Everyone seems to be on the juicing frenzy this year, have you noticed?
And yes, I confess I’ve tried it too. Against my will.
There it was, too tempting, in my inbox: A Groupon deal for a 5 day juice cleanse. So as a victim of marketing psychology and irrational buying behaviour, I ended up with a HUGE box on my doorstep at 7am on a Monday morning. It contained 50 smoothies. Yup, just like the Innocent ones! Too late. Then I thought to give it a try and report on my findings:
MY REPORT: Don’t do it!!
To start with, the instructions say you’re not supposed to have your morning cup of coffee for 5 days. That alone was pushing it a bit too far for me.
But want know what the biggest problem was? After each juice, I felt so hungry I could eat the universe. I kid you not. I’ve never felt as ravenous in my life.
There’s a scientific reason for that.
Many people start their day off with a glass of orange juice or a smoothie, right? Typically thinking the vitamins and other nutrients make them a smart and healthy choice. But did you know that a 250ml glass of fruit juice has about 8 full teaspoons of sugar? This is nearly as much sugar as in a glass of Coca Cola (10 teaspoons of sugar).
That isn’t the main issue.
The sugar in fruit juices and smoothies is NOT “cleansing.” Au contraire. Fruit sugar is called fructose, which many mistakenly believe is a “healthy” form of sugar. Let me tell you: Fructose is every bit as tricky as regular table sugar: It causes a major increase in your insulin levels.
This is important, because elevated insulin is one of the primary drivers for….. weight gain. Your smoothie can raise triglyceride levels (fat!) in your body by 32 percent. No es bueno.
But there’s more.
This insulin roller-coaster leaves you hungrier and tired. Say you have your so-called “cleansing” juice… and here’s what happens (laid out chronologically for you):
1. Drink, gulp, and your blood sugar rises almost instantly,
2. Insulin is now frenetically being excreted to store the sugar (and prevent the damage it causes in your body when circulating freely),
3. The sugar from your juice is no longer in your blood, but insulin is still there, now lowering your blood sugar BELOW standard levels, leaving you hypoglycemic,
4. So your appetite centers start flashing alarmingly… your brain desperate for another “sugar hit”…
5. And here’s where you snap and say something you shouldn’t to a colleague or a loved one. (Just like a crack addict would).
It is very disruptive to live life this way… FOR 5 DAYS. Hungry all the time. Mood swings. Making new enemies at work. Insomnia. Not to mention the “silent” fat gain.
And in case you’re wondering: No, I didn’t lose ANY weight. Which seems ridiculous after all that suffering…
One more thing. Vegetables juicing is a different story all together. And I’ll probably tell you more about that in a future post.
Now I want to hear from you. Have you tried juicing before? Did you feel hungry? Did you lose any weight?? If so, I want to see your numbers: How many pounds or kilos?
Leave a comment below, I love reading you – also open to a little debate, of course!