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IS JUICE FASTING HELPING YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT?

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Hey Lovelies 🙂

If you are wondering if JUICE FASTING is going to help you lose weight, you are right here!! 🙂

I have been on two 5 day juice cleanses in the past and have mixed feelings about their benefits. Since juice fasting got very popular over the last couple of years and many of you are unsure if a juice fast will help you lose weight, I want to tell you about my experience.

It was about 4 years ago, I was not vegan at that time and thought it would be the perfect start for a healthier lifestyle. 🙂

HOW IT WORKS

A juice cleanse usually means you are only drinking water, vegetable & fruit juices for a period of 1-7 days. I was living in New York at that time and juice fasting was a popular thing to do. I mainly drank water, cold pressed vegetable juices and about two 0,5l fruit juices per day.

MY EXPERIENCE

To be honest, I felt incredibly good during the cleanse. The first day was the hardest but after that my mind cleared up and I felt so energized and efficient throughout the whole day. I suddenly had so much more time to get stuff done since I didn’t need to go grocery shopping or had to think about what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I only needed a couple of hours sleep ever night and had an extremely awake mind. I even went to the gym couple of times during the cleanse and because I loved it so much, I continued to of it for 4 more days.

When the five days were nearly over, I started to think about what to eat once I break the fast and I suddenly started to crave EVERYTHING. On one hand I felt so good and determined to eat super healthy afterwards and on the other hand as soon as I started eating again,  I realized how hungry my body was. At least, that has been my experience. I started with usual stuff like fruits, smoothies, salads & soups but soon I was craving sweets and unhealthy carbs and ate way more than I used to eat before my juice cleanse. The worst part is that you mess up your mind and you develop an unhealthy relationship to food. If you ate nothing for 5 days, it´s hard to go back to normal portions and I kept thinking ‘I felt so good during the cleanse that maybe I should go back and do another one especially because I had lot´s of unhealthy foods and wanted to cleanse my body again.

I was missing the clarity and the energy I had during the cleanse and went on another five day juice fast. It is a cycle of starving yourself, thinking you are helping your body to detoxify and over eating afterwards which can make you pretty depressed since you felt so amazingly great during the cleanse. I gained around 5kg in the weeks after my two juice fasts and was basically lost with what kind of portions are normal again.

LONG TERM DAMAGE

What I didn’t know, is what you eat after a juice cleanse is just as important as the cleanse itself. Your body got into a starvation mode which means your metabolism is slowing down and you are burning less calories. You will 100% lose weight on a juice fast, it´s a mix of water weight and  body fat because the body is turning fat cells into energy. However, that weight loss is in most cases only short term and as soon as you are eating again, the body is holding on to everything it gets since it doesn’t trust you anymore and doesn’t know when you will eat again. Metabolism damage is one of the negative effects of a juice cleanse and it´s a serious issue in terms of dieting and weight loss. Once you damaged your metabolism, you are more likely to gain weight and it takes a long time to reverse that.

CONCLUSION

A short half day or maximum one day juice fast can definitely help your body to eliminate toxins but I wouldn’t´t recommend to do it any longer that that. If you want to adapt a healthier lifestyle it is much more beneficial to do it slowly and  to eat an abundance of whole foods like fruits and vegetables. Let your body cleanse itself and just help him along the way. 🙂 It will take some time but the benefits (weight loss, better sleep, clearer skin, better digestion etc.) will also stay forever and not just for a few days.  🙂

I sometimes love to mainly drink water throughout the morning and to have a late breakfast around 11-12am (Intermittent fasting) that way my body gets a nice long break from food and can focus on eliminating toxins. However, I would not recommend to go on a long juice fast as you risk to damage your metabolism and will eventually gain more weight afterwards.

Aim to look for a sustainable long term diet which satisfies you every day. 🙂 A high carb vegan diet was my solution and I never felt more balanced in my life. 🙂

24 comments

Anastasia October 16, 2017 Reply

Loved your article! Thank you!

    Caroline Deisler October 16, 2017 Reply

    Thank you! 🙂 Happy you like it!

