The connection between juicing recipes for weight loss (or weight gain) has long intrigued me and I know some of you have had the same questions in your mind, too. So, before anything else, let me tell you this:
Juicing for weight loss is effective!
As a matter of fact, one study’s results pointed to an almost 2kg weight loss after just 3 days of being on a juice diet.
Per the same study, alongside the weight loss also came better BMI (body mass index) scores and gut health. This is partly because of the myriad of compounds found in fruits and vegetables that sort of act like pseudo-prebiotics.
Another reason for the rapid weight loss is the caloric insufficiency that you get from only having juice — no solid food, no other liquids, nothing.
I personally don’t recommend this juice-only diet over incorporating juices into your everyday life because I think it’s risky and less sustainable. But, if you want to do that, please make sure to consult your doctor first so you can get it done safely.
Before you get to juicing, you’re going to need a few things:
I’m using Hamilton Beach’s Juicer with a 3-inch feed chute. It’s relatively affordable compared to a lot of what’s out there, so it fit my budget when I needed it. The feed tube is wide enough to fit most fruits, too. And, if whatever fruit I’m trying to juice is too big, cutting it up easily solves that problem anyway.
Otherwise known as a citrus squeezer, lemon/lime press juicer, and whatever else people call it nowadays. It doesn’t matter because they all do the same thing: squeeze the heck out citrus fruits.
A lot of the recipes below and basically everywhere on the internet involves juicing a citrus fruit, most commonly lemon and lime. So, although you don’t need to have it, it’s actually quite the helpful tool.
I’m using Zulay’s product because, again, it’s cost-effective. Plus, it’s durable and one of the highest rated citrus squeezers on Amazon.
First of all, the difference between using the juicer or the blender is that juicing separates the liquid from the fiber while blending processes everything (including fiber). In terms of end-product, the juicer makes for a more watery drink while the blender, because it still has fiber, will get you a significantly thicker product.
Now, the recipes I listed below will mostly have you use your juicer but there’s a couple in there that call for the blender.
If you don’t already have a blender at home, I recommend the Ninja Countertop Blender. It’s powerful and comes with 2 blender cups that you can use to make single-serving juices and smoothies. It’s a bit expensive to some other brands though but I think it’s worth it.
And, without further ado, here are some of the best juicing recipes for weight loss that taste good:
1. Fat-burning watermelon juice
Clearly, the star of this recipe from The Spruce Eats is watermelon but it also includes a few other nutrient-dense vegetables including beets, celery, and carrots.
Watermelons and beets, in particular, both have high water contents. Per research, these kinds of water-rich fruits and vegetables are effective at managing body weight.
Plus, the fact that they all — including celery and carrots — have relatively low calories makes this drink super easy to slip into your everyday meal plans.
2. Dr. Oz’s green drink juice
If you know who Dr. Oz is, you know he’s an actual doctor but you’re also probably still skeptical about anything that has his name on it.
BUT! Trust me, this green juice is healthy and it’s got weight loss benefits, too.
I found this recipe at JuiceRecipes and they say both Dr. Oz and Oprah drink this every morning. You’re going to need apples, lime, lemon, ginger, cucumber, celery, parsley, and spinach. Throw ‘em all in your juicer, give it a few shakes, and you’re good to go.
Green vegetables have a compound called thylakoids which have been observed to have weight loss benefits. Spinach, for example, can reduce hunger and cravings for over 2 hours while also reducing the amount of calories you eat.
3. High fiber, low calorie celery juice
All of the juices I’ve told you about so far have celery in them — and that’s because it’s simply one of the best weight loss vegetables in the world. It doesn’t matter if you have it as a snack, as an appetizer, or even as a part of your main meals, it’s still going to help you lose weight.
The reason is that the vegetable is mostly water and fiber (per the Mayo Clinic) which means it also has very few calories. But even though it’s mostly water, it still packs a lot of antioxidants. A study even goes as far as to say that celery is one of the most vital sources of phytochemicals that fight oxidative stress. That’s not just healthy, that’s great for weight loss, too!
Anyhow, check out this recipe from FoodViva(.com). Don’t worry, it also has apple and lemon or lime to add flavor.
4. Carrot juice for weight loss recipe
First of all, even though it’s called carrot juice, it’s not just carrots and water. This recipe from Cultured Palate also has cabbage, cucumber, and ginger.
Before we get to the secondary ingredients though, let’s point our crosshairs at carrots. It’s astonishing how much nutrients this orange root vegetable has with such few calories (just over 50 kcal per cup). That alone makes it great for weight loss. What makes it great for juicing though, is that it’s delicious. It’s actually one of the few vegetables I can tolerate raw.
