1. The Rapid Detox Carrot Drink
Recipe: Juice 2-3 carrots, add a tablespoon or two of lemon juice and a bit of honey
This detoxing drink is particularly effective for weight loss, due to it’s special combination of carotene and citric acid. Acids, including lemon juice and vinegar are extremely important for losing weight. Many people swear that massive doses of vitamin c (4-5g/day) melt fat like nothing else. What’s interesting is that it’s not actually the vitamin C that’s causing the weight loss, but rather the acidity. Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, and it has a pH of 2.4 – the same as vinegar and lemon juice. This drink is extremely effective, especially when taken on an empty stomach.
2. The Tomato Juice Cleanser
This drink is extremely simple – it’s just tomato juice, with some black pepper and salt. Just like the first drink, it’s very acidic. But it also has another power – it’s packed with minerals. Tomato juice is the best source of potassium. This means that a glass of this juice is enough to keep hunger at bay for many hours! Black pepper increases insulin sensitivity, which makes this detoxing drink perfect for weight loss. Athletes, and especially marathon runners often drink this drink to rehydrate properly. The drink contains very few calories – almost an insignificant amount – a glassful of the juice is about 30 calories.
3. Watermelon Juice
Watermelon juice is very easy to prepare – you can either put watermelon flesh in the blender, or you can put it in a strainer and smash it with your hands to produce juice. Watermelon juice is relatively high in calories – about 40 calories per cup. However, it’s high nutritional content, acidity and special phytochemicals, like citrulline make it perfect for weight loss. Here’s what’s also interesting: putting ice in the drink, makes it almost zero-calorie – that’s because the body uses all the energy contained in the juice to compensate for the cooling effect on your body.
How detoxing drinks work and do they lead to weight loss?
We already mentioned some of the mechanisms behind the power of the three simple drinks. But there is more to be said about the power of phytonutrients to produce visible weight loss and belly fat reduction. Your liver can store a lot of fat-soluble toxins, which require antioxidants to ‘liberate’. If you’re not consuming enough plant antioxidants (which the above-mentioned drinks have plenty of), you can be sure that there are toxins in your liver, which your body can’t get rid of by itself.
What you need to know about this fat-loss ‘trick’
This is one of the coolest tricks, I learned from the amazing leptitox strategy(explained in this video). Here’s all there is to this trick:
- Prepare a high-protein breakfast that includes lemon juice and eat it
- Don’t eat carbohydrates with the breakfast, and also don’t eat any for the next few hours. The longer, the better!
Just make your breakfast a high-protein one (combined with a citrus fruit) and then avoid consuming a lot of carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, basically all grains and sugars) for the next few hours. This keeps your glycogen stores in the liver empty and you will notice the fat just melt! This trick on it’s own will not get you in amazing shape, but it’s a good starting point for anyone looking to get the fat-loss ball rolling! Once you see some results you then get motivated, which makes following a complete rapid fat-loss system, like the 2-week diet effortless.
A big advantage of the high-protein is that if keeps you full for much longer, compared to a carb-heavy one. Even cereals promoted as having a “low glycemic index” will create blood sugar ups and downs that will make you very hungry within 2 hours of eating them. So, not only are we eating an effective fat-loss breakfast, but we’re also ensuring that we won’t be very hungry for the next 3+ hours of the day!
But a high-protein breakfast is not all we’re doing here! We’re also adding some citrus fruit to make things even better! Eggs go very well with lemon juice and so does fish, if you’re willing to go through the trouble of preparing fish for breakfast. Eggs are much easier to make.
We have all heard that drinking vinegar of lemon juice will promote fat loss. This is due to many mechanisms, including Ph, detoxification and the way the liver processes fat. Drinking vinegar or lemon juice with a carbohydrate-rich meal will slow down the absorption of the carbs a lot and will put less fat on your body, then the same meal consumed without the acidic drink. It’s not fully understood how citrus fruits, combined with a low-carb and high-protein meal promote fat loss, but what’s important is that it works!
People traditionally ate protien for breakfast. Think about it – eggs and bacon, boiled eggs, were the most famous breakfast meals until a few years ago.
Eggs are a classic breakfast and have been such for hundreds of years. Only recently, people began eating carb-heavy oats and various breakfast cereals for breakfast, and the results are in – people have more problems with excessive body fat than ever! Of course, this is only one factor, but regardless, it’s an important one.
So, give this simple breakfast a try for a week or two and see how it goes!
