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What Is the Orange Juice Diet?

A glass of orange juice.
Freshly squeezed juice from oranges is the main component of the orange juice diet.
The orange juice diet encourages weight loss.
The orange juice diet encourages the consumption of vitamins that can help maintain good health.
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An orange juice diet involves drinking only fresh orange juice for a certain duration; this period can be two days, ten days or even a month. The purpose of the orange juice fast is usually to cleanse and detox the body as well as to lose weight. As with all special diets, it is advisable to consult a doctor beforehand, particularly if there happen to be any existing health concerns.

For the orange juice diet, it is important to process fruits in a juicer on a daily basis and drink only fresh orange juice. Storing the juice will reduce its nutrient value, and drinking packaged juices, many of which have chemical preservatives, will defeat the whole purpose of the diet. It is best if the orange fruits are organically grown.

Orange juice is rich in vitamin C, and can enhance the immune system and improve digestion. A regular intake of orange juice can help ward off colds and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. It is also effective against stress-related conditions like hypertension. While these health benefits explain the popularity of the orange juice diet, it is important to do things in moderation, and many healthcare experts recommend against this diet.

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Generally, seven glasses of orange juice a day are recommended for the diet, along with seven glasses of water to keep the body well-hydrated. It is essential not to exceed this intake during this diet as, if overdone, the calories in the orange juice can bring about rapid weight gain. Another issue is that, unlike with eating a whole fruit that takes time to digest, juices are more quickly absorbed in the bloodstream, and the sugar in the juice can raise the insulin levels rather drastically, resulting in problems.

Staying on the orange cleansing diet can be difficult. Apart from food cravings, it is normal to experience some amount of discomfort like fatigue or irritation as the body detoxifies. It will help to rest adequately and to exercise in moderation to both distract the mind and to aid with the weight loss objective.

The positive effects of the orange juice diet will usually start to become apparent within two or three days. Advocates claim that the diet are likely to experience an overall increase in their energy output, and will feel more alert and stimulated on the mental level. The orange juice diet will also bring about a marked improvement in their physical appearance. Aside from becoming leaner and fitter, they are likely to notice a clearer skin, glossier hair and less brittle nails.

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anon350089
Post 3

Most people don't realize how much sugar they eat on a daily basis. Breads, pastas, starches and such are easily converted into sugar. Eleven year olds are being diagnosed with diabetes. Sugar, corn, and soy are put into everything. If anything, on an orange juice diet you may get less sugar.

nextcorrea
Post 2

I have heard of an apple juice diet before but this is the first time I have ever heard of an orange juice diet. I suppose they are probably the same in theory but it makes you wonder how effective these things really are if all the different kinds of juices are interchangeable.

I have never done one of these juice diets but I did do a cabbage diet once and it did not work for me at all. I suffered through countless bowls of cabbage soup and then gained all the weight back about a month after the diet ended

truman12
Post 1

The orange juice diet is nice in theory, but when you stop and think about it for just a half a second it starts to seem a lot sillier. Orange juice is not exactly bad for you, but it is not all that great for you either, even if it is organic and fresh squeezed. It has a lot of sugar and it is not something you can live off exclusively like beans or rice.

But a lot of diets are based on the idea of ordering your food choices. For some people, having very strictly regimented meals is the only way they can break out of their bad habits. As much as I may think that the diet is silly, if it works for you it works. No denying that.

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