What your body experiences during a juice cleanse.

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Last week, I encountered a man who told me he was spending $50 per day on a three-day

“juice cleanse.” While I admired his commitment to enhancing his health, I was saddened by the likelihood that it would be a waste of time and money.

And sadly, this is something I hear almost weekly.
It’s human nature to seek a rapid solution to a problem, and there’s no doubt that for the majority of us, our health and weight is a significant issue, or at least we perceive it to be.

Therefore, juice cleanses appear to be the ideal solution; in the prescribed 3-7 days,

you can lose weight and completely transform your health – who wouldn’t want that?
However, this is not what actually occurs.

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You will indeed lose weight.

If you desire swift weight loss, a juice cleanse will almost certainly deliver the results you seek.

When consuming nothing but fruit and vegetable juice for days on end, the precipitous reduction in kilojoules intake is not surprising, and neither is the subsequent weight loss.

But ‘Weight’ loss is not the same as ‘fat’ loss. As your body expends its carbohydrate reserves and consequently loses a significant quantity of fluid,

the majority of the weight loss you observe on the scale will be water.
In addition, a portion of the weight lost is likely to be muscle,

which is not the type of weight loss you desire. Yes, you may experience euphoric ‘enhanced wellbeing’.

Initially, a juice cleanse may make you appear and feel better, but this is not due to any miraculous ingredients in the juices. It’s due to the fact that you’re consuming significantly more fruits and vegetables than usual and have eliminated highly processed foods, alcohol, saturated fat,

and added carbohydrates. Consequently, the initial sensations of improved wellbeing are hardly extraordinary.

In addition, you will undoubtedly feel superior while sipping your matcha green tea

and kale smoothie while everyone else consumes carbohydrates and protein.

And it has been clinically demonstrated that arrogance produces euphoria.
However, caution.

Your body will resist.

As with any extreme change, your body will perceive a threat and respond accordingly.

After the first couple of days, you will likely experience extreme fatigue and appetite.

This is your body’s attempt to protect you from the famine it believes you are experiencing by conserving its diminishing energy reserves and forcing you to find sustenance.

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Hunger is unavoidable.

When we restrict calories, especially carbohydrates, our blood sugar levels plummet, resulting in migraines, nausea, lethargy, and irritability. Combine this with a lack of fat and protein, and you have a recipe for extreme hunger. Avoid scheduling any social events and inform everyone at work.

You will likely experience constipation.

While fruits and vegetables naturally contain a great deal of fiber, the juicing procedure removes the majority of it. Fiber not only helps us feel full, but it also keeps our digestive system running smoothly,

so there’s a good chance you’ll feel at least a little blocked up.

And be prepared for a rebound

Yes, you will likely be surprised by how rapidly you lost weight during your juice cleanse.

However, you will be even more surprised by how rapidly you regain it once you return to your normal diet.
In the end, our extremism and all-or-nothing mentality are the true problem, not our lack of juice consumption.
Unfortunately, juice cleanses perpetuate this extremism and do nothing to resolve the issue.

Accepting that quick fixes do not work over the long term and focusing instead on enduring,

sustainable adjustments is necessary. It may be unattractive, but suppose what?

It functions.
And as for the man on the juice cleanse, I later learned that he had a large plate of ribs before beginning the ‘cleanse’ and celebrated its completion with a burger and fries.

I don’t believe a dietitian is required to determine that the advantages of this 3-day program would have approximated zero.

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