Juicing for Weight Loss and Why You Should Avoid It

February 28, 2013 | By | 13 Comments

Do not juice a single fruit or vegetable until you read this first…

I’m not sure how and when the trend began, but one thing is certain: juicing is all the rage these days. It seems like everyone’s doing it. And those that aren’t, are planning on doing it in the near future.

And why not?

After all, it detoxifies your body and helps you shed weight fast, right? Not exactly. In fact, it may very well have the opposite effect – especially when it comes to the latter. With that said, let’s pick apart those two common claims and shed some light on the matter.

As far as detoxification goes, it’s pretty much a moot point. Look, your body has kidneys and a liver that do an amazing job of eliminating toxins. There’s absolutely nothing that can match their ability to do this – least of all a silly little “juice cleanse”.

So, instead of going on a sugar-loaded, liquid diet to supposedly purge the poison out of your system, take a better approach. Don’t put that stuff in your body to begin with. Eat clean, natural foods and you won’t have to worry about detox.

Moving on with the second claim: weight loss…

Can juicing help you lose weight? Absolutely. Then why am I against it? Simple: the reason why it often causes a rapid and significant loss of weight is because of cleaning up your diet – not necessarily because of the juice. If you were eating poorly before and then made better food choices – almost any diet or intervention would do the same thing.

Having said that, let’s examine the flip side of the coin. You see, not only is juicing itself not responsible for weight loss, it can actually cause you to gain it.


When you juice, you’re ingesting a LOT of sugar all at once – much more than you ever could than if you were to eat the fruits (and veggies) whole. To make matters worse, you’re not getting any of the fiber that naturally slows down the absorption of said sugar. This can cause all kinds of health issues, one of which is weight gain.

Of course, that’s not as big as an issue with vegetables, but here’s the bottom line: if Mother Nature wanted us to drink juice, you’d find the stuff growing on trees. You can be sure of that.

At the end of the day, here’s my advice. Save the money you’d spend on an expensive juicer and buy fresh, organic foods. Eat them whole. Furthermore, stay away from processed junk. Do these simple things and you’ll get all the benefits that juicing supposedly can give you… but without any of the hassle and/or potential risks.

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  6. Shirley Rodman

    I drink a smoothie in the morning, made from fresh or frozen fruits and spinach & add a measure of organic protein. Nothing is added, except a dash of turmeric and cinnamon. Is this drink OK?

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Shirley,

      On the Cruise Control Diet, we advise to stay away from smoothies or food in liquid form. As we only recommend 1-2 servings of fruit a day maximum, a smoothie will definitely put you over the suggested amount and as a result add extra sugars to your diet. If you would still like the smoothie, make it with just vegetables and save a piece of fruit for a snack later.

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  9. Carlos

    Hi, I started the Cruise control diet, so far I am doing great. I lost 20 Pounds on the first month. I enjoy reading this article, However, I am a little confuse with this one. On an email communications from Mr. Ward, I founded a recommendation for a night drink before bed that help you with feeling better and flatten your stomach. the drink consist of cucumber, Parsley, lemon, and Ginger. should I continue drinking this every night? or should I stop? Please advise since this recommendation came from your communications and this one says no to Juicing. I appreciate your response since it has been the first diet that I feel great with results, and no cravings.

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