Fresh pressed juices and smoothies are among the best drinks available if you’re focused on weight loss.

Juices are an excellent way of getting nutrient dense fruit and vegetables into the body, feeding the cells and helping shift excess weight. Juices are a fantastic way to get more than your 5 a day vegetable requirement and can be quickly and easily absorbed by the body. A green smoothie can be a complete health package, containing vitamins, nutrients, natural sugars and living enzymes. It’s energy on tap. Fresh pressed juice cleanses the body of toxins and contains living enzymes, vital for health and well-being.

Antioxidants found in fresh juice are nature’s weapon against ageing and provide a boost to the immune system. Juice contains healthy sugars that are simple and unrefined – a great way to reduce cravings for foods that are processed and packed with fat.

The world is full of toxins in the liquids we drink, the air we breathe, the foods we eat, the products used on the body.  These are excreted through the kidneys/bladder, lungs/sinuses, liver/colon and skin.  Toxins build up as a result of lifestyle habits and it’s necessary to gently detoxify in order to relieve the body and allow weight loss to occur.  Weight loss will occur by taking care of the body, not adding any more toxins, choosing to drink clean water, breathe clean air, regular exercise, eating natural unrefined foods, and using natural non-chemical skin and health care products.

The Number 1 Best Drink For Weight Loss – Hydration, hydration, hydration

While trying to lose weight, hydration is key.  The body is 75% water, all the organs and systems run on water, without sufficient water the body is physiologically stressed.  That means water, freshly pressed vegetable or fruit juices and herbal teas NOT tea, coffee, green tea, fizzy drinks, concentrated fruit juice or alcohol – these are all caffeinated or acidic, or both, they dehydrate and create stress. If you are unsure on how much water to drink here is a guide. It is very straightforward. Treat it like a prescription from the doctor – just do it!

  • 1 pint of water on rising
  • 1 pint 30 mins before lunch
  • 1 glass mid afternoon
  • 1 pint 30 mins before evening meal
  • 1 glass during the evening
  • 1 glass before bed.

The Best Juice Plans for Weight-Loss

A juice detox is a very quick way to lose weight fast.  A juice detox is a program designed for maximum weight loss by drinking only juices or smoothies for an extended period of three or five days. People can have dramatic results with a juice detox that spans over a week or more. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of juice plans and recipes out there. Below are 5 brilliant recipes to get started. Try to use organic ingredients where possible otherwise toxins will build up and be stored in fat cells, making it more difficult to lose weight.

Here are 5 excellent drink recipes guaranteed to help weight loss.

The Super Green Smoothie for Weight Loss

green-422995_640This is a powerful, energising recipe designed to reduce appetite and provide a good amount of fibre. This will help to mobilise fat and encourage fat to exit the body via the main route of elimination – the bowels. A powerful high speed blender is required for this recipe to break down the carrot and kale, making it smooth and delicious. This smoothie is packed with magnesium, potassium, Vitamin A B C, folic acid, calcium, phosphorous and beta-carotene. It is a superb detoxifier, excellent for a healthy liver and digestive tract, aids kidney function and helps kill bacteria. It will lower blood cholesterol and stimulate fat cells. It will also sustain blood sugars, reduce cravings and boost energy. It is packed with good fats. This will help to change the body fat picture.  One of the keys to weight loss is not necessarily cutting out all fatty foods but changing the proportions. Eat less cheese, meat, bread, sugar, pasta and more vegetables, fibre rich foods and good fats like avocado. It leaves a person feeling fuller for longer and sends messages to the brain that the body has all the nutrients it needs.

  • 1 Carrot
  • 2 stalks of kale – stems removed
  • 1 apple
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ teaspoon of probiotic powder
  • 1 avocado
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 2 cups of water

Cut all ingredients into bite size pieces and blend with the water on high speed for 2 minutes. Including ice and a soft fruit like banana is crucial to achieving a super smooth green smoothie, free of bits.

The Passion Thriller – a great drink for weight loss

  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 bulb of raw beetroot
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 thumb of fresh ginger root

Juice the ginger, followed by the orange, cucumber and beetroot.
Passion is a powerful emotion that gives you energy. Try this juice for lots of passion and energy to achieve your dreams. If the goal is weight loss then this juice is an excellent intestinal cleanser, and can eliminate kidney stones.  Beetroot is good blood builder. It detoxifies liver and gall bladder.  Oranges contain calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid. Oranges are brilliant for weight loss as they are stimulating, tonifying and cleansing. Oranges are an internal antiseptic and stimulate digestion. Cucumbers are rich in sodium, potassium, beta-carotene, phosphorous and silicon. They are excellent for good hair growth, healthy skin, and internal cleansing.  Ginger contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Ginger is an anti-spasmodic, prevents nausea, improves circulation, good for menstrual cramps, and is excellent for convalescence. A perfect food for weight loss.

immune_boosterThe Detox Special is a Brilliant Drink For Weight Loss

  • 5 carrots
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 apples (red or green)
  • 1 raw beetroot bulb (unpeeled)

Juice beetroot and set aside.  Juice the remaining ingredients, place in a glass and decorate with a swirl of beetroot. Add a shot of wheatgrass or spirulina to boost your immune system.

Feel brand new.  Cleanse the digestive system with a healthy dose of magnesium, potassium and beta-carotene. This juice is an astringent tonic. It will relieve constipation, reactivate beneficial gut bacteria, reduce total cholesterol, and help remove toxins. All very necessary for significant weight loss.

The Lifesaver – one of the best weight loss drinks you will ever taste

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • A thumb of fresh ginger root

Juice the carrot and ginger, followed by the apple and orange. Crank up the heat – add more ginger and less orange.

Go Green Go – drink this for weight loss

green_juice_drinks for weight lossPure alkaline! Our bodies are constantly battling to maintain a balanced PH level.  This is difficult for some people because of the lifestyle they live e.g consuming highly processed and cooked foods, stress, and pollution increase the acidity in our bodies.  This can lead to disease and obesity. Alkaline foods help prevent disease and aid weight loss.

  • 3  apples (green)
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1/2 cucumber

Juice all the ingredients and get ready for pure alkaline softly being absorbed into your cells.  Try it for weight loss and feel the difference in energy. Add a shot of spirulina to make your own liquid sunshine.  It’s sort of like consuming 78 vegetables and will flood cells with nutrient dense goodness. Celery is key in this juice, it is packed with beta-carotene, vitamin B3, sodium, folic acid, phytonutrients and apiin. Celery can help reduce inflammation, contain coumarins which have good anti- cancer properties, lowers blood pressure, and can help migraines. Celery aids digestion prevents fermentation and calcium deposits.

 

Try these delicious tasting juices and smoothies for weight loss.  Incorporating these into a daily schedule will help to cut down the calories. Eating the main meal of the day early also helps ensure calories are used for activity instead of being stored as fat. Activity burns off fat and speeds up metabolism. It is easier to be active if the diet is rich in nutrients and balanced. Activity and diet go hand in hand.  People who are active will naturally eat better. Drinking juices and smoothies give people enough energy to be active. Being overweight is associated with all kinds of degenerative disease.  When people’s diet is natural, nutrient rich plant based foods, then hunger takes care of itself.

 

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