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The Way You Sleep Says a Lot More About Your Personality Than You May Realize

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12 Healthy Snacks That Are Perfect For the Midnight Munchies

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While late-night eating may not be as bad for your waistline as you think, that doesn't mean that all snacks are created equal. The best late-night snacks are easy to digest so you don't lie awake from feeling too full. Carbs are good, but it's a good idea to avoid too much fiber, protein, or fat. If your late-night eating includes buttery grilled cheese, ice cream, or gobs of peanut butter, here are a few healthier options for you. Make these low-calorie options ahead of time for quick snacking when the mood strikes!

The Way You Sleep Says a Lot More About Your Personality Than You May Realize

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When you're closing your eyes and hitting your pillow, you're probably not giving much thought about the position in which you actually fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night. Of course, you're not awake to know whether you start on your side and end up on your belly or vice versa, and unless you sleep with a partner who likes reporting back on your nightly moves, you're probably clueless.

Think about it for a second, though. When you climb into bed to fall asleep in the first place or wake up in the middle of the night for whatever reason, are you always in the same position? Here's why you might want to pay more attention: your sleeping position can actually say a bit about who you are and what your personality is like.

"How we sleep reveals important facets about our personality, but it's not a cut and dry science, with considerable overlap of sleeping positions among various personalities," said Dr. Robert Glatter, MD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northwell Health and attending emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital.

When you think about it, it makes sense. "Body language while asleep often reveals many things about our deep inner personalities, including our self-image and our fears, as well as our core beliefs and outward desire," Glatter said.

Based on Glatter's experience with patients, he tends to find these personality traits and sleeping patterns to match up across the board. "I find that more oftentimes than not, their sleeping positions are a good match to their personalities and general demeanor," he said.

"Most people don't change their sleeping positions throughout their lives. The position we choose to fall asleep in promotes stability and inner comfort and helps us to feel solid and secure as we end our day," he added. Keep reading for his insight on what your sleeping position says about you.

Fetal

"The fetal sleeping position is generally the most common sleeping position," he said. "Fetal sleepers sleep on their side, curled up with their knees tucked in," he explained.

People who sleep in this position might be more introverted or closed up in nature to protect themselves, Glatter said. "People who sleep in the fetal position are often quite sensitive and generally withdrawn or shy. They are often quite anxious and may get bogged down in details," he explained, and he said he often notices the connection when speaking to his patients. What's more, these fetal sleepers often worry excessively over minor details, he said, so they'll need some other ways to de-stress beyond shut-eye, like yoga, exercise, or meditation.

Log

"The log sleeper rests on the side with a straight body and limbs kept at the sides," Dr. Glatter said. Good news: these sleepers are generally more at ease, unlike those fetal-position sleepers.

"These sleepers are often relaxed and laid-back, but also can be quite gullible at times," he said, "based on research by Chris Idzikowski, director of the UK's Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, whose work helps to support the belief that sleeping position appears to draw strong correlations about our personality traits during our waking hours."

If you're a log sleeper, you might want to keep in mind that it's good to be easy-going and less stressed in general, but don't be so quick to go with the flow at all times.

Yearner

"Yearner sleepers are basically side sleepers who stretch both arms out in front of themselves as if they are yearning or grasping for something," Dr. Glatter explained. You can think of this as a need or desire for something, and so reaching out to take hold is a natural tendency. Though, while yearners might weigh pros and cons for their desires and may act slower than others, they are confident in their choices once all is sorted out. "They often take a while to make a decision, but are steadfast once they have made up the their mind," he said.

Soldier

"Soldier sleepers typically lay on their backs with both arms close to their sides," he said. "In general, they are the strong yet silent type. They are more often than not reserved and don't like to make waves," he said.

However, they can also put the pressure on. "They can be quite exacting and demanding of themselves as well as others," he added.

Freefaller

"Freefallers lie on their tummies with their hands encircling their pillows, and they typically turn their head to one side," he said. However, it's not the healthiest position to sleep in, regardless of personality traits. "This mode of sleeping is typically quite uncomfortable due to the neck being rotated and extended," he explained.

"Freefallers yearn to be in control, but in truth feel that their life is often spinning out of control at times. And so they often awake with anxiety," he added, which has also been reported in his experience with patients. To help ease these troubles, try some calming music before bed or perhaps a lavender-scented eye mask to relax those nerves.

