Drinking your Fruit and The Juice Fad

juiceI was about 17 when I first went to Weight Watchers. One of the first rules they teach is to Eat your fruit, DO NOT drink it.  The science is simple…

Your body cannot digest the amount of insulin you are putting into your blood stream in juice form fast enough to use so that it doesn’t convert to fat.  Eating your fruit takes a little longer for the digestive process to do its work at controlling your blood sugar levels.

I thought by now this was common knowledge.  I remember learning this in Weight Watchers way back when I was in my teens.  At the time, Weight Watchers was the only game in town and truthfully it’s probably one of the most solid nutrition plans on the market still.  Though it has its faults in modern day nutrition science, they do teach you how to eat real food and small meals, 5 times a day.  You even get cheat foods if you save up your calories and still lose weight by eating food ..CLASSIC!

The game is about controlling your blood sugar levels throughout the day so that you don’t experience highs and lows.  Keeping a constant blood sugar level maintains your metabolism at an even pace so that it doesn’t become sluggish and have to work overtime.

Today’s fad is all about juicing.. I see people juicing FRUIT and they wonder why they are not losing weight.  And you wont!

Yes there are people who are slim and can drink fruit juice. Their body type and their metabolism is fine with that, but if your aim is to lose fat, you will not succeed with fruit juice in your regimen.fruit

Juicing vegetables is fine, and bonus points for greens,  so long as there is NO fruit in the mix.

If you insist on juicing so be it… Juice away and let me know how that’s working out for you.

I leave you with one final thought, Fruit IS Sugar!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal

This FRUIT Burns FAT

     With just 36 calories FAT BURNING calories, half a GRAPEFRUIT is high in a Flavonoid called Naringin, which gives them their bitter taste, can activate certain enzymes which help to…

•Stimulate the liver to breakdown fat

•Control blood sugar through improved insulin sensitivity enabling your body to handle carbohydrates more efficiently

• metabolize fats

•and even have cholesterol lowering effects.

Grapefruit is also high in soluble fiber called pectin which can help to slow digestion and absorption.

*BONUS: This soluble fiber also promotes regularity so you poop better : )

Try eating half a grapefruit before a meal for the next few weeks and see if you notice the following:

•Regulates Hunger

•Being able to last longer between meals without food

•Fewer mood swings throughout the day

•And a leaner body!

       Studies also show a decrease in triglyceride levels, which may prove beneficial for improving heart health.  However, if you take prescription medications, especially statin drugs, avoid undesirable interactions by consulting your doctor before eating grapefruit.

GRAPEFRUIT also acts as a powerful liver tonic…Awesome for the mornings after you partied too hard ; ).  Keeping your liver clean will help keep you BURNING FAT!

In peace, health & with much love,

Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer