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Is Juicing a Healthy Habit?

 

A lot of people are juicing for health because they think it’s a great way to jump-start their weight loss. However, what you might not know can not only stop your weight loss, it can make you sick. Juicing may provide some nutrients, but it could also be doing a number on your blood sugar levels, which stops weight loss dead in its tracks, causing your body to store excess fat around your stomach, hips, and thighs. Storing this excess fat makes it even harder to lose weight in the long run.

Here's a letter I received:

"My fiancée and I have been losing 1 pound a day on your plan for the last two weeks. We started juicing, thinking it would be good for us. We make fresh juice using a variety of fruits and vegetables; including cucumbers, carrots, kale, spinach, celery, apples, and mangos. We drink 16 ounces every 3–4 hours throughout the day, followed by a healthy dinner. But after the first day, our weight loss stopped, and we were wondering if the fresh juice might be causing blood sugar spikes. We're concerned that this might not be a healthy habit and could be the reason we are hungry all the time." — John A 

Yes, you guessed it. When people start juicing, they assume it’s all good, and they tend to take an "all in" approach. They don’t think about the fact that they are juicing several quarts of fresh juice daily, and most of the time they consume only one healthy meal a day. This couple's concern is right on target—Juicing elevated their blood sugar levels that stopped their weight loss.

If you've ever juiced before, you know that it takes several pounds of produce to produce 16 ounces of juice. That’s why we think juicing is such a healthy habit. We all know that eating our vegetables is good for us, and most of us fall short of the recommended intake, which is five vegetables per day and 2–3 fruits, making juicing seem like the perfect solution. But is it? 

When you juice, you are getting the nutritional equivalent of at least a dozen servings of fruits and vegetables in every glass. The problem is that juicing also concentrates the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables while separating out all the fiber that would normally slow the absorption of sugars. If you drink the juice all by itself, those sugars will be quickly absorbed into your bloodstream causing your insulin levels to skyrocket. The insulin spike gives you that sugar high, but it’s not good for melting fat or losing weight.

Want to know how much sugar is in that so-called healthy juice you’re drinking?

Check out the table below of the eight most popular fruits and vegetables used for juicing. It will show you how much of each it takes to make 16 ounces of juice, as well as how much sugar that amount contains. 

Believe it or not, it takes between 2–3 pounds of produce to make 16 ounces of juice. The sugar content varies quite a bit. Fruit is the highest, of course, followed by high sugar vegetables like beets and carrots. Green vegetables are certainly the lowest. The sugar content of your mixed juice depends on what combination of fruits and veggies you select. Keep in mind that not all of that sugar will end up in the juice. Some will be left behind, along with the fiber in the pulp. Approximately 75 percent of the sugar will make it into the juice.

Fruit comparison chart 

Does fresh juice raise blood sugar levels as much as drinking soda?

Yes. If your juice contains all of the typical fruits and vegetables most commonly used (such as the clients above), in roughly equal amounts. Taking into account the fact that some of the sugar will be left behind in the pulp, we could guess that each 16-ounce serving would have about 38 grams of sugar, which is the amount in a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola. The problem is your fat cells, glucose receptors, and pancreas cannot distinguish between the sugars in juice and the sugars in soda. 

My suggestion is to chew your food don’t juice it. It’s better for you in the long run and will save you a ton of money. Drinking 16 ounces of fresh fruit and vegetable juice every 3–4 hours or even once a day, without adding protein and removing the fiber, could lead to some significant blood sugar spikes that stop weight loss dead in its tracks.

I can hear you now—Unlike the sugar in a Coke, the sugar in the juice is natural, so it’s good for you, right? It also contains vast amounts of nutrients. It takes, at least, a dozen servings of fruits and vegetables to produce a 16-ounce glass of juice. Surely all of that great nutrition would offset that blood sugar issue, wouldn’t it?

Most of the nutrients you receive from juicing fruits and veggies are antioxidants. Antioxidants are good for us, but there's a limit to how much your body can utilize at one time. We can create an imbalance of nutrients that sets us up for a nutrient deficiency by overshooting the runway. Yes, five servings of vegetables a day keeps us healthy, but more is not better. Researchers even believe overdoing it can be harmful to your health, especially if you have cancer or any other disease that might prompt you to feel the need to cleanse.

