Juice fasting

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    Oct 20, 2008 11:17 AM GMT
    Hey gents, what do you know of or think about Juice fasting. I am going to give this a go starting in a week or so. I am going to DC for work and couldn't possible maintain it while there. I am eager to hear feedback. Thanks!

    * Edit: I am doing this with the expectation of gaining some weight back and as a kick-off to a healthier eating style. I am not sure if I buy all the 'toxic cleansing' stuff, but it strikes me as something interesting to try.

    http://www.juicefasting.org/

    This is me in July and I pretty much look the same:

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    Oct 20, 2008 11:50 AM GMT
    I have a coworker who does twice weekly juice fasts. She does 2 days a week where all she consumes is carrot juice and I think acai juice. Other days of the week she eats her regular balanced mostly meat free diet. She lost 15 lbs with no exercise.
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    Oct 20, 2008 12:52 PM GMT
    I personally am not into fasting or dieting of any sort, I think it just eventually leads to frustration and gaining the weight back. I believe to take weight off and keep it off than a change in lifestyle is required.

    I try and follow a few simple rules when I want to lose a bit of weight (I have lost 20 lbs. since March 2007 and have kept it off).

    1. I cut back on fried foods and meat;
    2. If I have a big meal at lunch (e.g. Indian buffet) I skip supper except for something very light like fresh fruit;
    3. I eat breakfast;
    4. I watch my alcohol intake (especially beer) since it often increases my appetite to munch on junk food;
    5. I never eat a meal after 7 PM if I can help it;
    6. I never eat late night snacks.
    7. I eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day.
    8. I exercise every day, especially running, to burn off calories and increase my metabolism.

    If you think that juice fasting will work for you in the short term than try it. I just would not think it would be something that would work for permanent weight loss.
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    I'm with SurrealLife on this one. Permanent lifestyle change is where it's at. IMO, the best way to achieve long-term weight loss is to reduce caloric intake to a bit below the body's caloric requirements. That way, the body doesn't go into catabolic famine mode, where it will hold on to fat and burn off muscle. Back in May, I tweaked my diet a bit and dropped from 190 to 178 in three months. If there was any muscle loss, it wasn't enough to impact my weight training.
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:25 PM GMT
    I am 100% willing to have my opinion changed, but this seems like another fad diet to me... I have to go with the lifestyle change thing too.
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    Oct 20, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    Search "The Velocity Diet" online. Bodybuilders use this to trim off excess fat while still maintaining/increasing their muscle size. It's better for your body as your basically consuming protein shakes that are high in calories but low in carbs. I'm going to give it a go here on November 1st and see what kind of progress I make. I'll let ya'll know how it goes.
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    Oct 20, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    Lifestyle change is always the BEST long-term move, however sometimes people need a catalyst to get them motivated such as the Velocity Diet, a fast or cleanse, just be careful on the route you go and when you're done with the fast/cleanse or what have you, make sure you begin the lifestyle change and begin to eat right.