"I was very pleased with the quick response from Rika and her
extensive knowledge about greens and how to make good tasting
juices. She was able to tell me what greens are toxic also; I did
not know that carrot greens were toxic! This is really important
to a newbie such as myself. I look forward to visiting the site in
the future as I juice my way to good health." - Gail S.
Are you just about at the end of your rope after countless failed weight loss efforts? And are you fed up with piling the weight back on time and again, after experimenting with yet another empty 'best diet' promise?
Don't feel alone!!! Every single friend or co-worker of yours have probably been where you are right now... endlessly frustrated after getting a taste of the latest 'diet' fad and not tasting the eagerly expected positive results...
Please don't despair and give up trying!
I am here to help you with all the ins an outs of my 'Juice To Lose Weight Plan'! I will not only be sharing my best juicing for weight loss recipes, but will also be giving you 15 of my top common sense tips for losing those extra pounds and keeping them off.
My best juice recipes and tips to lose weight
But, before we go any further, let's make a deal, okay?
From here on out, I want you to start thinking in terms of being the healthiest 'you' you can be, rather than focusing mainly on dieting, feeling deprived, starving yourself and calorie counting.
Sounds good? Right! That's your very crucial first step all done! :-)
Healthy Living Quote
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. - Jim Rohn
Research About Vegetable Intake, Juicing And Weight Loss
Researchers have also found that vegetable juice can help to bring you much closer to the recommended daily intake of fresh fruits and veggies. This will in turn help you to reduce the deficiencies which might lead to weight gain.
For example, #5 and #8 are advertised as being wholesome and healthy. And, if a snack like #7 contains nuts and dried fruit, it MUST be a good choice, right? Wrong! CLICK HERE to get all 8 right now in your freebie ebook, 8 "Healthy" Foods That Cause Flab!
In addition scientists like Dr. Carl L. Keen of the University of California has found that folks who drink one glass of low sodium vegetable juice daily may find that weight loss becomes easier.
However, please remember that even the best juicing for weight loss recipes and tips won't be a magic weight loss 'pill'. It needs to become part of an overall change (more about this later), involving aspects such as...
making smarter shopping choices
stocking your kitchen with delicious, wholesome foods
avoiding processed junk foods
fun and healthy extra activity
drinking enough water
You need a strategy that is doable and can be sustained for life. That's what I am here for. This is not about going on another diet. It is about creating a healthy, juicy lifestyle you and your family can follow for life!
Does This Have To Do With Fasting, Detoxing Or Cleansing?
Not as such, no. A 'cleanse' or a 'fast' is something you do for a period and then it ends.
I believe that, generally speaking, your body is highly efficient when it comes to your always-active natural detoxification systems. Your liver, kidneys, lungs and skin are all involved in this ongoing process.
My aim here is not to get you to try and live on juice and no solid food, but to show you how to incorporate juicing into a healthy eating plan. In doing so, you will be boosting your body with a wide variety of nutrients. This in turn can help the natural detoxification or 'cleansing' processes in your body to function optimally.
Healthy Living Quote
A healthy attitude is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier - Tom Stoppard
Now, if you are healthy, you can decide give your whole digestive system a short break by drinking only juice for a day or two at a time. Or you can use a freshly prepared veggie juice as a meal replacement from time to time. But, if you have any ailment, are on medication, are pregnant or are nursing, please don't do this without your doctor's okay. And always schedule it over the weekend when you can take things easy.
I don't recommend going on an extended juice fast without medical supervision. This can be downright dangerous and may create all sorts of havoc in your body.
The main reason why juicing so often gets a bad rap from doctors and nutritionists, is precisely because it has become associated with detoxing and 'cleanses'. This makes juicing sound like just another unhealthy, unsustainable passing 'fad'... one of the maddening juicing myths I debunk here.
I believe that we need healthy, balanced and wholesome meals. Take away all those mouth-watering aromas, flavors, textures and heavenly tastes that come with healthy solid food and see what happens...
Don't be surprised if your body starts to develop a whole host of new super-strong food cravings while saying to itself, "Where on earth has all that yummy, chewy food I have always enjoyed, gone? I want it back!"
The weight you will lose with a juice fast will also mainly be water weight... not what you want to see. This will just come back once you start to eat again.
My passion is to help you to learn how you can use juicing as a nutrition tool to supplement healthy, wholesome eating and healthy weight loss
Healthy Living Quote
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family is a healthy you - Joyce Meyer
Juicing as I know it is not a gimmick, a fad, or a diet you go 'on' and then go 'off' again at some point. It is something we as a family have been doing daily for around two decades! And I have never, ever needed to go on a 'diet' or count calories.
What Are The Best Fat-Burning Vegetables For Juicing?
Are there really fat-burning vegetables and fruits? Yes!:-) One particular group of veggies is known for its fat-burning properties. Add some of these to all your smoothies and juices to boost your weight loss efforts.
