Juicing for weight loss is not a new concept. It’s been doing the rounds since few years. But, what we’re telling you here is not to go on a liquid diet but to add certain fresh juices to your daily meals that can help speed up weight loss. Drinking fresh juices is also a great way to load up on a variety of minerals, vitamins, fibre and antioxidants – all of which aid in revving up your metabolism and thus, you are able to burn more calories. These juices not only help you lose weight but they also offer a host of other health benefits. Have a look.
1. Carrot Juice
Carrots juice is great for weight loss as carrots are low in calories and full of fibre. A tall glass of carrot juice will keep you full until lunch, so you don’t have to worry about unwanted snack attacks. It had also been recommended that the best way to have carrots is in its raw form. Therefore, juicing it up could be a great idea. Carrot juice is also known increase bile secretion which helps in burning fat thus aiding weight loss. Add an apple, half an orange and some ginger to make a wonderful detox drink that will flush out all the toxins.
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2. Karela Juice
It may not sound palatable to juice but the bitter gourd, but the truth is that it really helps in losing weight. Drinking karela juice regularly stimulates the liver to secrete bile acids which are required for metabolising the fat. Moreover, karela is very low in calories. A 100 gram serving of bitter gourds contains just 17 calories!
3. Cucumber Juice
Foods that have high water content are low in calories. It is easy to understand that in order to lose weight you need to either eat less calories or burn more calories. Therefore, it’s a good idea to reserve a part of your meals for foods that not only low in calories but also keep you full for longer. Due to its high water and fibre content, cucumber juice fills you up easily and so, it can be a great meal filler. You can also squeeze some lime juice and add a few mint leaves to make a refreshing summer drink.
4. Amla Juice
It’s great to start off your day with a glass of amla juice. It helps in keeping your digestive system on track throughout the day and accelerates your metabolism. A faster metabolism helps in burning fat quickly. For better weight management, it is often suggested to drink amla juice on an empty stomach. Add a drop of honey as a form of natural sugar that will keep you active and energetic through the day.
(Also read: 5 Interesting Ways to Use Amla)
5. Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate juice is great for your skin and to get back your natural glow, but it may also help in weight loss. According to Delhi-based Weight Management Expert, Dr. Gargi Sharma, “Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols and conjugated linolenic acid – all of which help you burn fat and boost your metabolism. Pomegranate juice also helps in suppressing your appetite.”
(Also read: 5 Health Benefits of Pomegranate & How to Cook with it)
6. Cabbage Juice
Cabbage juice helps in relieving a lot of stomach problems like bloating and indigestion, clears up your digestive tract and helps in quicker elimination of wastes. This aids your weight loss process. A lot of studies have shown that an increased intake of fiber can help in fighting fat. “High-fiber vegetables absorb the water in our body and form a gel like mass during digestion. This slows down the process and helps you to feel full for longer and prevents binging on other foods,” explains Weight Management Expert, Gargi Sharma. You can blend cabbage with an apple and lime or with sweet veggies like carrot and beetroot.
(Also read: How Fibre Can Help You Fight Fat)
7. Watermelon Juice
This juicy fruit provides only 30 calories per 100 grams and keeps you hydrated. “It is rich in amino acid arginine which helps in burning fat,” says Dr. Gargi Sharma.
(Also read: Why You Should Eat Watermelon Seeds)
8. Orange Juice
Freshly squeezed orange juice could be a healthier, low-calorie alternative to all your fizzy drinks and colas. Orange is considered to be a negative calorie fruit which means that it contains fewer calories than what your body requires to burn it. Simply put, you burn more than you eat!
(Also read: 8 Metabolism Boosting Foods)
9. Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice is believed to be a great remedy for belly fat. An important enzyme called bromelain which is found in the juice of pineapple helps in metabolizing protein and burns away excess stomach fat. Moreover, bromelain works with other enzymes such as lipase to digest fats and suppress your appetite. Just like oranges, pineapple is also a catabolic food which means that your body spends more calories to burn the fruit than it actually contains.
(Also read: 7 Fruits That Can Help You Lose Weight)
10. Bottle Gourd Juice
This refreshing summer superfood is also good for weight loss. In her book, ’25 Fat Burning Juice Recipes’, Asha Thorat writes that bottle gourd has been prescribed in Ayurveda as a natural way to reduce flab. Bottle gourd juice contains less calories with no fat and also keeps your body cool.