Once upon a time I was in a continuous struggle with my weight and it just seemed like an enormous task to stick with any program or anything at all that would help me. I would always lose weight only to gain it back. This really messed with my self confidence and self esteem.
Then I found juicing and it changed my life altogether!
I’ve personally lost over 80 pounds through juicing, juice cleansing, and diet change! I imagine you’re here because you want to lose weight through juicing also? Well let me say you’ve most definitely come to the right place, because I’ve been doing this juicing thing for a long time and on this page I’ve provided a comprehensive guide to losing weight with juicing.
When you’re done reading this page be sure to check out our powerful juicing recipes for weight loss. They use many of the ingredients I’ll be talking about below, which are optimal for losing weight.
Let’s Get Started
When done right juicing can be an incredibly efficient, as well as a healthy way of shedding your extra pounds. What you’ll find on this page are the best ingredients to include in your juices for weight loss, why these ingredients work the way they do, the many ways to juice for weight loss effectively, and also info specifically about juice cleansing for weight loss.
I’ve included so much life changing info on this page that I decided to make a table of contents so you can easily click right to the section you’re most interested in! I still recommend you read this entire article if you’re serious about losing weight through juicing, but please feel free to use this table of contents if you’re looking for something specific!
Table Of Contents
Specific Vegetables and Fruits That Are Best For Optimal Weight Loss
The juices that you drink can be made up of many different kinds of fruits and vegetables, but the juices that would be most optimal for weight loss are ones that are made up primarily of vegetables. This is because vegetables in general contain fewer calories and at the same time are extremely nutrient dense.
Most vegetables will be good choices to include in your weight loss juices, but there are specific vegetables that are more optimal than others. A general rule of thumb is that you want to focus mainly on green vegetables that have less sugar in them.
Juicing Leafy Greens For Weight Loss
The first kind of vegetables you’ll want to be sure to include in either all or some of your juices for weight loss are leafy greens. The reason leafy green juices are great for weight loss is that they are low in calories, and are packed with higher ratios of nutrients than most other vegetables. I know this sounds like a repeat of what I just said above, but what I am saying is that leafy greens (and especially dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, chard, collard greens and others) are generally among the most nutrient dense vegetables there are.
Leafy greens and especially darker leafy greens contain not only higher amounts of nutrients, but also contain higher amounts of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Proteins are useful in many ways, and believe it or not to the contrary to what you may of heard, vegetables when consumed in the right ratios have plenty of proteins. When combined with a proper exercise regimen this can be an amazing combination that can lead not only to great weight loss results, but more lean muscle mass.
This is not to say that other vegetables do not have their benefits, because they do and in fact a lot of the time these other vegetables supplement leafy greens very well, because they can contain properties that are unique to them.
Juicing a wide range of vegetables and fruits will help to give your body complementing nutrients as well as amino acids. This will give your body more complete proteins and a full array of nutrients to assist with your weight loss goals.
Juicing Lemon For Weight Loss
Many claims have been made about lemons and lemon juices ability to increase weight loss. Some of them are a bit exaggerated and some of them are spot on. Lemon juice does not aid with weight loss by directly burning more calories or fat. What lemon juice does is help to improve digestion and aids in detoxification of the body overall. This helps the body to digest and absorb foods properly .
When the body is in a stressed and toxic state it does not burn fat efficiently, and by adding lemon juice to your juices you will give it the extra boost it needs to perform this function in a more optimal way.
Juicing Grapefruit For Weight Loss
Along with vegetables there are some fruits that have been noted to be good for weight loss. The first one of these is grapefruit juice. While some of the many claims made about grapefruit juice may be a bit exaggerated, there is some truth that this fruit can make a good juice for weight loss.
The only direct evidence we could find regarding grapefruit for weight loss was a study done at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, in 2004. This study investigated the effect of grapefruit on weight loss and found that fresh grapefruit and grapefruit juice had a significant effect when compared to a placebo that was taken.