Starfish

"People who are starfish sleepers typically lie on their back with both arms encircling their pillow, as if they are in a sit-up position. In general, they are gregarious and very giving, and they are selfless, based on Idzikowski's research," Dr. Glatter said.

Just be warned that with that generous nature might come a few bouts of snores. (Any partners, watch out.) "In general, the starfish and soldier positions are more prone to snoring and poor sleep quality," he said, due to the discomfort and possible muscle tension come morning.

Alyssa's 135-Pound Weight Loss Proves Hard Work Pays Off - and You Can Still Eat Fries!

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Alyssa's 135-Pound Weight Loss Proves Hard Work Pays Off - and You Can Still Eat Fries!

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Alyssa's 135-Pound Weight Loss Proves Hard Work Pays Off - and You Can Still Eat Fries!

Alyssa Figaro's weight-loss journey has been anything but easy, but after losing 135 pounds in just three years, she confirmed that every step of the way was 100 percent worth it.

Growing up as "the overweight child" with parents who were heavily involved in the fitness industry, Alyssa "felt like a disappointment" throughout her childhood. "I wanted to make them proud and lose weight. I made many attempts, but failed more times than I can count, to be honest," she told POPSUGAR. Back in Oct. 2014, at 285 pounds, Alyssa attended a party, where she felt "extremely uncomfortable" the entire time due to her weight and appearance. "I felt like an outsider, constantly comparing myself to the other girls; they were skinny, pretty, and fit. Shame set in and I left," she recalled.

The very next day, "something clicked," and Alyssa realized she couldn't continue the cycle of self-loathing. So she went to the gym where her mother worked and was set up with a personal trainer who kick-started her remarkable weight-loss journey. Before hiring a personal trainer, Alyssa admitted to being "so self-conscious" at the gym, especially when it came to working out alone. "I felt like I had no clue what I was doing, but eventually realized everyone is there for the same reason: to work on themselves. Honestly, hire a professional trainer if you have no idea what you are doing," she advised.

"I really focused on eating whole, natural foods and found this to be crucial to my success and results."

In the early stages, Alyssa was hitting the gym at least five days each week, either working out with her trainer or on her own after building up some confidence. "We incorporated a significant amount of strength training into my routine, which complemented my daily cardio," she told us. As for her daily food intake, Alyssa never adhered to a specific diet plan, but rather simply "focused on eating whole, natural foods and found this to be crucial to [her] success and results." Though she tried counting calories for about a month, she ultimately realized it wasn't exactly her cup of tea and rather relied on becoming more aware of how her body reacted to certain foods and the amount she was eating.

After a year and a half of sticking to this new workout and diet regimen, Alyssa dropped a whopping 105 pounds and unfortunately had to confront an entirely different struggle: excess skin. "Although I was proud of myself for losing over 100 pounds, I was so self-conscious of the extra skin on my midsection, I felt like I couldn't proudly show off the body I had worked so hard for," she explained. In Mar. 2016, Alyssa underwent a procedure called Abdominoplasty (aka a "tummy tuck") and had a total of 10 pounds removed from both her abdomen and underarms. Though she admitted the recovery was "rough," as she was placed on bedrest for two weeks, the results made the entire process worth it - even the scars. "Personally, I would rather have the scars than the excess skin," Alyssa noted. She added a quick word of advice: "I cant stress this enough - for anyone looking into this procedure, do your research!"

Nowadays, Alyssa still hits the gym nearly five days per week, but she has since shifted her focus to strength training and building strong, lean muscle. "I used to be that girl that feared weights, thinking that would give me a manly appearance, and I was so wrong. Pushing myself to use heavier weights more consistently has my body changing constantly. I feel like every week, I see new firm, toned muscles!" she said. When Alyssa does do cardio, it's usually fasted cardio (exercising on an empty stomach), which she tries to squeeze in three or four mornings per week.

"Like 99 percent of the rest of us trying to lose weight, I used to think carbs were the enemy. Now I enjoy them in moderation."

In terms of her current diet habits, Alyssa still relies on eating whole, natural foods, just like when she first began her journey three years ago. She makes it a priority to have a lean protein source and a serving of vegetables with every meal; her go-to options are egg whites and spinach, oatmeal with fruit, and salads topped with veggies and chicken. Oh, and she also enjoys carbs, too! "Like 99 percent of the rest of us trying to lose weight, I used to think carbs were the enemy. Now I enjoy them in moderation," she said.

