I firmly believe juice only fasts are for the healthy and fit. Don't stay on them for more than 7 days maximum and ideally less than 5 days. They are often offered when you go to a health resort or spa, usually for less than a week, sometimes only for the weekend.
The theory behind juices is that we can ‘cleanse’ and ‘purify’ our body by removing ‘wastes’ and eliminating ‘toxins’ (which are never defined). By following a strict regime based around juices (and eliminating all caffeine, alcohol, refined carbs, meat and dairy), the toxins will magically be flushed out and glowing health and energy will be your reward.
Be clear about WHY you’re doing a juice fast. It’s supposed to improve a whole range of common conditions such as indigestion, heartburn, poor immunity, fatigue, headaches, allergies, muscle aches and even acne, dry skin and puffiness under eyes. The claim that sucks most women in is the promise of weight loss, radiant skin and clear eyes.
What’s missing from all these claims is proof – despite all the hype, there’s no proof that a detox diet really does clean out the body nor that the average person needs to fast at all. That said, given our overconsumption of processed foods and alcohol, a few days of little or no eating can do us all good – but it’s not a formal detox!
I feel compelled to point out that these fasts are not a solution to permanent weight loss. They are only a quick fix (often promoted to “kickstart” your diet) but they don’t re-educate your eating patterns – once you finishing, you go back to your former (fattening) way of eating and the weight comes back on
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