Diet trend: Juicing

Diet trend: Juicing

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) Juicing is one of the biggest diet trends of the summer. People all across the Wasatch are trying it and losing a lot of weight. But how does it work, and is it good for you? We find out.
Kim Stephens is a former athlete who takes her health seriously. This year she started juicing after watching a documentary called "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead." in it, Joe Cross documents his weight loss and health improvement following a 60 day juice reboot. Stephens was so inspired she decided to do a 15 day reboot.

"Yeah, I mean it was a slow process, we started juicing, started eating a lot of vegetables which I don't eat a lot of vegetables and so, it was a change for me," Stephens said.

The diet got a little tough about a week in.

"Once I made it through those couple days it was awesome, I felt so much better my skin started looking so much better," she said.

After the 15 days was up, Stephens had lost 12 pounds.

"It was weird, it's like my lifestyle changed after 2 weeks and I wanted to eat healthy and I didn't want any of the processed foods and I started being a lot pickier about what I would eat after that," she said.

According to Julie Bolick, a clinical dietitian at Intermountain Health Care, that's the best aspect of this diet.

"One of the great positives about juicing is that it really has helped to get people eating more fruits and vegetables," Bolick said.

But is juice, as the only source of nutrition, especially over several days or weeks good for you?

"I wouldn't continue to juice over a long period of time, several days time is plenty before getting on a healthier plan of eating that's more balanced," Bolick said.

Unfortunately she said juicing is far from balanced. It's important to have protein, carbs and fat in your diet too.

"I do think that one juice a day is really as much as we ought to consider having and I think an 8 ounce portion of that is plenty," Bolick said.

She also points out when you juice a fruit or vegetable, all the fiber goes away with the pulp.

"A smoothie can actually be a much more nutritious option because you wouldn't be eliminating the pulp from the fruits and vegetables we would be including that," Bolick said.

Without that fiber, you can run into major digestive issues. So would Bolick recommend it? No. But if it gets someone going in the right direction of overall health she's not completely opposed to a quick reboot.

Bolick said it's important for people who want to lose weight to look for life changes, not quick fixes. As with any other diet plan, if you're thinking of juicing, consult a physician.

Next Monday, we're diving into another meal plan called the Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet.

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