Inculcating certain healthy habits in your daily diet can bring about remarkable changes in your life and health. It is best to clarify a few confusions that are associated with juicing. Juicing on an occasional basis while gorging on unhealthy foods and living a sedentary lifestyle can’t help in losing weight. It is a healthy habit that must be included in daily life to enjoy its health benefits. Consuming natural fruit and vegetable juices is extremely beneficial for detoxifying the body and is one of the best natural ways to lose weight and jump-start the process of fat burning.
Well, the most common question that circles the health and fitness circle concerning juicing is that whether it is better to have fruits and vegetable juice or have them whole. Having the whole fruits and vegetables is the best option indeed but there are certain reasons why juicing wins the day.
Although pills and crash diets are widely available that can promote weight loss apparently, but most of them have been shown to have severe side effects in the long run and therefore it is best to resort to natural remedies that are time tested and have no harmful effects on health.
The importance of carrot juice for weight loss is well known. Carrots are extremely low in calories and high in fiber that makes carrot juice a perfect vegetable juice for weight loss. Being rich in fibers, it helps keep the tummy satiated for a longer time and prevents mindless cravings, which is one of the main reasons for weight gain. Studies show that eating grapefruit after consuming a meal high in fats can help in cutting out the calories by a fifth. Therefore, a combination of these two superfoods for weight loss makes the ideal smoothie for burning calories.
Peel the grapefruit and cut the inner flesh into rough cubes. Peel and cut the carrots into small cubes. Add all the ingredients in a food processor; add the lemon juice and peeled ginger to it. Mix it for 3 to 4 minutes and pour in a tall smoothie glass and enjoy. This is one of the best home remedies for weight loss that shows great effectiveness when drank once on a daily basis.
Balanced diet plans to lose weight should include beets. Beetroot helps in enhancing exercise endurance and stamina so that you can sweat it out longer in the gym without feeling drained. It contains a high level of both soluble and insoluble fibers that helps in weight loss. Ellagic acid and anthocyanins present in strawberries helps in weight loss by reducing inflammation and restoring the functions of weight-reducing hormones. Anthocyanins stimulate the production of hormone adiponectin that boosts metabolism and suppresses hunger by slowing down the speed of digestion of starchy foods.
Peel the beetroots and carrot and chop in small cubes, add all the vegetables and strawberries in a food processor, add 1/4th cup water and blend well to form a smooth paste. Pour in a tall serving glass and enjoy.
Cucumber is an amazing vegetable that helps to lose weight naturally, and a healthy diet for weight loss often includes this juicy vegetable. Being rich in water and low in sodium, it helps in reducing bloating and water retention. Comprising of merely 45 calories, it makes a surprisingly low calorie snack that you can munch any time and also works in bulking up the salads. Kiwi fruits are loaded with energy, nutrients, and vitamins and are low in calories that make it a perfect delicious tart snack for those trying to lose weight. Kiwi is also rich in dietary fibers that help in keeping you satiated for longer, thereby preventing mindless munching.
Peel and chop the kiwi and cucumber, add it to the blender, add a dash of lime and the mint leaves; blend well and experience the fat fighting power of this mean green smoothie.
Natural weight loss remedies must include bell peppers. The brightly colored peppers, especially the red ones are rich in capsaicin that provides it with the spicy and burning feature. Capsaicin increases body temperature and speeds up metabolism through thermogenesis that helps the body in burning calories and improving fat oxidation. Eating at least 6 mg of capsaicin on a daily basis increases the burning of abdominal fat in both men and women. Apples are low in fat, calories and sodium and high in fibers and vitamins that make it the perfect natural weight loss food. The water soluble fibers in apples help in extracting cholesterol from the blood stream and keeping the heart healthy.
Chop the bell pepper and the apple and add it in a blender, add the lemon juice and blend all the ingredients with 1/2 cup water for a few minutes, pour the contents in a glass and enjoy the spicy and hot taste of this delightful red smoothie.
A balanced diet for weight loss must include raw celery as a crunchy and satiating snack that doesn’t add excess calories to the body. Being extremely low in calories and high in vitamins C, K, folate, potassium and dietary fibers, it also makes an important ingredient for juice diet for weight loss. A combination of celery with juicy cucumber and delicious apples helps in enhancing its effectiveness for weight loss even further.
Chop the celery stalks into medium sized pieces, chop the cucumber and apple and add all the ingredients in a food processor, add ½ cup of water to it and blend well to form a smooth paste. Pour in a drinking mug and enjoy with a dash of lemon.
