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April 18, 2018 06:12 PM

Do Juice Cleanses Work?

With summer creeping up, some of you may be looking for ways to get your body ready for a bathing suit.

And while there's no overnight fix to drop pounds fast, some say a juice cleanse can speed up the process. 

While there's no overnight miracle to get rid of unwanted pounds, there are many diets and cleanses on the market that say they can help. 

One of those options is a juice cleanse. 

"It kind of was a nice change. I did feel like maybe a little more physically healthy, but mentally it was pretty tough," Jacqui Meadors said. 

Meadors says while she felt physically healthy, the two day juice cleanse she completed would be her first and last. 

"It wasn't for me. I think it's much more important to choose nutritious foods," Meadors said. 

Unlike most diets, during a juice cleanse you consume all of your meals in liquid form typically consisting of fruit and veggie mixes. 

"They think that okay if I go on this juice cleanse I'm going to lose quite a bit of weight in a short amount of time, and that's going to kind of reset me and help me eat healthier and continue to lose weight," Registered dietitian Lizzie Kasparek said. 

An average juice cleanse lasts three to seven days, but some can last up to 30.

The longer the cleanse, the more weight lost. But here's the catch... the weight you lose is only temporary.

"It's usually low energy and low carbohydrates. So you're losing a lot of water weight that comes a long with not eating a lot, not eating a lot of carbohydrates," Kasparek said.

Kasparek says she doesn't recommend juice cleanses to her clients, but instead says incorporate healthy meals and exercise to get rid of unwanted weight. 

"I mean, drinking lots of water, adding in those five to 10 servings of vegetables. Eating lots of fiber, right?" Kasparek said. 

The bottom line is, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

Before participating in any cleanse or diet, make sure to check with your doctor ahead of time. 

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