The greatest results occurred when fresh grapefruit was consumed before a meal. The mechanism for the weight loss was not discovered, but the study indicated and suggested that it would be a good idea to include grapefruit in a diet aimed at weight loss. So if you like the flavor of grapefruit juice, then you can’t go wrong with adding it into some of your juices!
Juicing Celery For Weight Loss
Celery works well as a weight loss juice because it is a lower calorie vegetable with a high water content. This creates more juice content and can leave you feeling fuller after drinking it.
Celery is also packed with nutrition and contains many other health benefits as well as vitamins and minerals of its own. Celery juice makes a great post workout drink, helps to lower blood pressure as well as LDL(bad cholesterol) levels, is known to help calm the nervous system and has been shown to aid with sleep as well as insomnia.
Since all of these factors above have been shown to be related to weight gain as well as holding onto weight, celery juice can be a very effective aid when juicing for weight loss.
If you would like to read about these and other health benefits of celery juice you can follow the link provided.
Juicing Cucumber For Weight Loss
The humble cucumber is similar to celery in that most people assume it is all water with no nutrition. While it is true that cucumbers do contain a high amount of water, they also contain many nutrients as well.
Cucumber juice is a great natural diuretic, which will aid your body with flushing toxins at a faster rate. This can help to get more of the bad stuff out of your body that is keeping it from running optimally. Also like celery which contains a good amount of water content, cucumber juice can help you to feel fuller while at the same time putting less calories into your body. Cucumber juice also contains a spread of vitamins and minerals which can play a part in assisting with weight loss.
Remember That Variety Is Key
While there are many other vegetable and fruit juices that can aid with weight loss, to mention them all would take quite a few pages. The juices I’ve chosen to highlight here are among the best ingredients to include when juicing for weight loss.
While this is true I want to remind you that including a variety of other vegetables and fruits into your juices along with the ones that I’ve mentioned here would be most optimal. A good rule of thumb is to add more vegetables and fruits that are lower in sugar content as these will also usually be lower in calories. This will ensure that you get the most out of your juicing for weight loss efforts!
Juicing For Weight Loss By Adding Spices To Your Juice
Some other items you can add to your juices for weight loss, which are just as important as vegetables and fruits are spices. When adding these to your juices on a consistent basis in the recommended doses you can see some good results.
The main ingredient in Cayenne pepper that is related to weight loss is an active ingredient called Capsaicin. This is a “thermogenic chemical” that helps to speed up your metabolism for a period of time, as well as decrease your appetite. Some experts claim that cayenne pepper can speed up your metabolism by as much as 25 percent. That’s pretty amazing right?
Some people take cayenne pepper in capsule form which will get the powder straight into your body. Most will consume 1-3 capsules a day for this purpose. To begin with the powder you can add small amounts at first to your vegetable and fruit juices to test how much you can handle. You can work yourself up to 1 to 2 teaspoons a day for better results.
Cayenne pepper and lemon juice is a popular drink for weight loss and many use this combination in conjunction with other methods to lose weight quicker. This is simply done by juicing some lemon and adding cayenne powder to the mix. It might be a good idea for you as a beginner to add another fruit or vegetable juice to the mix as the two alone might make for an “interesting” drink. What I mean by interesting is that you might not be motivated to drink it very often because of its flavor!
If you’re already used to eating cayenne pepper your body may be accustomed to some of the effects. In some studies it has been suggested that once you have been using it for a while the effects may taper off. So maybe adding it to your juices on and off could yield better results.
Warning: Drinking cayenne pepper can be very hot and may take some getting used to!
If you suffer from any kind of stomach ailment such as acid reflux, stomach ulcers or other gastrointestinal problems you should definitely talk to your doctor or primary healthcare practitioner before including cayenne pepper to your diet.
Cayenne pepper has also been noted to cause general irritation to the stomach in some people, so it is a good idea to begin slowly and listen to your body if you are going to start including cayenne pepper into your juices or diet.
