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Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

The DL on five popular weight loss trends that give healthy and lasting results.

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Juicing

Juicing offers the ability to meet your fruit and vegetable quota on the go blended up in a drinkable, vitamin-rich juice. You can either blend your own juices at home or buy pre-made pressed ones at the store. Popular store-bought juices include brands like BluePrint Juice and Pure Green.

Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

How does it work?

The juicing diet is more of a cleanse, but can also be used supplementally, just to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. It’s helpful in that you can mask a juice containing highly nutritious but less favorable veggies like kale, with the sweet taste of fruit mixed in. The cleanse version requires drinking nothing but fruit and vegetable juice, sometimes with added superfoods like chia seeds or spirulina. This cleanse is done for up to a week, and is supposed to provide essential vitamins and nutrients in a convenient, low-calorie way. A juice cleanse is typically done when trying to shed a small amount of weight in a short period of time.

What’s the downside?

Although juicing is convenient, is it just as healthy as eating whole fruits and vegetables? Experts say no. “You should still eat whole fruits and vegetables” says registered dietician Manuel Villacorta. When you juice, none of the skin or pulp of the fruit gets included, which is where the true nutrients lie. Not to mention consuming the fruit in an expedited way can result in a sugar spike because you’ve removed the fiber.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 58 Comments

  1. May Baker

    Controlling what you eat and drink is the only diet that works. Stuffing your face with anything you can eat will most likely make you round

  2. Miya Hartford

    how about weight gain? I’m seriously asking here. I don’t seem to gain weight. I already tried letting go of my self and eating only junk for 3 months. gained a habit of eating and craving greasy stuff and that’s about it. didn’t gain weight and didn’t make me happy. please help

  3. Jessika Hag

    I thought I will dislike the article because of my bad attitude towards the ways of dieting. I have read lots of articles which state the same, that one will lose weight the natural way by doing this or that. Then I read that you’ve tried all of them, and was curious to know what’s it about. I will recommend the teatox to my cousin. Oil pulling is the great aid for sleeping better because some ingredients found in toothpaste are energizing, but I would never try it because of the silly 20 minutes of swishing, as you have written, can result in jaw soreness.

  4. Ketty Ben

    I love tea and its help in weight-loss. Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health.

  5. Jenny Permel

    Amazing tips! I agree juicing is a very effective, nutritional way to lose get rid of those nasty toxins while shedding away those extra pounds. Most people lose weight within first two weeks.

  6. Issabell Symon

    Plant based diets are really helpful for weight-loss. I am dieting and i try one new food each week, which makes me feel really good. I suggest everyone should do this.

  7. Lulia Jan

    An outstanding share! It’s amazing what some healthy juice will do for not only your body ,but your mind too! Make sure juicing as part of your diet when you go back to eating solids. Thanks for the post

  8. Andrea Mitchell

    Fantastic post and a great way to get the diet back to normal after a summer of splurging. One of my favorites to date. Its so easy to get in a rut with every day eating and so this post served for great inspiration. Would love more posts like this. Thanks 🙂

  9. Amelia Beckons

    Thanks for such a great post Hilary! I’m sure this took a ton of work! I have already sent this to one of my coworkers who was needing a reboot after vacation. I really appreciate it!

  10. Camila Hilhorst

    I love this post!!! I’m a (control freak) meal planner, so I love love love new ideas for balancing the days. And your tips sound perfect for someone needing a little change in their diet!

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