protein or healthy fats, which your body needs for optimal function. Not to mention how beneficial both protein and healthy fats are in any weight loss effort.

Make sure you're getting enough protein from sources like lean meat, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds. If you're juice fasting for weight loss or just don't get enough protein in your diet, add soy milk or quinoa milk (both of which have as much protein as cow's milk) or supplement with a good protein powder.

If not getting enough protein is a perpetual pattern, I strongly recommend you consider a protein powder. Optimum Nutrition's whey protein powder is one of the best on the market. If you're vegan/vegetarian, the best is Garden of Life's raw, vegan, plant-based protein powder.

As for healthy fats, it's a good idea to add a good, EPA and DHA-abundant fish oil supplement to your diet - especially if you're doing a juice fast - to make sure you're getting enough essential fatty acids (EFAs). Remember that your body cannot synthesize these but they are essential, so be sure to give your body enough.

Another option is to add in a good dose of healthy fats by supplementing your juices with a low-calories nut milk like almond milk, which is only around 40 calories per cup.

However you do it - just make sure you are supplementing your juices with plenty of protein and healthy fats.

4 comments
Peter - March 14, 2015

Great article!

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Peter - March 14, 2015

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    Hannah - March 16, 2015

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Adam - March 2, 2017

Thanks for the info. I totally agree, I think many people forget the calories in their juices and struggle to lose weight.

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