How to choose the best fat-burning veggies
Love-Your-Body Juice Recipe
1/2 medium cucumber
1/4 to 1/2 small purple (red) cabbage, according to taste
6 white or purple cauliflower florets
1/2 Medium beet
3 Kiwi fruit
2 red apples
1 cup blueberries
Shredded coconut for added sweetness (optional)
Discard carrot greens
Wash all the ingredients
Trim carrot ends
Peel cucumber only if waxed. Cut into chunks
Cut cabbage into chunks
Peel kiwi fruit if you prefer. Halve
Quarter apples. Don't peel, but discard seeds
Juice all the ingredients (except coconut) and pour over crushed ice
Stir in some shredded coconut if you wish
3 Small to Medium
Check out the article below to discover how these fat-burning veggies can help with estrogen metabolism and hormonal balance. Their properties also aid in general food metabolism and detoxification. All of these can play a crucial role in reducing fat storage and preventing weight gain.
You will also learn exactly how to prepare my Weight Loss Booster juice!
Here we will look at 10 health benefits of watercress and in particular its vital role in weight loss. Did you know that a veggie like watercress can even help you with your workouts? Watch the video on the page below to see how it can prevent exercise induced oxidative damage!
I also share my very easy Citrus Watercress Salad Recipe and a powerful watercress juice recipe.
Kale comes packed with a truck load of juicy health benefits. In the next article, you can find out exactly what kale is, how to buy and store it, what kale is good for, as well as the benefits of kale for weight loss.
You can also try my Super Nutrient Smoothie and my deliciously easy Kale 101 juice recipe.
We all grew up learning that 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'. It is true that apples are superb for boosting and protecting health in general.
But did you know that this common fruit has been shown to help with fat metabolism? In fact, research shows that apples can play an important role in reducing the very dangerous visceral fat that gathers deep inside you around all your life-giving organs!
Another researcher, dr Christopher Adams of the University of Iowa, has been studying ursolic acid. Although studies on humans still need to be done, his research using mice indicates the ursolic acid may aid in preventing atrophy in muscles. It also seems to be helpful in reducing body fat, as well as in the control of cholesterol and blood sugar.
Apple peel is a superb source of ursolic acid. The compound is also found in cranberries, blueberries, plums and in herbs like thyme, mint, basil and oregano.
Read more about the benefits of apples in weight loss at the link below and get the ingredients lists for my special Green Apple Juice Cleanse and Berry Delicious Apple Juice recipes.
Would you like to improve your body's fat-burning capacity during exercise or other forms of activity? Researchers have found that vitamin C may hold one of the keys!
Your body produces carnitine, which makes it possible for your body to turn fat into energy during exercise. However, for this process to work optimally, the carnitine needs to be activated by vitamin C. So, if you are having a juice loaded with vitamin C before you exercise or go for a walk, you may just be giving your body the type of fuel it needs to stoke that fat-burning furnace!
At the link below, I list 27 fruits, veggies and herbs, all packed with vitamin C. You will also learn more about a host of other benefits these goodies can give you and get my delicious 'Good Guy' C-Juice recipe.
Is it true that a hormone imbalance and weight gain go hand in hand? Or is it just another weight loss myth?
This one is true! Hormones like leptin can play a huge role in your ability to drop those extra pounds. Other hormones, such as endorphins and adiponectin can also be major players in your struggles to lose weight.
A hormone imbalance can trigger food cravings, can give you less control over your appetite and can also slow down your metabolism big time. So, it is crucial to get a basic understanding of how to balance your hormones for optimal weight loss.
On the page below you can learn all about this and also watch 3 short videos telling you exactly what leptin is, what it does in your body and how you can avoid leptin resistance.
While juice recipes for weight loss are great, they need some help to give you long term success. So, what else can you do?
Here are 15 of my top tips for losing weight without going on a 'diet'. Take your pick and work through them one at a time.
1. Kitchen 'Detox'...
Your first step should be to 'detox' your kitchen, rather than your own body! Here's exactly how:
I want you to be quite ruthless about this (but it can still be great fun!). No cheating allowed! It works best if you and a friend can help each other. Moral support often equals more motivation! You can first tackle your kitchen and then move the show to her home for her turn.
What I have in mind is what I call a 'TEST It, Then TOSS It' weekend.
How to do this?
You start by taking inventory of your fridge, your freezer and your pantry.
If a food or snack item doesn't pass the test of being a wholesome, one-ingredient food, isn't in a form your grandparents would have recognized or clearly is something that has been processed to death (usually with a long list of ingredients you can't decipher for the life of you!)...
...it gets TOSSED! No ifs, ands or buts.
If it's no longer in your kitchen, it can't land up on your hips or tummy now, can it? :-)
The good news is that you don't need to feel deprived at all! It is just about replacing those ever-present, beckoning temptations with smarter and healthier choices.
After cleaning up your environment with your kitchen 'detox', keep it that way by making smart, common sense choices when grocery shopping. One of the most important things you can do, is to start reading food labels. If you can teach your kids to do the same, so much the better.
