You Don’t Need Another Juice Fast

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A friend of mine recently went on a juice fast. She felt stressed out, tired, and thought that it might help her. 
She went on a juice fast, felt great doing it, and one week later: she’s back where she started. No sustained fat loss, the fuzzy feelings are gone, and she’s still stressed out. 
This story reminds me of dozens others like this, including many of my own experiences. 
Juice fasts or “feasts” are vastly overrated.
At best, they are a very expensive way to make you feel “good” while not really improving your health. At worst they are counterproductive, leading you to weight gain and a cycle of bad habits.
I’m a proponent of fasting when used intelligently. Intermittent fasting and supervised water fasting can be extremely beneficial for many people. Water fasting leads to physiological changes that do NOT occur on a juice fast unless you restrict calories significantly. 
I fast on WATER 1-3 days a month when I feel the need for it. 
I avoid juice cleanses and other “mono-diets.”

I Once Bought the Hype

Like many people, I once bought the hype of juice fasting or “feasting,” as it’s sometimes called. 
I also tried many mono diets cleanses, including eating only watermelon or apples for days on end. One time with David Wolfe, in the late 90s, we went for a few days eating only cherimoyas! That was a little expensive…
I went on numerous juice fasts of 1 to 8 days in length. 
None of those juice fasts or mono diets made any positive difference in my health and were all a lot of hassle for nothing.

You’re Wasting Your Time on Juices

People try juice feasting because they want miraculous results. 
Sometimes, it may provide a necessary “kickstart.” A juice fast may be a good idea to get back on track if you do it for only a few days. 
Beyond that, I think it’s overrated. 
With juice fasting, not only are you NOT learning to eat the right combinations, quantities and types of food, but you’re confusing your entire system by literally drowning it in juice.
It’s worst than not learning how to eat: you’re training yourself to eat improperly.
We’re meant to eat fiber. If you remove the fiber from your food, you are not gaining any benefits. You’re removing an integral part of the food.
Trying to live on juice for several weeks then becomes an exercise in futility. 
You’ll get much better results if you try a cleanse that includes the fiber in the food, and that way you’ll also be learning how to eat a high-raw diet.
On top of that, juice fasting won’t even bring you the same benefits as water fasting.
Think about this: juicers are a recent invention. However, we’ve fasted on water since the dawn of humanity! The natural order of things is to eat a healthy diet and fast on water when you need to (and if your health allows). 
Yes, people get good results from a juice fast because they remove all the gunk. But ultimately, it’s not going to teach you how to eat well. So I’ve known many people who get dependent on these juice fasts or “resets.” They feel great after a long juice fast, but it’s not long that they gain back most of the fat. Their solution is to go on another juice fast, and so on forever.
Yes, many people feel fantastic during a juice fast. But when the juice fast is over, unless they make some serious changes, they’ll end up in the same place as before! And if they DO make changes, then most of the health benefits will come from those changes, and not from the juice fast.
My advice is to eat the best diet you can NOW and don’t juice fast. 
Instead, try a short water fast as a much more effective kickstart. If some health challenge prevents you from fasting, then try a juice fast, but only for a few days. I cover this technique in details in my program the “Greatest Cure on Earth.”
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.


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  1. Asaf says:


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  2. Howdy I am so happy I found your website, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Yahoo for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a fantastic post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great work.

    As far as juice fasting goes, I think that water only fasting is far superior. For one thing, I actually believe that juice fasting is much more difficult because you need to be consuming very fresh juice which means you have to make it or have easy access to it. I am not sure this is practical for most people.

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