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In this post we are going to be comparing a juice diet to a regular diet, neither are especially better than the other , however depending on you (your body, current lifestyle etc.) one maybe more suitable than the other, in addition we are going to look at the pros and cons of each.
But first let’s be absolutely clear as to what I mean by a ‘juice diet’ and a ‘regular’ diet. It’s really not rocket science but none the less, a juice diet consists of:
- Your dietary intake pretty much solely being juice made in (surprise, surprise) a juicer at home.
- Very little unnecessary food intake.
- What you do consume will be nearly all fruit and veg.
Whereas a regular diet involves:
- Eating as a normal person would.
- Monitoring your food intake so as not to exceed your daily (2000*) calorie limit.
- Generally cutting unhealthy foods completely from your diet.
Note: that while dieting is the best way of shifting some pounds, it requires willpower, focus and effort on your behalf.
As mentioned above a juice diet consists of you getting your nutrients through fruit and veg juices. The main advantage of this is that because it’s a liquid you can ‘snack’ any time without the usual accompanying guilt which you would normally feel. This makes a juice diet perfect for people whose stomach grumbles during the aeon that is the time between lunch and dinner.
Another big advantage of the juice diet is the fact that you are highly unlikely to become bored with what you’re having. As most people who have tried dieting before will know your diet can become very constricting in terms of the foods that you can eat, if you have ever had pasta for lunch for a week you will know exactly what I’m talking about. However with juices if you do get bored with the one you’re currently on, you can easily throw in some different fruit and veg to mix up the flavour without much consequence.
One area in which a juice diet will come up short is the fact that they can never be done as a pure juice diet, although fruit and veg juice does have a hell of a lot of vitamins and minerals they are lacking in any good carbs. And while you are probably thinking that’s a good thing seeing as carbs are essentially fats which haven’t been burned, you still need energy to carry out your day to day activities. This inevitably means that you need to (ideally) have cereal in the morning and something like pasta or a sandwich in the evening.
Another bad thing about the juice diet is the amount of time it takes to prepare your ‘meals’. A days’ worth of juice will typically take up to 20 min to make. Ask yourself are you willing to get up twenty minutes earlier every day to make juice? The answer is probably no. Yes ok there are ways around this, you could do it the night before, but this would mean that the juice wouldn't be fresh, so it wouldn't taste as nice which could affect how long you want to stick with the diet, or you could buy from a juice vendor however a day’s worth is going to be fairly expensive and you won’t be able to accurately measure your intake.
Having said that though a juicing diet has other benefits that a ‘regular’ diet couldn't offer. For example due to fruit and veg pretty much pure good stuff (with the exception of their sugar) in terms of vitamins and minerals you immune system is going to be stronger than an elephant on protein. Additionally because it’s all pretty much liquid you are never going to become dehydrated, which in turn leads to other indirect benefits such as less headaches, and if you like a glass of wine or five with dinner, say good bye to the hangover head ache.
Again as I mentioned before a regular diet here basically means eating normal, balanced meals while watching and ensuring you don’t exceed your daily calorie limit. There are several reasons as to why someone would choose such a diet over a juice one.
Firstly there is a social aspect to eating which is all but lost when your only intake is juice; a prime example of this can be seen in offices. While everybody is out to lunch in a restaurant or cafe you sat like a lemon at your desk sipping juice. Trust me one of the worst conversations goes something like: “oh hey Rob we’re going to KFC for lunch if you want to join us” to which I would be forced to reply “I’ll pass thanks, I’ve got errmmm… juice”. The first week of any juice diet will always draw quizzical looks from any co-workers or peers.
Another advantage of a regular diet is that you actually feel full after having your ‘meal’. Because juice is a liquid it’s pretty much impossible to achieve that feeling of fullness you get when you eat a roast dinner. When dieting normally you will eat several meals which contain plenty of complex carbs and protein.
Furthermore there is a much better scene of achievement if you achieve significant weight loss through dieting the ‘right’ way, what’s more when you reach your target/ optimal weight you will find it easier to stay there, whereas those who have been on juice may have lost the weight quicker, but will eventually have to switch back to food, which is where it can all go wrong.
Doing a regular diet shares the similar problem that a juicing one has in that you will spend a lot of time preparing your meals, granted something like pasta can be cooked in around 10 mins, you will have to spend time eating them as well, which isn't a problem with the juicing where you can just drink on the go.
Additionally you will be more prone to snacking during the day a regular diet isn't ideal as you may find yourself having a bag of chips here and there which will throw you off. What’s more you are vulnerable to the ‘would you like fries with that’ effect where restaurant/ shop workers will offer you tempting side dishes with your meal.
As mentioned above the meals which you are forced to eat while doing a regular diet may become boring in the long term which can be very discouraging and put you off dieting all together, however it is worth bearing in mind that you can counter this by trying new flavours like spices etc. what’s more with the weight loss movement in a boom many companies are offering ‘lite’ versions of ready-made meals (TV dinners) which have a relatively low calorie amount when compared to standard ready meals.
Having said that though it’s worth mentioning that regular dieting has the potential to be much cheaper than a juice diet. This is because the juice yield from most juicers isn't amazing unless you add some kind of enzyme to help break them down. This of course means that you will need a lot of fruit to make a small amount of juice, whereas when doing a regular diet, pasta, bread and other good complex carbs cost a comparatively small amount making this type of diet better for those who are tightening their belt.
So where does this leave us?
As I mentioned in the opening paragraph neither diet is better in general terms, and it will very much depend on both your life style and where you want to end as to which you choose to do (assuming you choose any at all). A regular well rounded diet in my opinion is far more preferable for maintain and losing weight than ‘yo-yoing’ with your weight.
Basically what all this means is that you need to make up your own mind, though if you do want advice feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll try to help you out. So I’ll leave you with this bit of weight theory which may make your decision easier, the recommended daily intake for an adult male is around 2000 calories, if you do this and your day to day activities use more than these amounts then you’re losing weight. However if your day to day activities use less than this amount then you will gain weight, so as a starting point work out roughly how many calories you need per day and start from there.
*Recommended daily intake for a grown adult male in the UK.
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