A lot of people touting weight-loss methods talk about juicing. And I am certainly not going to say in this blog that drinking vegetable juice is a bad choice. It might be a good way to go for a lot of people.
But there is a totally different side of the coin when it comes to juice and diets. Fruit juice is a different animal than vegetable juice, especially when we are talking about processed juice. In fact, almost any kind of processed drink is something that should get you concerned if you are serious about maintaining a diet.
On Day 20, I had a terrible day. Despite running 60 minutes, I still gained .3 kg, which is almost .7 pounds. One of the reasons for this was likely because I drank some processed coconut juice. It was about 15 ounces. That, by itself, is more than a pound. And while the actual coconut and water content is probably okay, all the added sugar and other junk could be a major risk to your diet.
In my Pentamize book, I teach methods for both exercise and diet tracking. One great way to keep from overeating is to eat foods and drink drinks that are low in weight. So drinking a pound of juice in one sitting is already a risk from that perspective.
In my case, I like to stick to water and pure black coffee. Although I drink juice, it’s a small amount added to the water to make the water tastier and easier to drink. I hardly ever drink fruit juice. And I do love juice. But even pure 100% fruit juice can be a problem if you drink too much. Although you can eat pounds and pounds of vegetables, fruits are higher in carbs and calories per serving. No, I am not one of those people with the crazy idea that fruit is bad for you. Just like anything else, it is certainly fine in moderation. All throughout my full weight-loss mode, when I lost 50 pounds, I ate grapes, apples, and other fruit on a regular basis. But I mostly avoided juice except small amounts added to water.
On Day 19, I did an Evening Dominator session, running 55 minutes. This was another successful day, and I lost .2 kg by the time of my morning weigh-in. My weight dropped .8 kg during the run. I lost about .7 kg overnight, which is pretty close to my average. Get my book for the Evening Dominator lesson.
Day 20 was a totally different story. I peaked at 75.7 kg on Day 19. But I peaked at 76.4 kg on Day 20. So I was already way over. I can only surmise that the coconut juice was a substantial factor in this excessive weight gain during the day. But I did go out and run for 64 minutes. That dropped me by .6 kg. However, the damage was so bad that that amount was not enough to recover on the day. And I gained .3 kg by morning, finishing at 75.0 kg.
This was not all bad news. There are going to be days when you give yourself a reward. And even after this Day 20, I was at 75.0 kg yet again. That was the starting amount for my maintenance mode. So after 3 weeks now, I was doing exactly what I set out to do – maintain my weight.
After Day 20, I had run a total of 953 minutes in 17 nonstop jogging sessions. That was an average of 56 minutes and a total weight loss of .7 kg (about 1.6 pounds). As you can see from these numbers, weight loss is a slow and methodical process. But if you have a winning regimen and just keep going, the pounds do come off. It’s about persistence and patience. I actually did a whole lot better than this during full weight-loss mode (2.5 pounds a week). This maintenance mode will naturally have lower averages because I already lost the weight.