It has been one harsh winter in Chicago, but that doesn't stop readers from staying HEALTHY! Today I am addressing two questions from my Facebook page. I will touch upon juicing and fasting in your diet.
"Can you talk about the benefits and possible detriments of juicing? Not like a juice cleanse, but added juiced veggies/fruits to supplement morning breakfast or any real meal."
I am glad you noted juicing and not juice cleansing. Most juice cleanses are a form of "detoxing" that depletes your body of nutrients and flushes your system of water, nutrients and yes, some toxins. During a juice cleanse you drop water weight but as soon as you eat again you add it all back on... maybe even more. Juicing on the other hand is completely different. I personally do NOT juice, but I have heard from many people who like it. When you juice you are still getting all your nutrients from the food because you are consuming nutritious and whole foods. Many people do not consume the daily recommendations for fruits and vegetables so this can be a great alternative for them. The negative side of juicing a fruit or vegetable is you are losing parts that are nutritious and fibrous such as the pulp and the skin.
My suggestion: Incorporate fruits and vegetables into your daily diet multiply times a day. I eat my fruit intake in the morning (because of the sugar) and I eat at least 1-2 cups of veggies with EVERY meal (6 meals a day). If you don't like eating fruits and veggies whole, then go ahead and put them in a blender or vitamix..... just make sure you get them in daily!
"What are the pros and cons of fasting? I've done a little research, and it seems some people think only eating 6ish hours a day (and not counting calories), and then fasting the rest of the time, is really good for losing weight and building muscle. Also, working out while fasting -- yay or nay? And one last thing... bulletproof coffee (coffee with butter and MCT oil)... do you think it actually helps?"
I like to describe our bodies as cars that we use every day to get from A to B. When you wake up in the morning you get ready and go to your car expecting it to transport you to B. If you don't have fuel in it, you aren't going to go very far. Now, think of it as fasting, if you try and drive on an empty tank, you aren't going to go very far. Sure, you can still function, but are you doing more harm to your body? There are many fad fasting diets and there always will be. Fasting is telling your body that you aren't going to give it the nutrients it needs so it holds onto everything for dear life. Once you do eat again it doesn't know when it will get those nutrients so it might even hold onto more, resulting in weight GAIN! I like to keep things simple. If you feed your body whole, natural foods daily, then you will "detox" all the bad toxins. This will also help in decreasing body fat and if your macronutrients (fat/carbs/proteins) are right on track then you can build lean muscle as well. You need fuel in your body, our bodies simply do not perform our best on low fuel. I suggest eating 5-6 small meals a day and every 3-4 hours. This will also keep your metabolism healthy and functioning properly.
In good health,
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Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.