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Juice fasts can help you lose weight and possibly introduce you to a healthier and more nutritious diet. However, it's also easy to make mistakes during the fast that can negate any of these benefits. Therefore, as long as you prepare ahead of time and stay patient, you can have a successful juice fast.
First, you need to prepare. Figure out how long you'll be fasting. You may want to try a few days, or up to a week. As a beginner, don't go overboard. Try to do three days maximum. Next, you'll need a juicer if you don't own one already. You'll also have to pick up vegetables and fruits at the grocery store. Try lemons, lettuce, beets, apples, oranges, ginger, carrots, and celery as a starting point, experimenting with your favorite flavors.
You also need to get your body ready. Before you fast, try to limit your food consumption to only veggies and fruit. Try incorporating more liquids into your daily consumption, although not exclusively yet. Once you start the fast, you may need to drink anywhere between nine to 12 times a day. You shouldn't feel hungry during the day. You also need to make sure that the juices are nutritious so that your body gets the minerals and vitamins that it needs.
In order to lose weight, just drink when you're hungry. The juices that you make already contain a low amount of calories, so don't restrict yourself. Doing so can prove dangerous to your health. Of course, you shouldn't drink juice exclusively. This can only hydrate you to a certain extent. You need to still consume water throughout the fast just as you would if you were eating solid foods.
You can exercise during the fast, but since you're not consuming as many calories as usual, keep your routine lighter than usual. You can work out as often as you usually do. Once the fast has ended, go back to eating veggies and fruits and then slowly reintroduce other foods into your diet again.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|