Crash dieting, such as juicing, can become an addiction. On his show this week, Dr. Oz warned of the dangers of the newest eating disorder, juicerexia. Some women are taking the juicing fad diet to new levels and have become addicted to the rapid weight loss.
So what is juicing? Simply put, it’s the process of extracting juice from fruits and/or vegetables and drinking it as a meal replacement. You do not eat any food. Dr. Oz says that some “juice” as a way to cleanse their bodies for a few days while others will take it to the extreme and juice for weeks or even months at a time to lose weight. This is where the problem lies.
Most people would say that juice made up of fresh fruits and vegetables should be healthy, right? Well, yes if it’s in moderation of course. But anything taken to extreme can be unhealthy for you including juicing because it’s not a way of life. Juicing is a quick fix, just like any other diet, because you can’t possibly drink just juice for the rest of your life and you’re only setting yourself up to fail.
In addition, Dr. Oz shared that the initial rapid weight loss makes people believe that it’s a magical diet. But the truth is, in the first few weeks the loss is entirely water. You’ll see the scale go down without actually losing any fat. Continuing the juice diet will then start to cause muscle loss; which is exactly what you don’t want because muscle burns calories, keeps you strong and your bones healthy.
Excessive juicing is a dead end street. Most people who have juiced for an extended period of time lose a tremendous amount of weight, but as soon as they stop the diet they gain it all back. This is where the addiction issue comes to fruition. A juicerexic will continue to go on and off of the juicing diet for the rest of their life until they get help.
After warning his viewers of the unhealthy facts of extreme juicing, Dr. Oz explained that just like any other eating disorder, juicerexia must be professionally treated. The juicerexic needs to find out what the underlying issues are before they’re able to give it up and start over.
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