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Juicing for Weight Loss: How to Get Started

What Is Juicing?

Everyone wants to lose weight, preferably without any effort. There are so many “diets” out there that it's close to impossible to choose one. We propose a novel idea: juicing for weight loss. Juicing is the process by which raw fruits and vegetables are broken down into a liquid soup of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. All the solid matter is stripped away and what's left is a drink that is packed with all the power of the original foods with fewer calories and in a condensed, easy to drink, beverage. Depending on what foods you use to juice you can make these into quick energy drinks, power nutrition shakes, immune boosters, and more.

Types of Juicers

There are several different methods of juicing depending on how much you want to spend and how small you want the particles to be. There are also some that catch the leftover solids and others don't. Cold-pressed is the best juicing method and it's usually used in commercial juicing. There's no heat used so it doesn't damage the nutrients like other methods. Most store brands are centrifugal juicers which do incur some heat because of the speed needed to blend the foods. The downside to centrifuges is that they can also waste a lot of nutrients since they don't break down as thoroughly as a cold press.

Masticating blenders are also popular and do not produce heat but “chew” the foods to squash out the juice. This is a hard one to clean but is great in all other areas. The most visible juicers you'll often find are just high-speed blenders. These produce a lot of heat by blending which can damage nutrients and usually produce the lowest quality juice with fewer nutrients. You'll also have to manually filter the juice afterward to remove solids.

Juicing for Weight Loss: Top 5 Juicers

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor

Pros

•The extra large front chute creates your juice in mere seconds, the micro mesh filter is patented to produce 40% more vitamins and 30% more juice than other blenders. It has a powerful 850-watt motor for fast results that also has an overload protection built in. Conveniently the whole thing is dishwasher safe so when you're done there's no messy clean up and the pulp collector means there's nothing to do but throw away after you're done.

•For its price, it's cheap compared with others that are commonly available in this power category. The jug is a 1 liter capacity that is BPA free plastic. If you want to give juicing for weight loss a try, this juicer is a great choice.

Cons

•A lot of people have noted that this juicer isn't great at extracting everything. You can run the pulp through another blender and get even more out of it despite the claims of a superfine mesh. It's also got a habit of not really mincing all of the vegetables so you might have large chunks of harder vegetables that have to be run through a second time.

•The same is true of leafy vegetables as the particles simply squeeze straight through the mesh without really juicing. The two speed option is a bit pointless since you'll only be juicing at high speed anyway. It also gets easily clogged if you have wet vegetables and in fact the basket starts to wear within a month or so of daily use.

BLACK+DECKER JE2400BD 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor

Pros

•This is the “bargain” blender of the bunch, it's extremely cheap . It's a sleek vertical juicer which is perfect if you have a small kitchen. All the parts are machine washable and stainless steel.

•While smaller than the Breville the capacity is still good at 28oz. One of the most convenient things though it the pusher in the chamber. This makes sure that no fruit or vegetable is left behind and everything goes through. This juicer is extremely good with wet vegetables like carrots and beetroot, which are perfect ingredients when considering juicing for weight loss.

Cons

•The juicing spout is small, it's slow and trickle like while the pulp collector has a wide, quick mouth. The feeder compartment is also small which means you have to manually chop everything up beforehand and feed it in slowly, in fact, the limit is about half a cup at a time which is time-consuming. The 400-watt motor is not very powerful which is why you can't overload it. It's also very loud when operating.

Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer

Pros

•The most deluxe of the 5 includes a super low-speed motor in comparison to the others which are high speed. This helps with heat damage to the nutrients as it only works at 80 RPMs to avoid clogging and foaming. This is a masticating juicer so it gets a lot more juice and smaller particles than either the B&D or the Brevilles.

•The container is GE Ultem Auger which means it's very strong. The 2HP motor is enough to grind coffee and make nut butters as well so it's quite multifunctional. The juicer actually has two stages  which makes it much more efficient than blender style juicers. It also makes pasta, in case you ever needed that on a juicer!

Cons

•The cost is going to be prohibitive for some, but you're getting what you pay for. Despite the 15 year warranty the company has a lot of customer service issues and often consumers are left on their own with broken products. In fact, if you're looking for replacement parts it's practically impossible to get them.

•The screen and cone frequently break with daily use and the company admit to the problem but not to really making a solution. The feed shoot is also quite small and you'll start to find large chunks of pulp in the juice as the screen degrades.

Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer

Pros

•Breville's answer to the Omega is a slightly less powerful motor that is super quiet. The multi-direction screw helps to avoid blockages and makes sure you get everything blended.

•There is also an auto-purifying action to help avoid it getting clogged. This is a slow juicer so you get much less heat produced and better nutrients. It's an upright juicer which means a smaller footprint. Breville is also well known for providing good customer service for defective units.

Cons

•Firstly, the plastic is not BPA-free. You will have to chop greens pretty small to actually get juice from them or the masticator will just pass them through and the same is true of stringy foods like ginger or celery. Juice is very foamy, and a lot of harder foods like carrot will get stuck if the pieces aren't small enough. You'll also need to buy a better brush to clean it with or it will start to smell since it is not dishwasher suitable.

Juicepresso Best Juicer Cold Press Juicer

Pros

•Considered to be one of the easiest juicers to clean, the design is tiny compared to others. It's dishwasher safe and BPA-free and produces almost no heat so your nutrients are intact. The company is good with their customer service. It's almost silent and produces a slightly wet pulp so this can be used again for cooking. If you're considering juicing for weight loss, you should definitely consider this juicer.

•Considered to be one of the easiest juicers to clean, the design is tiny compared to others. It's dishwasher safe and BPA-free and produces almost no heat so your nutrients are intact. The company is good with their customer service. It's almost silent and produces a slightly wet pulp so this can be used again for cooking. If you're considering juicing for weight loss, you should definitely consider this juicer.

Cons

•The most expensive juicer is more like the same thing that Breville and Omega offer with an extra $100 for not a lot of difference. It bogs down and jams with stringy or tough vegetables like celery so they have to be cut very small. The warranty is much shorter than most other companies at only a year for parts and the quality of parts seem fragile.

Which is Best?

When it comes to juicing for weight loss, the Breville-BJS600XL-Fountain-Masticating-Juicer is our favorite, just because of the support when compared to the OMEGA-J8006. That and there's not such a history of problems with broken parts or jamming because of the way it's built.

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