Alyssa found moderation - rather than full-on restriction - to be the key to sticking to her weight-loss goals. "While looking back at my journey, I realized I fell off track more often if I restricted myself from the foods I craved. I'm human, so if I want to eat fries with ranch dressing, I'll eat it but in moderation and always make sure to get back on track the next day," she said. Hell yes - that's what we're talkin' about!

"Moderation" is one of those things that's often easier said than done for me personally. One second, I'm savoring that glorious first scoop of Ben & Jerry's, and the next, I'm scraping the bottom of the carton wondering how on earth I devoured my precious Cherry Garcia so quickly. Alyssa's secret to successfully resisting the temptation to overindulge? Meal prepping!

"In my failed attempts at losing this weight, I always struggled with snacking. Now, I prepare for those times, and I always have almonds on hand or will grab some fresh fruit," she explained. Then she gave a fun little equation that may be worth printing out and sticking on your refrigerator as a daily reminder: "Failure to prepare = prepare to fail." Though a bit intense, it's totally true.

After shedding roughly 135 pounds, Alyssa now wavers between weighing 145 and 150 pounds, and those fluctuations don't bother her one bit. "I was obsessed with seeing certain numbers on the scale, and I most certainly had a number I wanted to reach," she told POPSUGAR. "Through my trials and errors, I realized being fixated on this one number wasn't a healthy mindset. Now, I am comfortable with fluctuating, as I have a great balance in my life. I now focus on how my body looks and feels." We're so on board with her whole "screw the scale" mentality!

When we asked Alyssa to offer up any advice for fitness newbies looking to change their bodies similarly to how she did, she spilled the following must-hear words of wisdom:

I advise anyone and everyone to find someone that inspires them to become better - a mentor of sorts. My mentor has become that inner voice telling me I can when my own inner voice says I cannot. With this encouragement and inspirational support, slowly I began to realize I can push past my comfort zones, and this is exactly what someone looking to lose weight should do too. Over time, your confidence will begin to increase. It was only when I stepped out of my comfort zone that I started seeing results and the same will be for you.

We'll be filing this one under stories to read when we're in need of a motivational boost.

When to Eat Your Largest Meal During the Day If You're Trying to Lose Weight

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When to Eat Your Largest Meal During the Day If You're Trying to Lose Weight

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When you're on a mission to lose weight, what you choose to eat needs to line up with your goals. However, according to Break the Weight founder and health coach Ricki Friedman, how and when you eat is just as crucial. If you tend to eat light all day and chow down on a large dinner, you might be standing in the way of your success.

According to Ricki, your largest meal of the day should fall between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. After a large midday meal, you have an opportunity to go for a walk, work out, or move in some capacity that will support your digestion, but after a large late dinner, people tend to sit down to relax and go to bed on a full stomach - not a good idea if you want to wake up full of energy with healthy digestion, said Ricki.

This plan may sound easy enough, but Ricki explained, "It's often more of an emotional challenge than a physical challenge for people to make dinner light. Most of us use dinner as an activity for us to do when we get home out of loneliness or boredom, so you'll need some structure or alternative activities to fall back on!" Ricki's number-one activity she suggests to clients? Take a 20-minute walk every night after dinner. An evening walk supports healthy digestion, takes your focus off of food, and gives you an opportunity to check in with your emotional state.

If you're not sure what constitutes a light dinner, Ricki's only hard-and-fast rule is to make it less than 400 calories. Here are four options she recommends to her clients:

Four ounces of salmon with grilled veggies and half a sweet potato Vegetable or lentil soup Half a cup of quinoa with lots and lots of veggies Half a veggie or beef burger with grilled vegetables

"If you want something like pizza, only have one piece or two, and then take your nighttime walk. It's not about taking all the things you love away from yourself; it's about learning how to have them, so you can go to bed feeling good, light, and satisfied," said Ricki.

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I Actually Gained Weight From Eating a Salad Every Day - All Because of This Mistake

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I thought eating a big-ass salad made for the healthiest lunch ever. So I'd meal-prep five salads for the week, pile the veggies into a bowl, add a few more nutritious toppings, and chow down. Salads are supposed to be low in calories - perfect for weight loss. The only problem was, I was actually gaining weight.