They will soon learn to say 'Yuck!' when they see listed ingredients like MSG, artificial sweeteners, butylated hydroxytoluene, partially hydrogenated oils or a preservative like sodium benzoate.
And remember that this goes as much for liquids as it does for solid foods!
white (Bosc pears, white cauliflower, parsnips, etc.)
To help you in this, I have developed a unique juicing app with more than 100 recipes. It is really easy to use. It shows you exactly which color groups each recipe is covering. You will also discover the truth about 5 of the most maddening juicing myths.
I don't believe in counting calories. Life is way too short for that!
However, when you start to juice, you need to remember that juices also come with a calorie count. So, don't go overboard. If you eat all your normal food and add a few glasses of juice, you may very well find yourself gaining weight, rather than losing it. Try to cut back just a tad on the size of your regular meals, in order to make room for the calories in the juice.
I normally recommend that you don't drink more than 8oz to 16oz of freshly made juice a day. This is one to two medium glasses.
7. Remember The 80/20 Rule
For the most part, you should focus on veggies when juicing. I do enjoy a fruit juice as a treat from time to time and it sure has its place in juicing, as Jay Kordich explains in the video below.
Jay Kordich Video - Juicing To Lose Weight
But normally colorful vegetables make up the bulk of what goes into our juices.
Keep in mind that veggies growing below ground, such as carrots and beets, are higher in sugar than those growing above ground. So make sure that you add a good spread to keep your sugar intake down.
Items like cucumber, zucchini and celery are superb for adding volume, without adding too much sugar.
8. Don't Skip Meals Because You Are In A Hurry
This one applies mainly to breakfast. What happens is that there is such an early morning rush getting everyone ready for the day, that there is no time to sit down for breakfast.
If this is what happens in your home, you will know that this probably means that you are so ravenous hy late morning that you grab anything that is available just to still your hunger. This is when there can be some serious piling up of calories.
Healthy Living Quote
When you have something for breakfast, you're not going to be starving by lunch - Bruce Barton
On the page below you can read all about why this first meal of the day can be so important. I will also give you a variety of really quick breakfast options.
Over the years I have found that it can be helpful to enjoy a glass of juice about 20 minutes before your main meal. This will fill you up and should help you to be less ravenous when you finally get to the dinner table. The nutrient boost can also help to reduce food cravings, so that you are less likely to overeat.
Healthy Living Quote
I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is fourteen days - Totie Fields
12. Try My 2 'Secret' Tricks When The Munchies Strike
Drink a glass of water
Often when we feel like eating, it may actually only be our bodies needing some fluid. So, when that craving hits, first try to drink some water and then wait a few minutes. You will often find that this simple act stops a craving in its tracks.
It is of vital importance to get into the habit of drinking enough water during your day. Read all about it here...Why water is crucial
Brush you teeth
Another of my secret weight loss tricks is to make sure that I always have my favorite, great-tasting, minty toothpaste available. When I start to feel peckish, I go and brush my teeth. Then I am far less likely to spoil that fresh feeling in my mouth by giving in to a craving. Just try this and see if it won't help you too!
13. Herbs And Spices For Weight Loss With Metabolic Cooking
Did you know that you can easily use herbs and spices for weight loss? You can even add some to your juice recipes!
I have a superb 37 page, no-cost ebook to download right now, called '7 Quick And Easy Cooking Tricks To Banish Your Boring Diet And Burn Fat Faster'!
In it, master chefs Dave Ruel and Karine Losier show you 7 things you can start doing today (with common ingredients you already have in your kitchen) to spice up your metabolism.
Studies have shown that too little sleep can contribute to weight gain. It can also have a severe effect on your memory and brain functioning in general. And it accelerates aging big time! Yikes!!!
My colleague Mike Geary has written an excellent article giving you some practical, helpful tips for getting a better night's sleep. He specifically recommends that you do THIS two hours before bedtime.
15. Drink THIS First Thing In The Morning...
Start your day with this easy drink
If I could show you a simple drink that...
can be prepared in under a minute each morning
costs next to nothing
can help you to improve your digestion
helps your liver to function at its best
BOOSTS your energy for the day
can seriously rev up your metabolism
...and even possibly help you lose fat, would you try it?
1 Green apple
1 Green pear
1 Cup berries (any kind)
4 Stalks celery
1/2 Medium cucumber
Handful baby spinach
Small handful parsley
Wash all the ingredients
Quarter pear and apple. Don't peel, but discard seeds
Cut cucumber into chunks (peel only if not organic)
Roll spinach into little balls
Peel lime as thinly as possible, retaining white pith
Juice, adding the parsley and spinach with the apples or celery
Serve over crushed ice
Servings: 2 Small to medium
That's it for now, folks! I hope you have a better idea of how to juice to lose weight. This guide is a work in progress. More tips and ideas will be added over time, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back from time to time.
I have given you an overview of the best fat-burning vegetables and fruits, as well as some of my best juicing recipes for weight loss. Add to this your pick from the other 15 healthy weight loss tips and you are ready to start taking steps towards the healthiest 'you' you can be! And you can get there... one step at a time!