Chili Peppers For Weight Loss
Cayenne is one kind of chili Pepper. Other chili peppers Have been found to work in much the same way that Cayenne does, mainly because of the ingredient Capsaicin. Cayenne is just the most notable and has received the most amount of attention.
Some chili peppers can be more mild than cayenne pepper, and so it may be a good idea if you are sensitive to hot and spicy flavors that you try to work chili peppers into your juices for weight loss first. Not only can you add chili powders to your juices, you can juice fresh chili peppers in smaller amounts to get some of these benefits.
Cinnamon For Weight Loss
Many people love the flavor of cinnamon and may be very happy to hear that it has made this list! There have been quite a few studies showing the positive effects of cinnamon on weight loss, and also stabilizing blood sugar levels. This makes cinnamon helpful not only for weight loss, but for diabetes also.
These studies have been done with both Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Both of these types of cinnamon have been shown to be effective for weight loss, but Cassia cinnamon can be toxic in higher amounts.
Most studies that have shown cinnamon to be effective for weight loss have been those that use a minimum of 3 grams of cinnamon a day. 5 grams a day has been shown to be even more effective. This roughly amounts to about 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon a day. Since this is a larger amount and Cassia cinnamon can be toxic in higher doses you will want to use Ceylon cinnamon for weight loss purposes mainly.
A lot of the cinnamon that is sold in stores is of the Cassia cinnamon variety as well as other varieties. So you will need to check to be sure that what you are buying is Ceylon cinnamon.
Many natural food type grocery stores will carry Ceylon cinnamon, but if you cannot find any in your area then here are a few places to get Ceylon cinnamon. The reviews for this companies Ceylon cinnamon have been good and you can read more by following the links in the images below.
Ginger For Weight Loss
Ginger not only makes a good juice for weight loss, but also can really add a nice extra kick to your juices. Studies have suggested that ginger can help with reduced feelings of hunger as well as increased metabolism activity. Ginger has been shown to have a thermogenic effect which many say they can actually feel when you drink it in a juice. I personally always feel nice and pleasantly warm after drinking ginger juice.
Researchers at Columbia University discovered that ginger could help to aid in weight loss as well as to curb appetite. The researchers found that approximately 43 more calories were burned after eating a meal while adding ginger to the diet.
The researchers concluded that including powdered ginger in the diet could have a small but significant effect on how food is processed in the body and influence feelings of satiety without any adverse side effects.
Other research has suggested that ginger has fat burning and metabolism accelerating properties. This has lead some to believe that ginger can be used to treat obesity.
While more research is still needed in this area to understand the role of ginger in weight management it has been shown it can be an effective addition to a weight loss regimen.
Ginger can be juiced directly in its fresh state and can be found at many grocery stores. If you do not have access to fresh ginger you can add ginger powder to your juices in its place. Anywhere between 1-3 teaspoons a day have been reported to have positive results.
Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammation remedy, which can be a great help with certain injuries (knee injuries included), and for those who suffer with inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
Turmeric For Weight Loss
Turmeric which is very similar in appearance on the outside to ginger, is different on the inside and has a flavor all of its own that is unlike ginger. The main ingredient in Turmeric that makes it great for weight loss is curcumin which is a natural phenol or chemical group that is also partially responsible for the yellow color of Turmeric.
Turmeric and especially the curcumin in turmeric has been shown to have very positive benefits related to weight loss. Its effects against obesity, and insulin resistance have been well documented by experts. The precise molecular and genetic pathways, combating obesity and related diseases has been illustrated in curcumin and this amazing compound which is found in turmeric has been shown to be very helpful versus many obesity related conditions and also the causes of obesity.
I can’t say enough about what I have read related to curcumin and its effects against obesity. I have tried to keep what I have included here simple and concise so that it stays focused on the topic at hand, but if you would like to read more in detail for yourself there are plenty of studies and articles that will be in the references section at the bottom of this article. In fact if you would like to read more about a lot of what we have covered in this post you can do this by looking at the references section.
Turmeric is also highly effective as an anti-inflammatory!