How do you gain weight eating veggies, you ask? Well, I thought variety was the key to health, so my bowl mas made up of at least 12 different ingredients, none of which were measured. But when I got a food scale, measured out each ingredient, and plugged everything into MyFitnessPal, I almost dropped my salad bowl in disbelief. This was the nutritional breakdown:

Ingredient Calories Fat Carbs Protein
50 grams massaged kale (about 1 cup) 25 5 0 2
50 grams cucumber (about 1/4 cup) 8 2 0 .5
50 grams carrots (about 4 baby) 20 5 0 0
50 grams red bell peppers (about 1/4 cup) 16 3 0 0
50 grams yellow bell peppers (about 1/4 cup) 14 3 0 1
50 grams celery (about 1 large stalk) 8 2 0 1
6 cherry tomatoes 14 0 3 0
6 grapes 21 0 6 0
50 grams red cabbage 16 0 4 1
Trader Joe's marinated tofu (1 piece) 160 9 4 16
100 grams diced roasted sweet potato (about 3/4 cup) 90 .2 20.8 2
1/2 cup cooked quinoa 111 2 20 4
1/4 cup chickpeas 65 1 11 4
1/2 avocado 117 11 6 1
1 tbsp salted sunflower seeds 99 9 4 3
2 tbsp Goddess Dressing 120 12 2 2
Total: 904 64.2 80.8 37.5

I couldn't believe it. 904 calories? And that's not even counting the oil I used to roast the diced sweet potatoes. Or the handful of sunflower seeds I crunched on while measuring a tablespoon for my salad. No wonder I was gaining weight! I was practically eating two meals in one sitting.

I know all the hacks to make a salad healthy, but I was making the mistake of simply putting too much into my bowl. This just proves that eyeballing isn't the best tactic, even if you're eating healthy foods. My lunch was definitely packed with nutritious ingredients, but it was way too packed.

The Fix

Knowing is half the battle, so now that I knew why I was gaining weight, I could do something about it. I continued to use MyFitnessPal and my food scale, and I just cut some of the ingredients down. In fact, I cut a few out completely. I skipped the quinoa and red pepper, used 1/4 of an avocado, one tablespoon of a lower-calorie dressing, and half the amount of sweet potatoes. I was able to get my salad bowl to just under 500 calories. Since I do intermittent fasting and only eat from noon until 7 p.m. each day, I was happy with this amount.

Learn from my mistake and take this into consideration when meal prepping all your meals and snacks. Measure out your ingredients so you know exactly how much your daily food is adding up to. If you're struggling to lose weight, this could be the one simple thing that pushes the needle!

Bread Gets a Bad Reputation, but We Asked Dietitians For the Facts

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Bread Gets a Bad Reputation, but We Asked Dietitians For the Facts

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Fad diets have made us fear bread, but is that because it's actually unhealthy or have we been misguided? With so many different types of bread to choose from, it can be hard to know what you're actually putting into your body. But let's face it, no nose can ignore the aroma of a freshly baked loaf. And from tomato and mozzarella to classic grilled chicken, sandwiches serve as a vehicle for nearly all food groups. We asked dietitians for the facts behind bread's intimidating influence. Here's what they said.

What types of bread are unhealthy?

"When you eat white bread, it's kind of like you're eating sugar," said Paige Whitmire, RD, LDN, a dietitian at One on One Fitness Consultants. "It doesn't have any protein or fiber, so it's digested and absorbed really quickly, and it spikes and crashes our blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes and weight gain."

In the process of making white bread, the grain is stripped of its most nutrient-rich layers, one of which is its outer shell called bran, explained Monica Auslander, MS, RD, LDN, the founder of Essence Nutrition. "What happens is we strip away that outer bran, that beautiful shell that has all of the vitamins and fiber, and we add them synthetically back in to create what's called enriched flour." Removing portions of the grain increases its shelf life, Auslander explained.

What types of bread should I be eating?

"You always want to choose whole-grain and whole-wheat bread because they have more fiber, protein, and vitamins and minerals than white breads do," Whitmire said. Whole grains have the nutrient-dense layers that refined grains are stripped of, providing the protein and fiber the body needs to stabilize the blood sugar, she explained. "Every time you choose white bread, you're spiking your blood sugar much more than wheat bread would." Whitmire emphasized rapid spikes and crashes in blood sugar can lead to a number of health problems; diabetes and weight gain are just the beginning.

