Juice diet v’s calorie counting.
We have all seen and heard of these ‘juice’ diets that promise copious amounts of weight loss and that they are so good for you etc etc.
Yes I understand that having a juice with many different fruit and vegetables in it can be good for you and that its a great way to get your daily dose of these vitamins and minerals, however what if you are having 2 or 3 of these juices a day as your ‘diet’ instead of having a solid meal?
Another question is what if you are calorie counting?
As most of my regular readers will know, I’m all for a healthy balanced diet of eating a variety of foods and not excluding any, including fats, sugars and treats.
The average female daily calorie intake if you are trying to loose weight should be approx 1200. 1500 to maintain.
We all know this can be achieved if you stick to 3 meals per day and 2 snacks with you meals are approx 200 – 250 calories and your shacks are less. I have previously blogged many meal and snack ideas with calorie count so that its easier for you.
How many calories do you think would be in one of these ‘super juices?’.
Let’s say you have one of the following juice.
1 Granny Smith Apple = 80 calories
100gm kale = 50 calories
100gm cucumber = 16
10 green grapes = 70 calories
Total calories = 216 calories
1 orange = 70 calories
1 Granny Smith apple = 80 calories
1 pear = 60 calories
10 cherries = 43 calories
Total calories = 253 calories
20 blueberries = 16 calories
10 strawberries = 60 calories
1 mango = 60 calories
Total calories = 136 calories
1 orange = 70 calories
15 almonds = 100 calories
1 cup sweet potato = 114 calories
1 green apple = 80 calories
Total calories = 264 calories
You could add ice or coconut water to these to add extra flavour or water them down so they are less thick and easier to drink, however in 100mls of coconut water there are 39 calories so you again adding more calories to your diet.
A metric cup is actually 250mls, so your not even adding half a cup of liquid to your juice.
Also remember fruit has a lot of sugar in it, although it’s natural sugar, it’s still sugar and if you don’t burn this sugar it can turn to fat.
Yes these juices can be good for your vitamin intake etc but if your counting calories then adding meals also, there goes your daily calories in one juice!
These also have no dairy in them which isn’t always great, so therefore your excluding milk and yogurt from your diet and remember soy and almond milk do t have as much protein as cows milk.
100ml soy milk = 54 calories
100ml almond milk = 17 calories
100ml cows full cream milk = 62 calories
100ml cows skim milk = 37 calories
There is also minimal Protein in them unless your adding nuts or dairy as both contain protein.
Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body also uses protein to build and repair tissues and to make enzymes, hormones, and other important body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
I know that a juice doesn’t fill me, I need a solid meal but for those of you who would rather have a juice than a meal perhaps think about what juice your having.
I’m not saying don’t have them. I’m saying be mindful of what your adding to them, especially if your trying to loose weight.
Also be mindful that’s it’s possibly not the best health advice to have a liquid diet only. Perhaps have one at breakfast time or as a snack but I personally wouldn’t recommend having a liquid only diet.
What are your thoughts on these juices?