Any vegetarian diet weight loss must include mint. It not only helps in enhancing the taste of the dishes, but also aids in weight loss by suppressing appetite. Being a natural appetite suppressant, chewing a few mint leaves between meals helps in checking the craving for unhealthy snacks. Watermelon comprises mainly of water and being hydrating, filling and extremely low in calories, it makes a perfect fruit for weight loss. It is also the best fruit for cleansing and detoxing the body. Kale is often called the king of vegetables that are high in fiber, antioxidants and beta-carotene that not only aid in weight loss but also improves cardiovascular health and prevents cancer.
Wash and chop the mint and kale leaves and pour all the ingredients in the food processor along with 1/2 cup of water, blend well to form a paste of smooth consistency, pour in a large serving mug and enjoy with a sprinkle of chia seeds powder on top.
Pineapple, the delicious tropical fruit with refreshing flavor is useful for weight loss because of its high water and fiber content that aids in achieving the weight loss goals by keeping you satiated for longer. It also helps in suppressing appetite and reducing the craving for unhealthy snacks. Spinach, yet other leafy green vegetable helps in preventing food cravings and is an important part of low calorie meals such as the GM Diet and 1200 Calorie Diet plan because you can eat a lot of it without thinking about piling up calories.
Chop the cucumber and spinach roughly and add all the ingredients in a food processor and add ½ cup water to it. Blend well and pour in a serving glass and enjoy the tangy and flavorful taste of this weight loss smoothie.
The best diet for weight loss must include broccoli. A cup of broccoli contains only 40 calories and is a rich source of vitamins A, C, K along with dietary fibers and folate. It is also an effective vegetarian source of omega 3 fatty acids that also aids weight loss. Like most green vegetables, it helps in keeping you full without adding empty calories. Lettuce, especially romaine lettuce is extremely effective in burning abdominal fat and speeding up weight loss from the tummy. It is not only loaded with beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C and dietary fibers but is also abundant in chromium that aids fat loss and retains and promotes the formation of lean muscle mass when combined with routine exercise.
Chop the broccoli, lettuce and cucumber roughly and add all the ingredients in the food processor, add ½ cup of water and blend thoroughly to make a smooth paste, pour it in a tall glass and add the lemon juice to it. Enjoy it first thing in the morning.
The best juices for weight loss must include tomatoes. These delicious and juicy red fruits are rich in antioxidants that help in reducing the harmful effects of inflammation and fluid retention in the body. It also helps in reversing leptin resistance in the body that helps regulate metabolism, appetite and the fat burning process of the body. There are various ways in which asparagus helps in losing weight. Being a great source of soluble fibers, it helps in keeping you full and suppressing hunger. It helps in controlling blood sugar by helping in blood glucose metabolization. It is a natural diuretic that helps in flushing out excess fluid from the body and is a natural remedy for bloating.
Tomatoes – 3 Medium Sized
Asparagus – 6 Stalks
Carrots – 3
Wash and chop all the vegetables roughly and add it to the food processor, add 1/4th cup of water, blend well and pour in a serving glass. Enjoy with a hint of lemon juice and mint.
Pears are high in carbohydrates but low in calories, that makes it the perfect pre and post workout food that improves lean muscle mass and reduces the craving for unhealthy foods by increasing satiety that makes it a perfect ingredient for weight loss juices. A medium sized pear contains only 100 calories and has 6 grams of fiber that takes time to break down in the stomach and keeps blood sugar under control by constantly releasing a controlled amount of glucose in the blood stream. But you must be wondering, why it is called the Spicy Smoothie, because none of these ingredients are spicy. This is because, we are going to add a dash of cayenne pepper on top of the smoothie to give it a spicy and hot twist that also promotes fat burning through thermogenesis.
Peel the skin and remove the seeds from the pear, chop the spinach and strawberries and add all the ingredients in the food processor, add 1/4th cup of water to it, blend well, pour in a glass and enjoy in the evening.
The best way to maximize the effectiveness of these juices is to substitute them with other solid foods during breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner and have a healthy and active lifestyle to burn fat and have a fit body.
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Devi Gajendran is a Post Graduate in Nutrition (University of Madras, Tamil Nadu) and has tons of experience in Fitness and Nutrition. She is the chief advisor and full time contributor at the Fit Indian and has the final say on all the segments under the Fit Indian paradigm, such as beauty, fitness, home remedies, diseases, diet tips, weight loss, weight gain and so on. A foodie herself, she believes in the Hippocrates quote,” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A fitness enthusiast, she believes that the combination of diet and exercise can work wonders. When she is not sharing her valuable knowledge about food and fitness, she likes to spend quality time with her family members, do some healthy baking and listen to soft soulful music.