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5 Recommended Juices For Weight Loss, According to a Nutritionist

If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ve likely done an overhaul of your diet. Whether you’re doing a keto diet or intermittent fasting or made different changes, what you eat and drink plays a huge role in getting you to your goals. One drink that’s become especially popular among people who want to lose weight is juice. But, what’s the best way to use juices for weight loss? We've got answers for ya.

“The main way I'd use juice with a client is to increase hydration, vitamins, and minerals in their diet,” says Seattle-based registered nutritionist Ginger Hultin, RDN, owner of ChampagneNutrition and author of Anti-Inflammatory Diet Meal Prep and How to Eat to Beat Disease Cookbook. Juices can additionally be a great source of hydration and fiber, which makes it super filling, adds Amber Pankonin, RD, the owner of the food blog the Stirlist.

A juice fast is not be the best way to go, though. “If you’re only consuming juice, the initial weight loss you might see on the scale is due to water loss and you will rapidly gain this back if you go back to eating the way you did before,” says Pankonin. Instead, she recommends including juice within your calorie goal or diet and aim to lose one to two pounds per week.

Can juices help you burn belly fat?

Unfortunately, they don't. The body burns fat by using it for fuel, which often occurs when you work out more or consume the right kinds of foods on a regular, balanced schedule, Hultin says. So, simply consuming juice isn't going to burn fat.

Are homemade juices better than store-bought ones?

If you’re buying a juice off the shelf, there are a few things you need to look out for. “Store-bought juices can often be high in sugar and stripped of valuable nutrients like fiber and other phytochemicals,” says Pankonin. Juices made at home are often higher in fiber and you can control the amount of any added sugars or alternative sweeteners that you use, she adds.

If you do not have time to make them yourself, Hutlin recommends looking for juices that are vegetable-based—think green juices, tomato, and other veggie juices. “These will generally be decrease in calories, however still contain a lot of nutrients and hydration,” she says.

Here are some nutritious juices, selected by the experts above, that can help with satiety and are hydrating and delicious on the go.

1. Grapefruit Fennel Fix

“This juice is full of water, veggies, and low-glycemic fruits like grapefruit,” says Hultin. “I love that it has avocado in it because that's a heart-healthy fat source that will be very satiating, keeping you full much longer than a typical juice would.”

2. Pomegranate Orange Juice

“Pomegranates and oranges are high in fiber, making this juice nutritious and filling,” says Pankonin.

3. Blackberry Green Juice

Blackberries are the star of this juice, which are packed with vitamin C and anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that give them their gorgeous purple color. This yummy juice additionally gets a fiber boost thanks to the almond or soy milk, mixed greens, banana, and pineapple.

4. Radishly Radical Apple Grapefruit Juice

This juice contains radishes and lemon to help boost nutrients without relying on sweeter fruit-based ingredients, says Hultin. “It is palatable and delicious because of the grapefruit and apple, however generally this is a low-glycemic, hydrating, and refreshing juice to include in a balanced diet,” she adds.

5. Beet, Carrot, Kale, and Ginger Juice

“Ginger is good for digestive health and the apple adds the right amount of sweetness,” says Pankonin.

Originally published: Women's Health

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