What should I look for in the supermarket?

Bread labels can trick you, Auslander explained, because if a loaf says whole grain on the front, that could mean a very small portion of the grains are whole but the majority are actually refined.

"If you see multigrain, health nut, healthy grain, or any of that kind of stuff on the front label, that doesn't mean it falls under a whole-wheat or a whole-grain bread category," Whitmire said. "You want to flip it over and always read the ingredient list to make sure the first ingredient is whole-wheat flour or whole-grain flour. If you see white flour or enriched, even if it says enriched whole-wheat flour, it's not a whole-grain or a whole-wheat product. It's essentially a white product."

After you've found the first ingredient is whole-wheat or grain flour, the next thing to look for is the fiber content. Whitmire recommends using three grams of fiber per slice or serving as a baseline. Anything that meets or exceeds that minimum will help slow digestion and keep you feeling full.

Why does my body need bread?

"Carbs are your body's number one fuel source and the only fuel source for your brain," Whitmire said. "That's why when people go on low-carb diets, they feel like crap, they feel tired, and they can't focus." Whitmire explained that without carbohydrates, the body will begin to break down muscle and fat stores for energy, but that leads to a lot of fatigue. "Carbs are way more efficient. It's what your body wants."

Just remember, bread isn't your only option for carbohydrates, said Katie Kissane, MS, RD, owner of NoCo Sports Nutrition and Fitness. Strive for variety by eating oatmeal, quinoa, fruits, and starchy vegetables. "Bread can definitely be a good carbohydrate choice, but I wouldn't necessarily want someone to eat bread as their only carbohydrate source all day."

How much bread is too much?

"People always ask how many slices they can eat in a day," Whitmire said. "It's not 10 slices or two slices. It's just not that straightforward." How much bread or how many carbohydrates you should be consuming is completely dependent on your own health profile, she explained.

"You want to avoid eating too many carbs in one sitting," Whitmire said. "It's about getting the proper portions of carbohydrates spread throughout the day at each meal and each snack but not too much at any one time. So with little bouts of fuel, you use it, get a little bit more, use it, and at no point does it spike your blood sugar or lead to weight gain."

The daily value for carbohydrates as set by the US Food and Drug Administration is 300 grams per day. This is based on a 2,000-calorie diet, meaning your actual requirements will vary based on your calorie needs. The United States Department of Agriculture's MyPlate guidelines say grains should make up about 30 percent of your plate at any given meal, with half of those grains being whole. The guidelines also say half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, which are other sources of carbohydrates.

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I Gave Up Snacking For a Whole Week, and Here's How It Affected My Fitness Levels

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For as long as I can remember, I've been a fan of snacking. I know it's not uncommon for people to enjoy snacking, but my love for noshing exceeds the norm. I could live off of crunchy, salty, or sweet, chewy snacks for the rest of my life, but I realize this does not equal a healthy, balanced diet, so I try my best to snack in moderation.

There isn't anything inherently wrong with snacking. In fact, it can help you maintain a healthy diet, satiate hunger, and satisfy your cravings. But like anything else in life, snacking in excess doesn't lead to anything good. And I found that my love for snacking was getting in the way of eating full, well-rounded meals. I wanted to see what life would be like if I focused solely on healthy meals rather than putting all my attention on snacks. Here's what I learned from refraining from snacking for one whole week.

I Wasn't Really Snacking Because I Was Hungry

This wasn't rocket science to figure out, but it was nonetheless a revelation. I realized I was only reaching for food when I was feeling overwhelmed at work or bored at home. This was hard to realize in the moment, though, because snacking had become such a habit. But once I removed snacking from the equation, I realized I could get make it all the way to my next meal without feeling famished or too hungry to concentrate. I used to think I had to snack in between meals or else I'd collapse in a pile of misery. But that painful hunger never appeared.

I Enjoyed My Meals So Much More

Because I was actually hungry for my meals, I ended up loving every second of them. Food tastes different when you're hungry, and it felt like I was eating in technicolor. It also made social outings much more enjoyable. Showing up to a dinner or birthday party without an appetite prevents you from partaking in all the fun with your friends because you just don't end up eating as much with them. Overall, I found that going into a meal hungry made the whole thing much more worth it.

