While green juice isn’t a magical cure-all, the short answer is “yes”, especially when it’s part of a healthy lifestyle.
While experts agree that more substantive data is needed to definitely answer whether green juice for weight loss is effective, several studies have been performed that seem to link juicing (and a broader raw food diet) with weight loss.
For instance, a 2006 Raw Food Diet Study by Lenka Zajic surveyed more than 500 raw foodists from a range of age groups and nationalities who had followed a diet consisting of 80-90% raw foods for at least two years. Results suggested that an increase in fresh, living foods (like green juice) resulted in weight loss, less overeating, and less dieting. Other benefits included improved sleep quality, clearer skin, and increased energy, flexibility, and strength.
Encouragingly, 75% of the participants said that their healthier diet was a factor in helping them reach their ideal weight. And while some did regain weight after the initial drop, most regained only 25% or less.
Another study in 2017 had 20 healthy adults drink only vegetable and fruit juices for 3 days, and then return to their regular diet for 14 days. Overall, after three days of juicing, the participants showed a significant decrease in weight (around 2kgs) and body mass index.
Even after going off juicing, participants were able to maintain a weight loss of 1kg that lasted throughout the subsequent two weeks of observation along with an improved sense of well-being. Researchers also found that just three days of juicing was enough to positively affect the participants’ intestinal microbiota (the microorganisms living inside our gastrointestinal tract that affect nutrition, immunity, and other body processes). Amazingly, in just three days, juicing was able to decrease the proportion of bacteria linked to increased body weight (Firmicutes) and increased another kind of bacteria (Bacteroidetes) associated with low body weight. These proportions are a key difference between obese and lean individuals.
While these studies are encouraging, there is even more anecdotal evidence that links green juice with weight loss.
Green juice fasting has become increasingly common in recent years as a way to quickly lose weight or to detox, typically by meeting the majority of your nutritional needs solely through juice. While there is some value to such a regimen, there may also be some unwanted side effects including slowing down your metabolism (making it harder to lose weight down the line), quickly regaining the weight you lost once you stop juicing, and perhaps even depriving your body of some of the nutrients it needs.
On the other hand, a green juice diet implies more of a long-term strategy to weight loss and overall good health by being just one spoke in the wheel of well-being, along with regular exercise, limiting processed foods, getting enough sleep, and making whole foods (along with lean cuts of meat and fish) at least 50% what you eat.
Replacing just one (or two) meals a day with green juice is seen by many as a more sustainable lifestyle choice, one that you’ll be able to stick to (and even find yourself enjoying!), which means you’ll also reap the health benefits which come from such a transition for the rest of your life. While diet products (including nutritional supplements, special foods like pre-prepared, reduced-calorie meals, prescription drugs, and exercise programs) are designed to help you lose weight, their goal isn’t necessarily to make you healthy. Green juice costs much less and will likely help you keep that weight off because it becomes part of your lifestyle rather than just being a quick fix.
Green Juice Recipe for Weight Loss
To lose belly fat, opt for more vegetables and less fruit. Vegetables with low sugar content include cucumbers, spinach, celery and kale (which can also revive your metabolism).
Here’s one of our best green juice recipes for weight loss using fresh ingredients.
Wash everything well. Peel the cucumber and lime (or lemon). Juice the soft ingredients first, including the spinach and parsley, followed by the harder ingredients to ensure all the leftover leaves (and their nutrients) get pushed through the juicer. Enjoy!
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