Fresh juice is nutritious but it’s not balanced, and it doesn’t contain an essential nutrient your body needs—Protein. It lacks fiber and essential fatty acids that are nutrients your body needs. Ladies, this also keeps your hair, skin, and nails healthy and your brain functioning optimally.

Want to boost your nutrition without hurting your weight loss? Juice like this.....

If you love the taste, or you're convinced that fresh juice is making your life better, here are a few suggestions for maximizing your returns and minimizing any downside, especially if you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off.

    1. Juice in moderation. There's nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of fresh juice on a daily basis, but 8-ounces a day is plenty. Stay away from straight fruit juice.
    2. Juice leafy greens vs. higher sugar vegetables (See thermogenic list of vegetables in The Metabolism Solution)
    3. Boost weight loss and nutrition by adding 1–2 scoops of Complete Whey Protein Powder Advanced. Adding protein will not only round out the meal nutritionally but will also slow the absorption of sugars from the juice. When it comes to digesting sugar, slower is always better unless you’re running a marathon. For weight gain or maintenance; add almond or coconut milk, nuts or nut butter, grains, Greek yogurt, avocado, olive oil, fish, and/or whole fruits. Vegetables would all be good complements to fresh juice.
    4. Have your Lean Green Cleansing Machine (see recipe below) after your workout. The best time to consume your green drink is immediately after you exercise to replace lost nutrients, replenish blood sugar levels while it’s also less likely to spike blood sugar levels.
    5. Make "whole juice." High-powered blenders can emulsify, or reduce, whole fruits and vegetables to a smoothie-like texture. That is good because it also retains the fiber that slows the release of blood sugar. Don’t forget to add a scoop of Complete Protein Powder to boost your metabolism. After all, isn’t that why we all cleanse?

Here are a few cleansing pros: You hydrate, nourish, and your emotional health improves because you are dong something good for your body. Here's that quick recipe for the Lean Green Cleansing Machine mentioned above, courtesy of The Metabolism Solution:

(½) cup of pre-made Green Tea
(1) scoop of LynFit Non-GMO Complete Protein Advanced
(½) cucumber
(1) small fistful of Kale or any leafy Green
(½) peeled lemon

Wash and prep ingredients, add to blender and blend away for 30 seconds to 1 minute and drink.

Boost Your Metabolism Naturally

Think that dream body isn't possible? Well, the secret is out. You can lose the weight and melt away belly fat in a fast and easy way. Make this year better than the last.

How many times have you started a diet on Monday only to throw in the towel by Tuesday? Too many diets can be frustrating and difficult to stick to. If you have tried every fitness program and diet on the planet, from Paleo to juicing, or even the “gluten free” craze, you’ll want to try the Lose 1 Pound a Day Plan to boost your metabolism. It’ll help you melt stubborn fat and keep it off for good.

WHAT IS METABOLISM?

Metabolism is the process by which the body breaks down food to produce energy. When we 're young, it's easy to lose weight. We can diet and exercise and easily lose weight. However, as we age, it becomes increasingly more difficult to lose weight. Our metabolism creates the wrong environment for weight loss; such as intense cravings for the wrong foods, fatigue, lack of energy, mood swings and depression. We begin to rapidly pack on pounds, especially around our stomach, hips, and thighs. That makes it even harder to lose weight no matter how hard you try. Our weight gain switch gets stuck in the "On" position as we get older.

By the time you hit 40 (for many of us this starts after graduating high school), our metabolism begins to slow down 5 percent every decade, making it practically impossible to lose weight. In fact, one out of three overweight people have a metabolic issue known as metabolic resistance that manifests itself through such conditions as pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, and haywire hormones that need to be addressed to lose weight—No matter how much time you're spending in the gym.

The good news is that you have more control over your metabolism than you think and can control this metabolic nightmare.

STEP #1:

Eat thermogenically to recalibrate your appetite and switch your cravings to "off". It can be as simple as starting your day with LynFit Whey 12 hours after your last meal to boost metabolism by 25 percent while blocking cortisol. This makes it easier to burn off stubborn belly fat.

Take (1) LynFit Accelerator to heat up your metabolism and accelerate weight loss safely and naturally.

