On the Htet Tayza blog this week I want to address the increasingly popular juice craze, and determine once and for all, whether it actually helps make you fit.
A Healthy Body, A Healthy Mind
I’ve always been a believer in keeping fit; exercising, eating right, avoiding harmful substances etc. I’m very much a follower of the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ philosophy, as I’ve often found that the mental benefits you can reap from a balanced fitness plan, can often give you the edge you need to get ahead in the world of business.
Yet I’ve always been wary of fitness crazes. Usually, they actually turn out to be more harmful than helpful; take Atkins for example. Yes, you lost weight, but then you gained it all back again the minute you reintroduced carbs.
What Is Juicing? What are the Benefits?
One of the latest health crazes that has taken the fitness world by storm is the juice craze. It’s exactly what you think it is. Essentially, it involves people substituting meals for glasses of fruit and vegetable juice.
Yes, of course drinking fruit and vegetable juice is a good thing for your health. There’s a reason they suggest that you should consume five fruit and veg a day – they’re packed with the vitamins and nutrients you need to keep up a healthy lifestyle.
Juice Fasting Isn’t as Great as They Say it is
My problem is with the whole juice fasting thing; again exactly what you think it is. Juice fasting is where people forego meals and replace them with juice drinks. Celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow and Ryan Seacrest swear by it, and it’s often proved popular with average health fanatics because it’s known to help you drop weight quickly, and spur your body onto detoxification.
The funny thing is, that what these health fanatics think they know isn’t actually true. Juice fasts may help you drop weight in the short term, but when you start eating solids again – and unless you want to waste away, you’re going to have to start eating solids again – it’ll all come right back. Also, they don’t help you detox – all you need to do to detox is cut out junk food.
Htet Tayza Asks You To Remember: All Things in Moderation!
Conclusion? It’s certainly a good idea to include juice in your diet, but it shouldn’t become your diet. The cardinal rule of fitness applies once again here- all things in moderation!