Today we are more than ever exposed to environmental and other toxins and at the same time we are consuming less and less antioxidants. Although our body makes it’s own antioxidants, it does rely heavily on dietary intake of vegetables in order to process the toxins in the liver and get rid of them. Lacking those antioxidants, the toxins get stuck in the liver and more and more fat is produced to store them, leading to ‘belly fat’. This type of fat cannot be efficiently burned off with exercise and when it is, the toxins are released, leading to fatigue, headaches and other unpleasant effects. Fortunately, there is a simple solution! Read on 🙂
If you’re looking to lose fat steadily and relatively effortlessly, give leptitox a try.
How the Liver Eliminates Toxins
The liver doesn’t work exactly as most people would imagine it – it’s not supposed to absorb toxins from the bloodstream and then store them. Instead, it’s job is to transform the toxins into non-toxic compounds, which are then excreted. This happens in three stages.
In the first stage, the liver processes the toxins through a process of oxidation (in the case of alcohol), reduction (in the case of protein waste) or it jumps straight to hydrolyzation, which makes the toxins water soluble and they can be then carried through the bloodstream and excreted through the kidneys. For this to happen, dietary antioxidants are needed. In the past, this wasn’t an issue, as studies have found that paleolithic men were consuming as much as 300 grams of fiber a day, all of which came from plants. Today, less than 50% of Americans meet the daily recommended amount of fiber, which is only 15 grams. As a result, we have a belly fat epidemic.
How Bitter Vegetables Reverse Fatty Liver and Melt Belly Fat
Fatty liver is a common condition and although commonly associated with heavy drinking, more than 30% is not and is due to diet alone. Lacking vegetable oxidants, the liver cannot turn fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble ones, and they become ‘stuck’ in the liver. As a result, fat accumulates, which is the most common cause of visceral, or belly fat – sometimes all of the belly fat is part of the liver, pushing the belly out.
Liver problems occur in only about 1 in 5 heavy alcoholics and it has been proven that there must be another factor involved, most likely dietary. But you don’t need alcohol to accumulate large amounts of toxic fat in your liver, as we all know. Plenty of people who don’t drink have problems with belly fat, making the intake of ‘bitter’ vegetables the most important factor of all.
Bitter vegetables come to the rescue! When we say ‘bitter’, it’s not necessarily bitter, but vegetables that have slightly astringent and bitter taste, somewhat stinging when you eat them. Cabbage is a good example. If you have ever tried cabbage juice you know it stings, similar to eating garlic. This is what we mean by ‘bitter’. Plant antioxidants generally don’t taste that well, hence why many people don’t eat enough of them.
To make things simple and ingest the necessary antioxidants to flush the toxins from the liver and get rid of belly fat, it’s easiest to make a juice. This way, you don’t have to chew on pounds of vegetables, and it’s easier to make it a habit.
Simple Bitter Juice Recipe
- 1 Cucumber
- 3 Cups Kale
- 1 Lime or Half a Lemon
- 1 Cup Swiss Chard
- Half an Apple
If you want to get the maximum effect (and bitterness :)), you can leave the lemon or lime unpeeled. If you drink the juice on an empty stomach you will feel the effects quickly – you might get a slight headache or you might get slightly nauseous for about 10 or 20 minutes. This is a good sign – it means the juice is working. The toxins are being flushed, and you are experiencing increased blood flow, leading to the headache. You’ll still get the benefits if you drink the juice with food, but since it will be absorbed much slower, you won’t get any side effects at all. Adding cabbage to the mix is even better, but not a lot of people can cope with the taste.
A word on wheat grass juice
Anyone who has tried a larger amount of wheat grass juice on an empty stomach will feel the effects immediately, which can sometimes be severe. This is due to the toxins leaving the liver and being carried to the kidneys to be eliminated. My next post will be on wheat grass juice. The problem is, it’s not as readily accessible as common vegetables, and in fact, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, the only viable option for most people is growing the wheat grass themselves. Wheat grass juice tastes horrible to most people, proving the notion that the worse and more bitter a vegetable tastes, the more antioxidants it has.
It’s okay to eat the vegetables instead, but juicing is easier
Some people don’t like juicing, and particularly the cleanup of the juicer. If that’s you, you can just make it a habit to eat more greens, bitter and astringent vegetables like kale and cabbage and more antioxidants in general. This is key for losing weight, especially if you’re dealing with the dreaded ‘belly fat’.