Why is juice not a good idea if you want to lose weight?

You might have seen me talk about juice on my Instagram… How I’m not a fan of it at all. The reason for this is the unbelievable amount of sugar packed in them. Natural or not, it’s still sugar and it will still cause your blood sugar to rise… a lot. Why is that bad you might ask… So let’s sum it up.

I know that many of you need a weight-loss related angle to REALLY care about this (no judgment at all, just being realistic) that’s why I’m focusing on that. 

Insulin and Fat Storage: When we eat, our body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, which enters the bloodstream. In response, the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that helps cells absorb glucose for energy. However, if there’s a sudden surge of glucose from refined carbohydrates or sugary drinks, insulin levels spike dramatically.This high insulin surge promotes fat storage. Once cells have taken up enough glucose for their immediate needs, insulin signals the liver and muscles to convert excess glucose into glycogen, a stored form of energy. However, when glycogen stores are full, the remaining glucose gets converted into triglycerides, a type of fat, and stored in fat tissue. This contributes to weight gain over time.

Increased Appetite and Cravings: Blood sugar spikes are often followed by crashes, where blood sugar levels drop rapidly. This can trigger feelings of hunger and cravings for sugary or high-carbohydrate foods, leading to further weight gain.

Trust me it is far easier to live life with steady blood sugar levels than trying to literally fight your own biology… Eating the wrong way will make it impossible to resist those cravings. Ultra-processed foods and sugary drinks do not promote steady blood sugar levels making it pretty much impossible for people to lose weight for as long as they consume them on regular basis. Unfortunately this modern food environment is so difficult to navigate especially as food companies are allowed to say pretty much anything on front of food packaging, which can be so misleading. We didn’t just all become weaker than the previous generations… our food environment changed. So don’t blame yourself no matter where you are with your wellness right now; just take small action steps towards eating in a health and weight-loss promoting way. 

I do also want to mention some of the long-term effects of your blood sugar spiking regularly

  • Increased risk of diabetes: Frequent blood sugar spikes can overwhelm your body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively, potentially leading to prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
  • Heart disease: Chronically high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Kidney damage: Over time, high blood sugar can damage the kidneys, reducing their ability to filter waste products from your blood.

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