One of the growing weight loss trends of the past year or so is fasting, which usually involves cutting your food intake significantly for a day or so at a time.
There are also those who believe strongly that to lose weight efficiently then you should give your body a good cleanse too.
Often a cleanse will involve eating very little if anything at all, while you ward off hunger through drinking juice.
However, despite the fact you will lose weight using this method it is not good for your health. With these so called “Juicerexics” putting their bodies under increasing pressure.
What did Dr Oz say about Juicerexia?
Dr Oz had this to say about Juicerexia:
“Addicted to the rapid weight loss, some woman are taking this new diet craze to dangerous extremes.”
“Women who do these juice cleanses can, and do, die from heart problems.”
“The heart will literally disintegrate, it’ll melt away, without nourishment.”
This means that you cannot lose weight healthily without eating. Your body needs nourishment and the vitamins and minerals found in food will provide you with it.
Juice cleanses will often only result in water weight and muscle mass being lost.
With water weight quickly returning once you start eating properly again you may find yourself in a never-ending cycle of weight loss and weight gain.
Losing muscle mass is also bad for your weight loss efforts, as this helps to keep your metabolism burning. As the muscle is lost your metabolism will slow, meaning less weight will eventually be lost.
Proven ways to lose weight
If you want to lose weight then you should do it healthily so you should avoid fad diets such as Juicerexia.
Start by cutting back on your visits to the takeaways and restaurants, and certainly reduce the amount of junk food you eat.
Instead try to make your own healthy home cooked meals. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables and make sure you are eating plenty of lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey or fish.
Protein is important for any weight loss journey as it is not only slow to digest, therefore will keep your hunger cravings at bay, but is also helpful for building lean muscle.
As mentioned already muscle is useful for keeping your metabolism high so it would make sense that to boost your metabolism that you try to increase your muscle mass.
This does not mean you have to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but losing the fat and building a little muscle will make you look infinitely better.
Workout 2-3 times a week using a mixture of resistance or weight training combined with cardio and you will soon start to see results, especially if you currently do very little exercise.
You don’t even need a gym membership as there are plenty of exercises you can do in your own home that can help you to get in shape.
Finally to flush out those toxins that prevent weight loss try to increase the amount of water you drink daily. It also has the benefit of reducing your hunger cravings too.