I Had More Energy For My Workouts

My snacking was surprisingly preventing me from putting out maximum energy in my workouts. It wouldn't necessarily happen every day, but if I spent the afternoon snacking and then went to an evening workout, I noticed that I felt heavy and a bit sluggish. Of course, I didn't really notice this until I gave up snacking and instead went to my workout with a slightly empty belly. I was able to get through my run or HIIT workout with much more power and energy. It felt so good, I decided to give up afternoon snacking for a while and see how my fitness levels improve.

Before You Go on a Juice Cleanse to Lose Weight, Read This Doctor's Warning

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Before You Go on a Juice Cleanse to Lose Weight, Read This Doctor's Warning

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Pizza, cookies, and ice cream have basically been your diet for weeks. If you feel crappy from eating junk food and have also gained a little weight, you may be thinking about going on a juice cleanse to detox the body, jump-start a little weight loss, and inspire a commitment to eating healthier. Dr. Luiza Petre, a board-certified cardiologist with extensive training and experience in healthy diet and weight loss, shares a bit of her expertise on the matter.

Juicing is the process of extracting liquid out of fresh fruits and vegetables, leaving behind most of the healthy fiber and some antioxidants found in the skins and seeds. For instance, the white pulp in an orange provides flavonoids (antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune-system-boosting benefits) that are often left behind. There are fruit-only, veggie-only, and fruit-and-veggie juices. Some people juice their own, while others go the easier route and purchase fresh juices.

Are Juice Cleanses Good For Weight Loss?
One glass of orange juice is equivalent to one can of soda or six teaspoons of sugar.

Luiza says drinking a nutritious fresh-pressed juice can absolutely be beneficial as part of your healthy diet. But limiting your diet to strictly juices for days or even weeks is not the magic solution people are claiming it to be. One metabolic disadvantage of juicing and removing the fiber is that it creates a "high-fructose-loaded syrup," which our body converts from a slow-absorbing carbohydrate into a fast-absorbing one. This triggers an increased insulin response that will only make us hungrier, making it harder to lose weight. For example, one glass of orange juice is equivalent to one can of soda or six teaspoons of sugar. Shocking, right?!

"When people exclude their favorite foods from their diet for a period of time, they tend to reward themselves afterward, which can often lead to overeating," adds Luiza. The vast majority of weight loss during a juicing diet plan is mostly water weight and will probably be gained back again once your everyday eating habits resume.

Plus, juices are by no means calorie-free! Luiza says, "While juicing is probably low-calorie compared to chips and sodas, it is still a very concentrated source of calories. A cup of pineapple is about 83 calories, but a cup of pineapple juice is 120 calories. You might not realize how much sugar you're consuming when you drink fruit juice."

Are There Negative Side Effects to Juice Cleansing For Weight Loss?

One important thing to note is that many juice diets involve consuming no protein at all or, at most, a very small amount, which isn't sufficient for proper body functioning. Your body needs a daily supply of protein intake in order to not lose muscle mass. Individuals can get sick if continued due to lack of fiber and protein. This could also affect older adults who are more susceptible to infections because they may already have lowered protein stores.

Also, although the scale numbers may go down, it's a false sense of weight loss, as most of the weight loss from juicing comes from water and bowel content loss and less likely from fat. Not to mention, buying fresh-presses juices is expensive!

Luiza adds that "when done for 10 days, the empty-calorie intake could send the body into starvation mode, meaning it will try to conserve calories by slowing down your metabolism, resulting in difficulties in losing weight in the long-term. Shocking metabolism more than 72 hours on a low-calorie, almost-no-protein/fat juicing diet can create hunger rebound at the end through increasing ghrelin."

By not providing the body with sufficient protein, you may also lose muscle mass (bye-bye, booty gains!). Immunity, reproduction, and hormonal function are also dependent on metabolic rate and healthy fat and protein intake. Your brain function and skin appearance may also suffer as well.

What's the Difference Sugar-Wise Between Eating Fruit and Drinking Juice?

Since fruit contains fiber, sugar absorption will be delayed, whereas when drinking juice, the sugar "goes on the highway straight into your bloodstream." You'll not only feel a spike from the insulin and then a crash, but note that "it takes three oranges to make one glass of orange juice." That's a whole lot more sugar and more calories, plus you'll feel less satiated. Luiza says it will be better for your health just eating one full fruit.

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