Can using a juicer for fruits and vegetables help me lose weight?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
Juicing has become associated with weight loss and detoxing, but that's misleading. Remember that our bodies are naturally equipped with mechanisms and organs that remove toxins naturally, such as our liver and kidneys. Juice fasts are often temporary and any weight loss that occurs will return once you start consuming other foods. Further, subsisting on only juices may deprive you of important macronutrients that your body requires for optimal function, such as protein, essential fatty acids and other essential nutrients.

Also, the calories in juices can also add up very quickly. While one medium apple contains about 60 calories, the fiber and process of chewing will contribute to a feeling of fullness. With juicing, you may get as many as five servings of fruit at once – and possibly a large dose of calories at the same time. Keep in mind that certain fruits and vegetables, such as beets and carrots, contain large quantities of sugar. Diabetics and those watching their sugar intake may want to take caution when drinking juice.

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Not necessarily. Whole fruits and veggies are waist-friendly because they are low in calories but high in volume and fiber. The fiber will help you feel "full." If you juice the fruits and veggies and discard the fiber, you are missing out on this important component. You may find that you are less satisfied and hungrier soon after drinking your produce, rather than eating it.

For your waist, EAT the whole fruit and veggie to get a low calorie, but highly satisfying way to squelch your hunger.

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Including fruits and vegetables is crucial to achieving nutritional balance and a healthy weight.

Your willingness to try juicing is a good idea. It would be ideal to have the juice be more vegetable-based. This will help control calories from climbing too much.

It is also important to get an adequate amount of protein and unsaturated fat in your diet. Include items such as:
  • fish
  • skinless poultry
  • lean beef
  • beans
  • non-fat dairy
  • nuts, nut butters and oils like canola or olive
These will help you get the nutrition you need and help with weight management.

It may be wise to talk to a registered dietitian to get more specific advice about your needs and preferences.
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