Juice Cleansing Diet: Does It Work? | UCLA Center for Human Nutrition
Does juice fasting work?
Lab rat: Mark Sansom
Profile:29, Commissioning Editor, lapsed gym-goer
Goal:Add definition for a beach holiday
Juices:Three-day clarity cleanse from plenish (£240 )
Claim:Youll lose weight, beat bloating, increase immunity and improve your concentration
Sceptical doesnt do justice to the way I felt about juice cleanses. Sure Ill lose weight, I thought, but it will probably disappear in muscle and be repaid in fat once complete. To give you an idea of how large a role food plays in my life, I choose holiday destinations based on the quality of local cuisine; I recently spent £400 on a barbecue I could ill afford; a vast chunk of my salary is apportioned to eating out. As candidates for cleanses go, I was poor. But, like most men, I also had an intense desire not to be the fattest of my friends on the beach.
Plenish claims its hydraulic cold-press method creates a juice so fine, nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream within 10-15 minutes, for near-instant energy. Cold-pressing is also shown to retain 60% more nutrients than regular juicing, while ingredients such as cashew milk amp up the protein and fibre content.
But enough bumf how does it make me feel? Knocking back six juices a day is harder than it sounds. Particularly when a couple of them taste like soil tinged with notes of blood (Cherry Beets, Im looking at you). But hunger isnt the issue I feared it might be; six 500ml bottles per day leave me more or less sated. Its the initial fatigue thats the true killer. My concentration span shrinks along with my stomach. At 4pm on day one, it takes me half an hour to write one sentence. Those kind of word-rates do not, as my editor will attest, a magazine make.
But come day two, I feel energised. While swerving the gallon of industrial- strength coffee I usually drink, I am still alert enough to train near my usual weight and rep counts. Come day three, I feel pretty much normal, with clear skin and a notable 2% drop in body fat.
I cant argue with the results. My abs have reappeared, Ive lost weight from my face and I feel apologies for the cliche revitalised. Though the fact that I cap it off with a much-needed blow-out steak dinner may be defeating the object.
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