The benefits of juicing are undeniable. Not only have I watched hundreds of people have incredible life-transformations that began with juicing, but my own life has never been the same since I was handed my first cup of green goodness.
Getting on the juicing train, however, may not be as easy as it seems. Some people get discouraged at the lack of results, or even the negative ones they experience when beginning to juice for the first time.
Some people even gain weight or feel exhausted when juicing… the exact things they are probably trying to avoid!
So what’s the deal?
Has juicing not made you feel as good as you’d hoped?
DON’T PANIC… this just means that you are juicing wrong. Turns out there is a RIGHT and a WRONG way to juice! I made the same mistakes when I got started so you’re not alone. Lucky for you I’ve been down the whole road and back again and I have figured out a lot of the tricks and secrets behind successful juicing.
Let’s go over some of the mistakes you might have fallen into. Again, don’t feel bad, most juicers fall into these mistakes at one time or another! It’s a journey. 🙂
Here are 7 reasons why juicing is making you weak and fat…
#1 Your juice contains too much sugar
Fruit is wonderful. It is the best natural desert we’ve got! However, when you juice, you can juice multiple pieces of large fruit into one glass whereas usually you wouldn’t eat that much in one sitting.
This can equal a large amount of sugar. Without the fiber to slow it down during digestion it can cause big insulin spikes and cause your energy levels to plummet.
Extra sugar will also eventually get stored as fat in the body.
Learn to avoid using too much fruit. Your juice doesn’t necessarily have to turn the color green, but it should have a 80/20 ratio of veggies/fruit. Your taste buds may not like this in the beginning but TRUST ME when I say that they will eventually begin to crave this type of liquid gold (or green)! Your taste will start to adjust within a week or two.
You also have to be a little careful with high-sugar vegetables (YES there ARE high sugar veggies!) Beets and carrots for example are higher in sugar. They make a great addition to juice but don’t use them every day.
#2 You are not eating enough food
The body doesn’t like change. It’s a survival thing. Juicing isn’t a meal replacement (unless you’re juice fasting). So if you start juicing INSTEAD of eating regular food, you’re body is most likely going to make you feel either really hungry or really tired (or both).
When you don’t eat enough the body releases Ghrelin to amp up appetite. So even though your juice is packed with amazing nutrients and micronutrients, it will go into your system quickly. Most of us are use to eating until we feel full. When your body thinks you are suddenly changing your diet, it will try to make you eat more.
Plus, if you aren’t eating enough, you’ll feel weak. To feel satiated, be sure you are getting enough protein, healthy fats and fiber (fiber is not included in juice so try adding a smoothie in the mix too).
Eat 20-60 minutes after juicing or you risk getting TOO hungry and binging on food you don’t need or want.
#3 You’re drinking juice on an already full stomach
Juice is absorbed QUICKLY. When dumped on top of other foods it may disrupt digestion, giving you digestive upset and keeping you from feeling 100% – often adding to issues like gas or cramping.
Juice works best on an empty stomach to digest effectively, giving you energy and making you feel refreshed. Wait one or two hours after meals to juice.
#4 You’re waiting too long to drink your juice
As soon as fresh juice is exposed to air its live enzymes (nutrients) begin to degrade. This is why we always recommend using your juicer daily and drinking your juice as soon as possible for best results.
In general, you should try to drink your juice within 15-30 minutes of making it.
#5 You’re juicing the same things over and over again
Variety is the spice of life. 🙂 The same is true for your body. Juicing the same thing over and over, day after day can cause hormonal issues and stress on your thyroid. Some people may even develop food intolerances if they are getting too much of it. Try to vary the things you put in your juice.
Rotate through different greens. Go to the farmers market and pick out different veggies to try every week. Look for all kinds of recipes. We’ve got a ton on our website. Try new colors, textures, superfoods and more! The list of possible juice recipes is unlimited!
#6 You’re not juicing the skins, rinds and peels
These also provide beneficial and energizing nutrients! You can even incorporate some fiber into your juices by using the skins and peels. Be sure to look up which ones are safe to juice and which ones are not. What you are able to juice also depends on the strength of your juicer.
Here are just a few of our favorite foods to with beneficial skins…
Citrus Peels:Citrus fruits have their highest amounts of antioxidants in the peels. For example, the flavonoid, naringin that is found in the peels of grapefruit, mandarin and lemons has been studied for its powerful antioxidant power. It has been shown to have high potential in reducing radiation damage to the cells. We could ALL use more protection from radiation!
Another flavonoid, hesperidin, found in the white inner layer of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange peels has been shownto improve menopausal symptoms in mice such as bone loss, decreased serum levels and decreased liver lipid levels.
Watermelon Rind:Citrulline is an amino acid found in the white part of watermelon rinds. Studies have shown it to be beneficial to the cardiovascular system and it may also have anti-diabetic effects.
Mango Skin: Packed with numerous antioxidants that are particularly beneficial to skin health.
You see? There’s a whole world of juicing that a lot of people are throwing in the garbage! If your juicer can handle it, try using a bit of the skins and rinds of the foods you juice. If your juicer isn’t strong enough, you can also blend them up into your smoothies.
#7 You’re not juicing consistently
Results will be most obvious when you juice on a daily basis. A lot of people are walking around with bodies that are laden down with toxins, environmental stressors, emotional weights and numerous health burdens. One glass of juice is definitely a fantastic start to a better life but it can’t stop there!
There is no other way to get the same magical powerful effects of juicing except to JUICE. Regularly!
Our soil is nutritionally depleted due to GMOs, pesticides and poor farming practices! Eating broccoli nowadays compared to 20 years ago is totally different.
You can make up for that fact with juicing!
If you haven’t been successful juicing, DON’T GIVE UP!
The benefits of Juicing are ENORMOUS, as HUNDREDS of our readers will jump to tell you. It has changed my life and will also change yours, if you let it.
Like anything in life, juicing takes practice, dedicated, and some guidance from those more experienced.
Last but not least, the JUICER GIVEAWAY WINNER for this week who left the best comment is…
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
During my FitLife transformation, I lost 70 pounds! That's why I signed up for the protocol, but the most exciting result is that I found ME in the process. I had been hiding under a pile of pounds, self-doubt, and grief! FitLife changed my life and I knew I had to share it with others.
-Lynne, Longwood FL
I started with Fitlife back in 2011-2012…I wrote into Fitlife asking for an extreme amount of help. I was 300 pounds, with high cholesterol, and Drew helped me transform my life. I lost over 130 pounds and I no longer have high cholesterol. Not only did I lose weight, so did my husband, who lost over 70 pounds!