To get turmeric into your juices, you can either juice it in its raw form or you can add it into them in its powdered form. Raw turmeric can be a challenge to find for some. In our experience the best sources have been natural food type grocery stores, Food Coops, or ethnic markets that sale foods related to India.
Note: Juicing raw turmeric can be interesting as it produces a strong yellowish color, which before you know it can be everywhere. It is not a huge challenge, but just be sure to be aware and clean as you go while juicing turmeric.
Also it would be good to introduce this stronger flavor slowly into your juices just like you might with ginger. Although it is a much different flavor than ginger it is similar in that a little can go a long way.
Juicing For Weight Loss By Adding Fresh Made Juice To Your Diet
I’m talking about juice that you either make yourself from home, or that you get freshly made for you on the spot, at a juice bar. Be easy on yourself if you’re newer to juicing, because you may not be so accustomed to the flavors of green vegetable juice and the ingredients I talked about above. Although you’ll want most of your juices for weight loss to be mainly low calorie vegetable juice, at the first you’ll most likely need to add some extra fruit juice to make it more palatable.
If you are completely new to juicing, or would like some more excellent information about getting started, you should read this juicing for beginners article. That article says a whole lot more about beginning with juicing than I can say here! After you’ve read that, be sure to come back here and read the rest of this one, because I’ve got a lot more to share here!
Benefits of Drinking Juice Before A Meal and With A Meal
One of the benefits of drinking a fresh homemade juice before a meal is that you might feel fuller, and therefore eat less. This can help you cut down on extra calories you might take in during your meal, and will also give your body nutrients that will aid with the breakdown of the food that you will be eating.
Freshly made juice contains high amounts of enzymes, which help to aid with digestion and the general process of breaking down the foods you eat quicker, as well as more efficiently. On top of this (and as mentioned above), a lot of juices have specific nutrients that will help to speed up your metabolism, which can have immediate, as well as longer term effects. All of these awesome benefits compound on each other!
The benefits of drinking juice during a meal are exactly the same as drinking it before a meal. Added to these benefits is that your juice can take the place of unhealthy beverages you might normally drink during your meal. So, instead of drinking that unhealthy soda or nutritionally void sugary drink with your meal, you can instead drink a delicious and nutritionally packed juice. This again can also help you to cut down your caloric intake during your meals, which will aid with your weight loss goals. It all adds up over time!
A lot of us are busy, and making a fresh juice on the spot every time we want one can be overwhelming. I completely know how it is, and I also know ways of storing your homemade juice that can help it to stay fresher, and hold onto its nutritional value longer. This way you can make your juice when you aren’t so busy, and then always have one on hand when you need it.
Juicing For Weight Loss By Replacing Snacks and Meals With Fresh Made Juice
This gives your body more of the kind of nutrition that assists with weight loss including vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and also enzymes which can help to speed up the breakdown of foods and increase your metabolism while simultaneously not loading it down with more calories!
An added benefit to replacing an entire meal with a juice is that it also gives your body extra time to work on and process other foods that are still in your digestive system.
When we are eating a meal our body will still be working on meals from earlier on that day, or even days before! When it gets backed up with these extra calories have to go somewhere. So where do these extra calories go? They get stored as fat in our cells and over time can remain there for years to come.
By replacing entire meals with fresh made juice not only are you giving your digestive system a small break, but you are also giving it a lot of the specific kind of nutrition that will help speed along the process of breaking down what is already there. By cleaning older longer sitting material out of your body, you help to make it more efficient. What’s cleaner ultimately gets leaner!
Doing A Juice Cleanse For Weight Loss
While juicing for weight loss by doing a juice cleanse you will be taking in fresh, raw home made juices as your only source of sustenance. During this time you do not want to deprive yourself or your body of calories and nutrients by drinking too little of an amount of juice. In fact it is best and more optimal to drink more juice during this time. While doing a juice cleanse for weight loss you want to aim for drinking a minimum of one gallon of fresh home made juice a day.
