To burn fat, you need to eat less or move more. A diet that limits your intake to just juice may help you limit your calorie intake to lose weight, but there's no home remedy juice concoction that's going to speed up the fat burning or weight loss. Consult your doctor before making changes to your diet.
Juice and Weight Loss
A juice fast is a fad diet that some may follow to promote weight loss. On the diet, intake is limited to water and fresh juice made from fruits and vegetables. The length of a juice diet varies, but it may last for three days or longer. These types of diets help you lose weight by restricting your food choices and, in turn, your calories. It's still possible to consume enough calories in juice to prevent or limit weight loss, however.
Calories in Juice
If weight loss is your goal, all calories count, even the ones from fresh juice. The calories in juice may vary depending on what you're blending. In general, 1 cup of fruit juice has about 120 calories, while the same serving of vegetable juice has about 50 calories. Some vegetables may contribute more calories than others, however. For example, 1 cup of fresh carrot juice has about 70 calories, and 1 cup of beet juice has 110 calories.
Fresh Juice in Your Diet
To keep a lid on calories to promote weight loss, make low-cal vegetables -- such as cucumber, celery, kale and spinach -- the focus of your fresh juices. A good low-cal combo that might work for your weight-loss diet includes cucumber, celery and ginger with one carrot for a touch of sweetness. Or try spinach, kale, tomato and lemon. If you like a little spice, consider tomato and celery with a dash of pepper. For a lower-cal fresh fruit juice, try apple with cucumber, lemon and lime.
When weight loss is your goal, you may want to limit your fresh juice to 8 ounces a day. Juice isn't as filling as eating the whole fruit or vegetables and may not be very good at keeping you satisfied on a reduced-calorie weight-loss diet. For a more filling beverage, consider blending your vegetables instead of juicing them so you get the bulking fiber too.
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- University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture: The Exchange List System for Diabetic Meal Planning