Juicing for Weight Loss, Hype? Case Study Day 1

Well not only is day one of juicing behind me but another day on the calendar until my wedding date has also just flown off the calendar. It is now only 49 days until my wedding day and I’m still juicing, so that’s a good sign. I’m trying to lose weight so I can be slim & fit by the big day and also look better on my honeymoon. After I’m done juicing I plan to start a pretty strict workout plan to tone up and get some of those muscles back in shape. While I’d love to work out a lot while I’m juicing, it’s not the most feasible thing as your energy levels can fall off. I’m not against trying it though and you’ll be hearing about how that works out.

This is the second time around for me in trying out a long enduring juicing fast to get back on track and lose weight. When I read about people being against this diet plan, fad or hyped up health nut method many people say that you gain weight you lose back very quickly. I will definitely say this was not the case for me last time. In the beginning you put back on some food weight of what is not in your system, or intestines & stomach again. Clearly after a couple of days you have no food in you to weigh you down. Other than that, you still can maintain that weight loss if you don’t go cramming down cheeseburgers, swallowing snickers and chugging down Mountain Dew. Regardless, you’ll get to see the weight I lose and then we’ll see when I gain it back, right?

Juicing Symptoms

Food Advertising everywhereSo what were my symptoms this time that were hard to deal with at times? The first one is obvious, hunger. The hunger wasn’t really what you think however, it was more psychological and physiological. The very first thing you realize within about 12 hours of juicing is that everything in our world is centered around eating. Advertisements on the radio, on TV, on billboards and online scream food every 5 – 10 minutes of the day. You can’t escape the discussion of food, the pictures of food and the rewards of food in every step of your day. First thing you have to learn is to separate yourself from that and get some self control.

When you’re juicing you also realize that not only are ads & companies trying to get you to eat constantly but so are your friends, families and even people you don’t know. Want to hang out with your friends or family? Undoubtedly a plan will be made to eat some delicious food when you’re together whether it’s grabbing some food, going to a restaurant, sitting down and having a snack, an ice cream cone, having a beer or a soda. Social food is a so prevalent you’ll be shocked. I know this sounds obvious but you really don’t realize how prevalent it is in American society to eat when something is going on, or you are going to do something, until you are the odd one out.

This time around I did experience some pretty quick bathroom visits within about 12 – 13 hours of starting a full juicing detox. It was more than one visit and you are certainly aware that you are juicing and something is going on different in your body! You should also get very used to going to the bathroom to pee, it becomes a ritual that you are not accustomed to.

After about 12 hours you will also notice you’ll have some moments of irritability. I found myself being shorter with others more than normal and you really have to try and stay conscience about it. I don’t want to torture everyone around me just because I’ve decided to go on a juicing fast! I did experience two headaches throughout the day which went away. For one of the first times I also experienced a nauseous feeling for about 2 hours that made me wonder if I’d be visiting the bathroom for it. Thankfully it went away as well and I was able to soldier on. One thing I tried to do immediately was switch the juice I was drinking (always have two types on hand at least) and drink a LOT of water.

Day 1 Results

Okay, so let’s get down to the point of this juicing business I’m putting myself through, the weight loss. The photos included of my weight on my Bowflex Scale are taken at night time before I go to bed. The Bowflex scale takes water weight, body fat, body calories, water weight and other things with metal strips that touch your skin. It’s great scale and gives you extra info you won’t get with a normal scale and it’s a pretty good deal price-wise. I was told that I should be taking my weight in the morning because I weigh less. However, I’m just trying to be consistent in showing you a specific time and that associated weight. I am weighing myself in the morning and recording those weights but for times sake I’m not taking a picture of the scale and editing a picture! On July 20th, 2012 at 8:00am I weighed myself at 163.4lbs which showed 1lb difference from the original 164.4lbs. The photo below was taken before I went to bed after a full 24 hours of juicing which shows 162.2lbs from the original 164.4lbs giving me a 2.2lb loss of weight. I also weighed myself this morning at 10:00am on July 21st, 2012 and it came in at 159.8lbs for a 4.6lbs loss of weight but we’ll look again tonight.

Day 1 Juicing Weight Loss

Well so that’s where I’m at with losing weight. Tomorrow I’ll talk to you about some of the other things you’ll go through if you try a juicing diet / detox with the purchasing of produce, to cleaning it and then preparing it for juicing.

If you haven’t watched the video I recommended yesterday, make sure you do. If you need inspiration or are even curious it’s a great example of what juicing can do to change your life. The documentary is called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. You don’t have to go out and buy the DVD you can actually watch the video on Amazon Prime (which I couldn’t live without) or on Netflix too. I’ve included the trailer to the movie again as well.

I’m just now finishing off the two juices I made yesterday and will be making more this morning. As a reminder these juices are from the Reboot Your Life plan of juicing recipes juiced with my Breville Juicer Model #BJE510XL. That was the model of juicer they used in the movie Fat Sick & Nearly Dead so I purchased it last year off of Amazon for a pretty good deal. I’m a sucker for reviews and really dug down in to make sure I was getting quality, I still love this juicer.

Juicing Finished

Juice #1 was the Green Lemonade:

  • 1 Green Apple (substituted 2 Red Apples)
  • 3 handfuls of Spinach (substituted with 5 handfuls)
  • 6-8 Kale Leaves
  • 1/2 Cucumber (substituted with 1 Cucumber)
  • 4 Celery Stalks (substituted with an entire Celery Bundle)
  • 1/2 Lemon (substituted for a full lime)

Calories: 210
Protein: 10 g
Fiber: 1 g

Juice #2 was the Apple-Carrot-Beet:

  • 2 Apples
  • 4 Carrots (substituted for 8 carrots)
  • 2 Beets
  • 6 leaves Swiss Chard
  • 1″ Ginger Root

Calories: 300
Protein: 9 g
Fiber: 2.5 g

Okay, well here goes the next 24 hours and on to Day #2. If I remember right, Day 2 and Day 3 have their own challenges so this will be, fun?

Here we go…

Day 1 Juicing Pictures (sorry):

Clearly I forgot to smile in these pictures and the second is blurry! I was tired. 🙂

Day 1 Juicing Front View 7-20-12

Day 1 Juicing Side View 7-20-12

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead Trailer

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