Liisa and myself who both write for Raw Juice Cleanse Recipes have easily lost over 100 pounds combined from juice cleansing alone!
If you’d like to read about exactly how we’ve done this I’d recommending that you check out this page where we blogged almost daily our progress during a 30 day juice cleanse we did together! We lost around 27 pounds each during that one!
After that read Liisa’s 30 day juice cleanse experience where she lost even more weight!
Detoxification Helps Optimize Your Body For Maximum Weight Loss Results
During a juice cleanse your body will be saturated with living raw nutrition and nothing else. This helps to flush your body of toxic matter that can stand in the way of your body functioning optimally. Juice cleansing for detox is just one of the ways that a juice cleanse for weight loss is so successful.
Giving Your Digestive System A Break Helps To Shed Extra Pounds
The break your digestive system gets during this time can allow for other tasks to be performed more optimally. This gives our bodies and the organs that perform some of the most important functions in them a break from having to digest solid foods. Juice cleansing for a healthy digestive system helps our body shed extra weight by giving our vital organs time to regenerate, heal and cleanse. This helps them to become more efficient and allows them to get around to cleaning our bodies out of extra waste that possibly has been accumulating for who knows how long.
You Don’t Need To Worry About Protein During Your Juice Cleanse If You’re Drinking Enough Juice!
In general and especially in cultures where there is plenty of food available, serious protein deficiency rarely occurs. It has been greatly exaggerated on and for many in modern western societies has actually lead to over eating certain foods, which has lead to more obesity and weight gain than in any other time in history.
What a lot of people do not know is that vegetables(especially leafy green vegetables) and fruits actually contain plenty of essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. When you combine these vegetables and fruits in juices, and take in a good amount of them you are getting all of the protein your body needs!
Green Juices Are Optimal For Weight Loss
It is optimal to include green juice as a good part of the juice that you will be consuming during a juice cleanse. These juices in combination with other vegetables and fruits will give you all of the essential amino acids in the proper combinations to make up complete proteins. You can read more about why you want more green juices during a juice cleanse by following that link.
An Effective and Comprehensive Juice Cleanse Guide
Liisa and myself both write for Raw Juice Cleanse Recipes and between the two of us we have plenty of experience doing juice cleanses for weight loss!
After years of searching and not being satisfied with what we found out there about juice cleansing, we decided to write an eBook that would include the core ideals of a good juice cleanse. Our complete guide includes everything that you might need to be successful when doing a juice cleanse for weight loss including a full menu and shopping list. Our eBook not only guides you through all of the aspects of doing a healthy juice cleanse, we include a lot of details inside that most other guides do not cover!
The results people have had (including ourselves!) when doing a juice cleanse using the methods we talk about in our book have been amazing and have inspired us even further to continue working here on our site! Read about the succesful juice cleanse experience a single mother of 4 children had when using our eBook!
Wrap Up, And A Few More Juicing For Weight Loss Resources!
Well that concludes this article all about juicing for weight loss, and I hope that these tips will be of great value to you in your weight loss as well as health journey. If you have any questions about anything related to juicing for weight loss please feel free to ask by commenting at the bottom of the page. No question is to small and we would love to hear from you!
We also have a few pages with loads of green juice recipes, and green juice recipes for beginners! Enjoy! As I mentioned quite a bit in this article green juice is a cornerstone of juicing for weight loss, so be sure to get more of it into your body!
If you have not chosen a juicer yet and are having a hard time sorting through all of the different information about juicers, or you would simply like to learn more about the different juicer options that are out there. Follow this link to read more about what juicer may be the best for you. That page has a whole lot of information about the different juicer types, and which ones are the best in the industry.
I wish you happiness, health, and the best with your journey toward a fitter and healthier you!
Note: Diet and exercise go hand in hand with any weight loss program. To see maximum benefits it is always good to include exercise into your daily life.
The information provided here is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications or any other health issues before starting a juicing regimen.(If possible for you, we at raw juice cleanse recipes would also recommend you see a nutritionist as well before starting any juice cleanse program.)
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