How to lose weight with the juice diet
Lindsey Morone, Jeff Janca
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MILWAUKEE - It's the latest craze to losing weight, juicing. Across Southeast Wisconsin people are drinking their meals. But will it really help you shed pounds?
Green goodness in a glass. But just how good juicing is depends on how you're doing the 'juice diet'.
"I don't think it's a fad," says Jerry Haerle.
For Haerle, it's a regime. It takes seventeen minutes every morning for him to blend all his fruits and veggies. Making himself a drink for breakfast and a drink for dinner. But the time he puts in to making each glass, he says, is well worth it.
"I've tried working out harder and harder. That doesn't work. I've tried other diets. That didn't work either," Haerle says.
"Everybody wants something to believe in. I think that's the thing. I think people are seeking to feel better so they are searching for an answer," says Nicole Kerneen, a register dietitian.
But she says if you've stumbled upon the juice diet, you shouldn't end your search, juicing isn't the cure.
"If they do end up losing a lot of weight they are losing a lot of water, they are losing a lot of lean mass. Your body isn't going to necessarily lose body fat," explains Kerneen.
Kerneen says many who juice do not do the juice diet properly.
"If you are juicing a lot of fruits and not a lot of vegetables then you are going to have a spike in your blood sugar levels and that can cause problems in general," says Kerneen.
And that's one of the big problems Kerneen says she sees. People juicing more sugary fruits, rather than fiber healthy veggies.
"Use as many vegetables as possible and maybe just a little bit of fruit for just a little bit of sweetness," she recommends.
Haerle uses lots of veggies. He also uses a blender not a juicer. Which Kerneen also recommends.
"When you actually juice a product than the machine itself will remove the fiber component," she says.
Fiber helps you stay hungry longer. Another tip, don't substitute food for juice. You still need protein.
"So eggs with avocado in the morning and then you are going to have a juice drink that you made. That would be a better approach than just having the juice," says Kerneen.
"I just wanted to be a super star is really what it came down to," laughs Haerle as he explains why he is sticking with his green smoothie diet.
Haerle's been drinking his vegetables for about two weeks now. He says the energy boost he now has throughout the day is enough reason for him to keep on blending.
"If we are what we eat. If we eat perfect than we are perfect," Haerle says.