NOTE: Not all protein shakes are created equal. This specific whey is the most powerful whey when it comes to boosting your metabolism. It contains the exact amount of amino acids your body needs to feed the muscle, preventing your metabolism from slowing down while starving the fat, so it leaves. It also tastes delicious.

LynFit Accelerator isn't your typical fat burner. It is a multi–ingredient approach that works quickly to reset your metabolism. Unlike single ingredient supplements that don’t work as well, LynFit Accelerator contains the pharmaceutical grade superstar ingredient, raspberry ketones, and contains an ingredient that blunts the hunger signal because it makes you feel full. You'll see and feel a difference in the same day. You won't find this quality on store shelves.

For 30 percent faster results, empty the capsule into your shake.

STEP #2:

Burn the fat faster and easier by replacing your mid-morning snack with tea and take (1) LynFit Cutting Edge supplement.

Take (1) LynFit Cutting Edge with L-Carnitine immediately after your workout, or 1–2 hours after your Protein Shake for breakfast to persuade your body to burn fat by transporting fat into the cell, so it's guaranteed to be burned as fuel and not stored.

LynFit Cutting Edge is also a multi-ingredient approach that science says is 20-times more effective than single ingredient supplements. It saves you time and money as well.

This is my favorite because the complex in it also helps your brain make serotonin, so you feel good fast. If you’re already working out, you’ll want to take this before and after your workout to force your body to burn fat.

STEP #3:

Curb cravings and reshape your body by curbing your munchies before they begin. Munch on a green apple and take (1) LynFit Carb Edge supplement. Carb Edge enhances thyroid function that normally slows down when your trying to lose weight. It balances blood sugar levels that cause you to crave. This is also the trick to changing the shape of your body. You'll see your body lean out and trim down. Most people see results in the same week.

NOTE:  LynFit Carb Edge also takes the multi-ingredient approach. It contains white kidney bean extract that blocks 65 percent of the unwanted carbs from being absorbed, so you eat more and absorb less.

You’ll see a difference within the same week. What could be more motivating than that? Get started today!

Pain And Weight Gain

Pain affects more than your weight loss:

    • 15,000 people yearly die because of opioid use 
    • More people die from prescription pill use than in car accidents 
    • More than 100 million people in the U.S. have pain that won't go away
    • Over 95 percent of the world’s population has health problems with over a 1/3 having more than five ailments
    • A quarter of Americans (76.5 million) age 20 and over, report a pain problem that persists longer than 24 hours 
    • Adults with back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than those without pain
    • Pain sufferers are three times more likely to be in fair or poor health and four times more likely to experience psychological distress 
    • Pain is the top cause of disability in the U.S., costing society $560–635 billion dollars. An amount equal to $2,000 for each of us, and this does not include pain treatments.

Pain and Weight GainIf you struggle with any type pain, I don't have to tell you how it affects every aspect of your life. When you're in pain or not feeling well you crave (and eat) all of the wrong things, making matters worse. Your sleep is affected, which stops you from working out. The next thing you know you’re standing up in front of the refrigerator eating foods that you don't even like to numb that pain. We reach for the quick fix pain relief that slows our metabolism down to a screeching halt, setting our bodies up for the perfect weight gain storm that might take weeks to turn around.

Thanks to natural remedies this can all be helped. Using the right high-quality supplements in the proper amounts you can feel better fast, without slowing your metabolism down. It's also important to keep in mind that certain drugs and over-the-counter medications may give you quick relief, but they also cause the pain to rebound even worse than it was before. This sets us up for disaster as this chronic pain forces us into a negative feedback loop that causes weight gain and stops weight loss. Did you know that most chronic pain sufferers end up taking excessive amounts of medication, drinking too much alcohol and risk becoming addicted?

It doesn't matter if your pain is caused by PMS, injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis or the kind of chronic pain the doctors can't determine the origin. What’s important is that you interrupt this pain cycle and interfere with its debilitating symptoms as fast as you can, naturally. The longer pain is allowed to continue the harder it is to stop. Most chronic pain sufferers will tell you that their pain not only gets worse; it also seems to spread and impacts every aspect of our lives. Physically it stops us from doing the very things that keep us healthy. Mentally it wreaks havoc making it tough to be cheerful. It then gets deeper, affecting our spirituality. We stop being grateful for what is working in our lives. I refer to this as PMS — the kind we all get from time to time.