Florencia October 16, 2017 Reply

Since I’ve started reading your vlog I’ve become mostly vegan and I’m feeling so much better ! Keep up ! Regards from Argentina

    Caroline Deisler October 16, 2017 Reply

    Awww you have no idea how happy your comment makes me :-)) So so glad to hear that! Sending you a big hug to Argentina!:-)
    xx Caroline

    Valerie October 24, 2017 Reply

    Me too! Thanks for the inspiration. I am also following the book The 80/10/10 diet by Dr Douglas Graham who advocates fruit for breakfast and lunch and a salad for dinner.

      Caroline Deisler October 26, 2017 Reply

      Aww I love that book too!! :-))

Marielle Ngoue October 16, 2017 Reply

Could t agree more. I like the idea of intermittent fasting , late breakfast and early dinner.

    Caroline Deisler October 16, 2017 Reply

    Hi Marielle 🙂 So happy to hear that! Exactly, intermittent fasting is such an easy and gently way to give your body a break once in a while:-) xx Caroline

maddy October 16, 2017 Reply

Hey Caroline
love how you describe your experience and don`t pretend anything. It´s so good to hear a honest opinion and I can totally relate to not finding a balance even though juices are defenitely better than restricting.
sending love
Maddy

Rebecca October 16, 2017 Reply

Thank you for not glorifying juice fasting! I agree that “juicing” is a great way to boost your digestive, but am so glad to see that you are not preaching multi -day fasts 🙂

I love your thoughtful insight, my dear!

Dankeschön

Caitlan October 16, 2017 Reply

Great info! Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Keep on inspiring! xo

cynthia October 18, 2017 Reply

Yes, indeed 1 day is more than enough.. love your blog so inspiring..

Can I ask, do you really stop eating early in the evening ( usually what time / portions ) and do you eat too much or eat later … I have issues to change this habit… could you talk about it

thanks

kaiting October 25, 2017 Reply

hi caroline!! really love your blog! <3
just wondering, what are you thoughts on acai bowls? is it okay to consume it frequently?

    Caroline Deisler October 26, 2017 Reply

    Hi Love:-) Thank you so much! ☺️ I prefer to have fresh fruits for breakfast but I love to order acas Bowl whenever I go to juice shops or healthy cafes:) They are def super healthy if they don’t contain any added sugar so Yesss totally go for it :):):)
    Hope that helps! xx Caroline

Rafaela Naufal October 26, 2017 Reply

Love your posts! And you’re so kind !
After I started following you and doing a lot of reading/research, I’m mostly vegan now and I never felt better !
Warm hug from Brazil! xoxo

    Caroline Deisler October 29, 2017 Reply

    Aww Thank you so much Rafaela!! :):) Im so glad to hear that!!
    Have a lovely evening!
    xx Caroline

Martha October 30, 2017 Reply

hi ! I ve question. Do you have any tips for a cold. I’m new to vegan community and I’ve got a cold and don’t know what should I do/take.

Btw love your blog. You are soooo amazing

    Caroline Deisler October 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi Martha 🙂 Thank you so much!! I always drink lots of ginger tea, cold pressed ginger shots, lemon water, lots of fruits and green smoothies whenever I have a cold. 🙂
    Hope you feel better soon!
    xx Caroline

Milena November 17, 2017 Reply

Meine Frage ist wie man Avocado Toasts zubereiten kann?

Vielen lieben Dank!

    Caroline Deisler November 21, 2017 Reply

    Hi Milena 🙂

    Ich liebe frisches Sourdough bread, toaste es und dann kommt viel frisches Avocado drauf, frischer Zitronensaft, chili flakes. Manchmal tut ich auch gerne noch rucola, cherry Tomaten und Sonnenblumen + Kürbiskerne oben drauf. :-))

    Suuuuper lecker!
    xx Caro

Ratifa Iddy January 29, 2018 Reply

Awwww your such my inspiration Thanks.. For your advice and sharing a lot of eating habits.. Am starting to be completely vegan.. Because am now overweight

mei May 1, 2018 Reply

Was the intermint fasting you say around 11am-12p for a late brekky?

Thanks you are my inso!!!

    Caroline Deisler May 11, 2018 Reply

    Hi Megan

    I sometimes do a little bit of intermittent fasting automatically when I have breakfast around 11-12. On regular weekdays, I usually have breakfast around 9:30 – 10:00 though. 🙂

    Hope that helps!
    xx Caroline

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