Following the success of documentaries like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead I receive a lot of email from folks who tried a juice fast and failed on day 1.
First of all I salute all those people who give it a try. Friends are often surprised when I tell them that I tried to juice fast for weight loss several times before I completed one.
I would fall on day 2 or 3 because I did not know anyone who had completed a juice fast. Sure I read Jason Vales stuff but other friends were telling me juicing was a fad or that it was not good for me and I relented.
A dear colleague of mine was telling me about his frustration with being overweight and I asked him to watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. He did watch it over a weekend and I was astonished when he said on Monday he was on a juice fast and wanted to complete 30 days!
The next day he wrote to me, ashamed, telling me he could not hack it and he had to eat.
I think there are a lot of people out there who are in the same boat. Motivated by Joe Cross and Phil Staples they hit the grocers, buy a juicer (or dust off the one thats been hiding in the cupboard) and set themselves up for a fall. I used to use a Breville but I am currently testing out the Jay Kordich Power Grind Pro juicer
This is the juicer used by Phil Staples and Joe Cross in the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary.
I believe the best way to juice fast is to build up to it gradually. If you can go all out right away then you have my respect, many people just cant live in juices for 7 days flat.
So here is the advice I gave my colleague on how to juice for weight loss.
Phase 1 – make a green smoothie for breakfast, every day for 7 days. (its good to make a little extra to take to work in a flask in case you get hungry.) I recommend my Phil Staples Juice
Phase 2 – try and juice for one day only, if you feel good shoot for 3 days but no more.
Phase 3 – If you completed the 3 days – the following week aim for 5 days.
Phase 4 – At the end of 5 days, if you feel ok push for 7, if not don’t worry, shoot for a green smoothie breakfast and lunch (or a small salad if you really need to eat.) Then for dinner a nice salad with some protein.
The reason I advocate a green smoothie each day is that it usually leads to you making healthier choices during the day.
I know of several friends and readers who followed my advice and built their juicing up gradually and were able to complete a 7 day fast. This approach really does work and it eases you into it. It also gives you time to work with different fruit and veggie combinations and ascertain what juices you enjoy drinking.
If you have some more tips on how to juice fast then please feel free to leave us a comment and share with other running on juice readers.