Obesity is a growing problem in all parts of the world. In the U.S. alone, 35.1% of adult Americans were considered obese. A concerning statistic that should concern us all. That’s why we should do everything we can to live an active lifestyle and adopt healthier eating habits. A great lifestyle change would start with healthy vegetable juice recipes.
Do Vegetable Juice Recipes Really Help with Weight Loss?
The short answer is ‘yes.’ I’m sure you’re wondering if there’s proof for the weight loss capability with juice recipes, when done right.
In one study published in BioMed Central, participants who followed a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet plus drank 8-16 ounces of high-potassium, low-sodium vegetable juice every day for 3 months were able to lose—ready?—4 pounds. Those who followed the same diet, but didn’t drink the low-sodium veggie juice lost only a pound.
Get this. Aside from losing more extra pounds, those who drank vegetable juice were also able to meet their daily recommended intake of vegetables (3 to 5 servings). You see, most American adults don’t get the daily nutrients they need from veggies. Thus, finding healthy vegetable juice recipes could help bridge this gap. This brings us to the next question:
How Does Vegetable Juice Help People Lose Weight?
There are several ways vegetable juice could help overweight or obese people burn off excess body fats, like by controlling blood sugar levels, improving your metabolism, increasing your satiety levels, and by suppressing appetite.
Based on the same study mentioned above, lead researcher Dr. Carl L. Keen believes that vegetable juice was an effective solution for losing weight because it has appetite suppression capability.
A report by Time Magazine has a fresh explanation. It said that fiber makes people full because it releases acetate, which is formed when bacteria in your gut ferments fiber. This waste product then signals your brain that eating time is over.
To help you out, here are few important reminders you should think about when juicing to lose weight:
1. Not all veggies help you lose weight. Be careful when choosing recipes, avoid starchy veggies, such as peas and pumpkins. They are bad for weight loss. Also, certain herbs, such as basil, can actually stimulate your appetite.
2. Take your time when shopping for juicers. Masticating juicers are the best. They do slow juicing and you wouldn’t lose any healthy enzymes during juicing. They are a little pricier than regular juicers but well worth it.
3. Fresh is always good, so make just enough veggie juice that you can consume in one sitting.
4. Store your vegetable juice in an airtight container to prevent spoilage.
5. As much as possible, buy organic veggies. If you’re not sure what kind of veggies you bought are organic, wash those thoroughly using 2% of salt water to remove pesticide residues.
6. Remember, juicing is not a complete meal replacement. A well-balanced and healthy diet is still the best. Although, it would be a great way to make it a habit and start your mornings with different vegetable juices to give you a healthy boost throughout the day.
7. And of course, be sure to consult your doctor first.
You can mix any type of mixed vegetables (not starchy ones) in the juicer to make a healthy juice. Carrots are a popular vegetable to add in the recipe. Carrots juice well and they give a little sweeter flavor to a juice.