Juicing and detox cleanses are all the rage nowadays. Celebrities like Solenn Heussaff, KC Concepcion, and Anne Curtis are big fans, but most people fail to realize that not all juice cleanses in the market necessarily lead to weight loss.
We attended Sexy Solutions by Belo's "Drink This, Not That" workshop event on December 18, 2013, where Sexy Solutions and The Biggest Loser nutritionist Nadine Tengco talked about the myths of juicing, detox, and weight loss.
According to Tengco, weight loss is not the primary goal of a juice cleanse. There are three goals, actually:
1) Cleansing. It cleans up your system for better absorption of nutrients.
2) Better health: It feeds your body with what it needs to battle diseases.
3) Weight loss: It's an after-effect of expelling toxins and restarting your metabolism for optimum function.
Says Tengco, "We don't just call it 'detoxifying' because that is only 1/3 of the equation. The formula in the [Sexy Detox] juice set addresses all three objectives—detox, better health, and weight loss."
A good principle to follow is "drink your veggies, eat your fruits." Vegetables contain nutrients that will boost your body’s immune system, while fruits, although also rich in nutrients, contain fructose or sugar content as well. Mixing a small portion of fruits with the vegetables is ideal to add more flavor to the juice drink, but "it's really tricky to combine all vegetables and herbs together and still make it delicious without adding fruits that are [too] high in sugar," explains Tengco.
Cristalle Belo, managing director of Sexy Solutions, says that it’s important to keep in mind that juicing is a quick start, not a quick fix. It requires a lifestyle change, and this includes exercise and a proper diet. And of course, dedication and patience to get the results that you want.
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