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January 25, 2012 1:18 PM
I Started Replacing 2 meals a day with freshly made juice from a juicer. I drink juice for breakfast and lunch. When I eat dinner I eat lean proteins, veggies, etc. I have only done this for 2 days now. I dont contiue to do it for a long period of time. I might do it every few days or so..What do you guys think??? I am trying to lose weight to win a weight loss challenge. Of course I'm doing it for healthy reasons too, but I could win $4000 if I loose the most percentage of body weight. I dont want to do anyting drastically crazy that will hurt my body. To me, this idea seems ok.....Any input would be great.
  15702147
January 25, 2012 1:23 PM
It would be around 800 cals a day for a few days and then jump back up to 1200 for a few days and then back to 800 and so on and so on...
  15702147
January 25, 2012 1:24 PM
After a workout your body has about a 30 minute window to get good protein to its muscles. A lot of people take a protein shake to get it there the fastest. Whole foods take time to digest so that means the protein might not make it to your muscles in 30 minutes. Protein shakes are great because they are already broken down and get to your muscles the fastest. Think of a spounge that has been sitting out in the sun all day. When u throw some water on it the spounge soaks it up. This is what happens when you give your muscles protein after a workout, your muscles soak up the protein!
January 25, 2012 1:24 PM
You'd probably be better off ditching the juice and eating some eggs. All a juicer does is extract the juice and sugar and leave all the fiber behind.
  4724989
January 25, 2012 1:25 PM
I'm just simply looking for opinions and input. I know my choices, I just like to hear what others think... Thanks for responding!
  15702147
January 25, 2012 1:29 PM
I love juicing and Ithink its a good option to get a low calorie nutrition filled meal. Check out jointhereboot.com and you can find lots of help and resources.
January 25, 2012 1:29 PM
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After a workout your body has about a 30 minute window to get good protein to its muscles. A lot of people take a protein shake to get it there the fastest. Whole foods take time to digest so that means the protein might not make it to your muscles in 30 minutes. Protein shakes are great because they are already broken down and get to your muscles the fastest. Think of a spounge that has been sitting out in the sun all day. When u throw some water on it the spounge soaks it up. This is what happens when you give your muscles protein after a workout, your muscles soak up the protein!


I asked a registered dietician about this protein within an hour. Her response was, unless you are of elite athlete status, {professional/Olympic level} that protein immediately after workout is not necessary. As long as you get an increase amt throughout the day of workout, its fine.
January 25, 2012 1:31 PM
Just eat low cal meals...mini bagels or egg whites for breakfast and a salad or some chicken for lunch with a piece of fruit and a normal dinner. I promise you will see more results and be less hungry this way. Also, when you work out, do it in intervals to burn more calories. Go fast one minute then slow another. It works.
January 25, 2012 1:32 PM
Brace yourself. This will generate a lot of disapproval here. People here tend to a) prefer real food and b) be clear about that. Good luck.
January 25, 2012 1:33 PM
Sorry but I think its a horrible idea.

Protein, fiber, and fat are the "tri-fecta" of feeling full and satisfied. You are planning on taking out all 3 from your diet. I say you'll be starving!

If you really want to drop pounds fast (for this contest), how about doing a low carb diet. You won't be hungry and won't lose as much of your lean muscle mass.
  13191339
January 25, 2012 1:33 PM
Not what I would consider healthy. You are getting lots of sugar...granted natural sugar but alot of it and not a balance of nutrients. You can't get everything in one meal. You could do the same thing by replacing the juice with a protien drink. Pick the right one and you'll get a better balance of nutrients that your body needs and still keep the calorie count low. That said, if you aren't planning on a life time of this, then don't be surprisedat how fast you gain weight back when you stop juicing and start eating food again.
  784256
January 25, 2012 1:36 PM
QUOTE:

After a workout your body has about a 30 minute window to get good protein to its muscles. A lot of people take a protein shake to get it there the fastest. Whole foods take time to digest so that means the protein might not make it to your muscles in 30 minutes. Protein shakes are great because they are already broken down and get to your muscles the fastest. Think of a spounge that has been sitting out in the sun all day. When u throw some water on it the spounge soaks it up. This is what happens when you give your muscles protein after a workout, your muscles soak up the protein!



The OP asked nothing about what to do after excerise. Good try though.ohwell
  9124468
January 25, 2012 1:38 PM
To be honest, I think that is not real safe. When you drink juice, whether you drink store bought or stuff you juice for yourself, you are getting all the sugar and little to non of the fiber. So, you are still getting the calories, but no fiber for your body to work on. That is the high glycemic approach (not good) and probably less efficient for weight loss than just eating the fruit.

800 cals a day is not enough to sustain you even with days jumping up to 1200.

Good luck. I wish our society would get past this rapid weight loss obsession. I've lost weight fast in the past, and I believe that is one major reason I'm so fat now. My own feeling is that slow goes the course. I wouldn't risk my health or life for 4 grand or for any amount of money.
January 25, 2012 1:38 PM
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I'm just simply looking for opinions and input. I know my choices, I just like to hear what others think... Thanks for responding!


A friend of mine asked me to do this with her this weekend. For those that are worried about your low calorie intake, you can always add an avacado to each shake/juice (One cup of mashed about 370 calories) It will also give you the good fats. Also I saw a comment about it just being the juice of the fruit and or veggie....try puree mixed with juice so you dont lose all the fiber.

I know you just wanted thoughts about it but I did a little reasearch before I told her I would do this with her and these are the options that I have found so that I do not go WAY under my caloric intake because I know that can be counter productive to what the juicing would be doing.

But my thoughts are if it works for you and you are not cheating yourself out of healthy stuff that you would get out of eating whole food then go for it. Maybe a multi vitamin while we do this would be a good idea.....or fiber supplements....Have fun juicing!
Edited by rebeccawalker1982 On January 25, 2012 1:40 PM
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January 25, 2012 1:40 PM
I appreciate everyones input, I know there will be alot of disapproval. But that is ok. I respect that people have their own opinions and that is why I posted this. I might learn something new! I dont even know if I am going to continue this. I was just trying it for a few days to see how I feel. So far I havent been hungry. I plan on EATING breakfast unch and dinner tomorrow. I may throw in some juice here and there because I really like the taste! and its full of nutrients!
  15702147
January 25, 2012 1:41 PM
I also just started juicing, but I haven't found it to be filling enough to replace a meal. I just supplement my diet with it, and I think it encourages me to make better food choices. I'd recommend having vegetable juice, especially the Mean Green to, you know, "cleanse", but I don't think this sounds like a plan for long-term weight loss. You could try having a low-cal fruit smoothie to replace a meal, though, because it is substantial enough to keep you going. The other problem I'd see is that replacing a meal with juice will probably make you so hungry that you overeat at dinner, and that messes with your metabolism.

Then again, $4,000 is a great prize, and I'd honestly be tempted to do whatever it takes to win it...but is it really worth doing that to your body?

Anyway, my fastest weight loss occurred when I was eating 5 small meals a day and doing cardio exercise for at least an hour a day--usually in two 30-minute periods.

Good luck! I want to know how this works out!
January 25, 2012 1:44 PM
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It would be around 800 cals a day for a few days and then jump back up to 1200 for a few days and then back to 800 and so on and so on...


I don't know how long I personally could maintain that few calories, but I'd sure give it a try for $4000!! Unless you are losing a very small amount you will always lose muscle along with the fat. On this plan you will likely lose more than if you did it more slowly. Just be careful and listen to your body.
January 25, 2012 1:46 PM
I weight 175...looking to get down to 145
  15702147
January 26, 2012 1:42 AM
Plese, stop messing up with your body.

You cannot simply "replace" meals by fruits. If you want to eat without the calories, what about eating paper ? I think it contains 0 calories :)

The less you eat, the less you will loose, but the more close to death you are.
January 26, 2012 7:51 AM
Why would you juice when you can blend the whole fruit into a smoothie? You are getting rid of most of the fiber and great nutrients when you are just taking in the juice plus there is usually quite a bit of wasted fruit/refuse that again you wouldn’t have if you blended.
  1100181
January 26, 2012 7:54 AM
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Then again, $4,000 is a great prize, and I'd honestly be tempted to do whatever it takes to win it...but is it really worth doing that to your body?


I can't find where the OP posted this, really? If you are doing this for $4,000 then YES, do whatever it takes but try to get at least 500-800 cals a day just so you can survive. Probably best to cycle as you suggested to prevent starvation mode and cardio cardio cardio!
  1100181
January 26, 2012 7:58 AM
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It would be around 800 cals a day for a few days and then jump back up to 1200 for a few days and then back to 800 and so on and so on...


I love how you say "jump back up to 1200" like it's enough.

You silly women and the idiotic things you do to lose weight.
January 26, 2012 8:02 AM
1200 calories is the recommended amount not to go under for women. $4,000 HELL YEAH I would give it a try!
January 26, 2012 8:16 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

It would be around 800 cals a day for a few days and then jump back up to 1200 for a few days and then back to 800 and so on and so on...


I love how you say "jump back up to 1200" like it's enough.

You silly women and the idiotic things you do to lose weight.


It must be nice to be so wealthy that you think being hungry for a short while to win $4000 is idiotic.
January 26, 2012 8:18 AM
I think you are setting yourself up for failure with this plan. You will fall off the wagon and go on binges because your body is starving. I would suggest a more reasonable plan. If you want to lose weight fast, up the amount of exercise you do. Workout twice a day, but don't cut your calories down to 800.

The other thing...what is your goal? Are you wanting to win this contest and then put it all back on? If that's your goal, then this will work. If you want to actually keep it off, you need to doing it in a different way.
Edited by iuangina On January 26, 2012 8:20 AM
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