If you’re ready to stop allowing pain to rule your life it's going to take a three-prong approach, I call the PMS Cocktail. These simple steps will help alleviate pain without slowing your metabolism the way grocery store supplements can. They will boost your metabolism and improve your health. Not just physical health, but emotional health as well. I know what you’re thinking — "here we go with emotional health thing. It's not mental health that's the problem. I was fine until I was in pain." I've heard it all and have experienced it myself, but if you're honest with yourself, you'd admit that you get a bit anxious and cranky when you don't feel good. So we need to get you feeling better fast, so you want to get up and start moving again. Depression almost always equals more couch time and excess sleep that feeds pain. It's the movement that interrupts the pain, helping your body to shut it off. Doesn't that sound empowering?

Here are the three things you need to do to stop the pain cycle faster than you can say "I'm grateful"!

1.  Movement matters more than you think
Pain is your body screaming at you letting you know that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. No matter what ails you, there is some movement to help. See Win the Fight: Stomp Out Melanoma for a pain relief, immune-boosting stretching and exercise regime that's safe and gentle enough to be done even in a hospital bed.

2.  Sleep soundly for quick pain relief, with natural help
Sleep is miraculous, and the quality of your sleep counts more than you realize. Reach for effective natural remedies that promote sound sleep vs. prescription drugs that become part of your problem. Recent studies show that melatonin has a protective effect and dampens immune response without the unwanted side effects that over the counter pain medications have.

This is especially noteworthy for anyone with autoimmune issues such as arthritis. Even people with MS are getting relief taking melatonin. I suggest that my clients take melatonin along with (1) LynFit Pure Omega 3 for sleep help and pain relief. LynFit Pure Omega 3 is pharmaceutical grade and shuts off the pain signals by helping to reduce inflammation that accompanies pain.

*Note: See my info on sleep in The Metabolism Solution or Win the Fight: Stomp Out Melanoma for more sleep tricks. A well-rested person is a happier person.

3.  The spiritual aspect of pain reduction
Countless studies have shown that people who practice gratitude tend to have less pain. I can hear you growling at me so don't take my word for it — try it for yourself. One of the most profound things I've learned from fellow cancer survivors is no matter how much pain they were in; they had an attitude of gratitude. This didn't come easy for me, but I guarantee that no matter what you’re going through, gratitude can change everything, and fast.

One young cancer survivor said that when she couldn't sleep, and her body ached all over, she would lie in bed and count her blessings. She said she would thank the bed for proving warm comfort, and she even thanked the pain that gave her the feeling of being in control that empowered and motivated her to do what she had to to get through the long, painful days.

Every morning along with your LynFit Complete Protein Shake take:
(1) LynFit Pure Omega 3
(1) LynFit D3 Boost
Mid-day shut down
LynFit Recovery Agent as prescribed on the label, according to your weight
Evenings
(1) LynFit Lean Sleep
(1) LynFit Pure Omega 3

*Note: Not all supplements are created equal. Most grocery store and warehouse brands are of low quality. That may be the reason you’re not seeing and feeling results. When it comes to your health, quality counts more than quantity or amount of ingredient. Try LynFit's quality. You'll see and feel the difference right away.

TESTIMONIAL.....
"With my 11th prescription in hand and 12 surgeries behind me, I hit the internet. I could not bear the thought of Gastric Bypass and more limitations. Facebook sent me to a Dr. Oz clip with Lisa Lynn, and she ignited a spark of hope. Could this program work for me? The answer is YES! I needed the whole program to move my stuck metabolism, something no one had been talking about to me. I did not need Gastric Bypass, I needed someone who understood how metabolisms work, and Lisa Lynn got it. Since then I discovered, because the program is gluten free, I was intolerant, and a clean, healthy lifestyle is what I needed. My doctors have taken me off all drugs! No longer do I suffer from Sleep Apnea, GERT, Chronic Fatigue, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, and I have reversed Osteoporosis. I have had to relearn all knew about cooking. All the foods I thought were good for my family and me were not. Years of misinformation that Lisa’s book teaches. Not only did I get healthy but my whole family has benefited. We are a family focused on better eating and healthy living. Working out is a part of our daily routine, a true lifestyle change. Throw away the membership card, it’s expensive, and you’ll get a better workout with Lisa’s DVD."