Cabbage, cucumber, ang ginger also have their own sets of micronutrients that help with weight loss. Ginger, for example, has a lot of studies supporting its use in weight loss programs.
5. Refreshing cucumber and lemon juice
Imagine you’re out on a hot summer day. You’re sweaty, you’re tired, and you’re thirsty. On your walk home, you see someone in the neighborhood selling this exact same juice. The pitcher is sweating from all the ice and you just know there’s a lemon wedge sitting at the top of a glass waiting to be squeezed.
Tell me you won’t buy at least 1 glass. I think the refreshing combination of cucumber and lemon on a sunny day is nearly impossible to resist.
Not only that, cucumbers and lemons don’t have a lot of calories, so they make great drinks when you’re trying to lose weight.
Catch the full recipe at Yummy Indian Kitchen.
6. Miraculous weight loss drink
That’s exactly what Keyingredient(.com) calls this, so just go with it.
Anyhow, it mixes unsweetened cranberry juice, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice, ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg with water. So, really, I think what’s most miraculous about this recipe is that it’s delicious.
What I mean by that is although all these ingredients all have their own benefits, none of them really stand out as weight loss foods. (Except ginger. Ginger is great for weight loss!)
They are, however, low calorie ingredients. Combine that with its tastiness and I think this “miraculous” weight loss drink makes for a weight-friendly replacement for sugary drinks.
7. Pineapple and ginger cleansing juice
Remember what I said about ginger being amazing for your weight? Well, that’s partly why I think this juice from The Harvest Kitchen is one of the best juicing recipes online.
The other reasons are pineapple, turmeric, and lime.
Per study, pineapple juice looks capable of boosting the way your body burns fat. Turmeric, on the other hand, contains curcumin — a compound that’s making waves in the fitness industry for its benefits on weight loss, BMI, and hunger. Lime really just adds flavor and nutrients to round out the drink.
8. Pomegranate, lemon, and ginger detox juice
This recipe from Amazingly Tasty is really simple. Deseed a whole pomegranate, throw those seeds in a blender along with peeled lemon, a thick slice of ginger, and water, pour the blend through a strainer and into a glass, and voila! Your juice is done!
Apart from being simple though, I think it’s one of the best examples of why juicing for weight loss works.
Researchers observed high levels of antioxidants and other compounds in pomegranate which may have been linked to how the fruit helps people lose weight.
More than though, pomegranate has an amazing sour but sort of sweet flavor to it. And, actually, I’d use those same adjectives to describe lemons. Especially with ice and ginger, just the taste of this juice makes it easier to abandon soda and other high calorie drinks.
9. Mango, banana, and edamame juice for weight loss
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this recipe from Simple-Life, Inc was how weird a combination of soybeans, mango, and banana is — and I kind of still think that way today.
But, to be honest, it’s not as bad as I thought. Rather, it’s actually not bad at all. Aside from the flavor though, the ingredients in the juice are just amazing for your health.
A cup of edamame has around 18-19g of protein, making it one of the best plant-based sources of protein in the world. Considering the amount used in the recipe, it’s not a lot of calories either. The same thing about calories can be said about mango and bananas.
Plus, since you’ll be using a blender instead of a juicer, your juice will retain the fiber in these ingredients. This might make it a little harder for your digestive system to absorb the nutrients (which it has a lot of, by the way) but the fiber will help keep you full.
10. Beet, carrot, and apple juice recipe
This last one comes from Verywell Fit and, obviously, the main highlights of this recipe are beets, carrots, and apples.
Beetroot juices have been observed to amplify physical performance — a benefit that you can take advantage of when you exercise so you can burn more calories and therefore lose weight faster.
When it comes to apples, the recipe calls for green apples but Tufts University says the difference between green and red is actually minimal. In this case, I suppose you can use red apples as well. It probably all comes down to preference. If you want sour juice, go with green. But if you want it sweeter, red apples should work just fine. They both have similar macro and micronutrients anyway.
And there you have it — some of the most amazing and effective juicing recipes for weight loss that taste good. Before I leave you though, hear me out.
If you plan on replacing all your meals with juice for an extended period of time, I highly recommend you consult your doctor before you proceed. While nutritious and effective for losing weight, this method puts you at a near-extreme caloric deficit and it might not be your choice, particularly if you have underlying conditions.
Now, if you plan on incorporating juice to an existing well-balanced diet, that I give my two thumbs up. I think this way is safer for most people and therefore more sustainable.
Whatever path you choose to go with though, I only wish you well.
Have fun juicing! And make sure to tell your friends about us!