Celery juice: one of the most popular trends for & # 39; health & # 39; from lately. Fasting: currently one of the greatest things in the world of nutrition.

So can you cross the two? Here's your answer …

fasting

If you don't know, here's a quick run-down (hint: it's not going to go for days without eating). Instead of a typical & # 39; diet & # 39; that determines what you can and cannot eat, the fast approach is more about when you actually eat.

There are two main protocols – one of which is the ever-popular "5: 2". Here you eat five days a week as you normally would, and two days a week only 500 calories of food (FYI – that's not much! The standard energy intake is around 2000 calories a day). The second protocol is "16: 8", where you have an 8-hour eating window every day, where you can eat whatever you want.

In case you're wondering, one of the main reasons people try to fast is to lose weight – but I'm sorry to burst your bubble, it's no more effective than your typical calorie-controlled diet. Although it is still relatively early days, research has linked fasting to other health benefits such as insulin resistance and even brain health – so pay attention to this space.

But fasting is not for everyone (for example, pregnant or breastfeeding women must say goodbye to the idea), so if you are considering jumping on the cart, it is important that you seek medical advice first.

Celery juice

Thanks to the medical medium (FYI) he is not a medical professional everyone kind), health hypies all over the world slurp celery juice as if it is nobody. And with claims that it can do everything from stimulating your metabolism to curing cancer, it is quite tempting to try it.

You can probably guess that I am not a big fan of this trendy new craze. Yes, celery is a super healthy food and is great as part of a balanced diet, but the juice is not a miracle blender. By juicing juice, you leave much of the valuable fiber content behind, so you actually lose nutrients.

The verdict

Can two of today's greatest wellness craze work together? Yes they can. Although you can drink black coffee during your fasting period, unfortunately the same cannot be said for celery juice.

However, like fasting diets do not dictate what you can't and should not eat, no foods (or juices) are forbidden during your eating window – you just have to do the math to find out if the calories in celery juice can fit into your sober calorie restrictions.

A standard cup (250 ml) of celery juice contains 37 calories, but most people drink much more than that, so you will probably consume nearly 100 calories and should include that in your calorie total.

So yes, you can combine the two trends. That said, just because you candoes not mean you should. As I said before, celery juice is not a magic bullet and fasting is not for everyone. So talk to your doctor or dietician to see what is best for you.

Melissa Meier is an online dietician based in Sydney. You can contact her via www.honestnutrition.com.au or on Instagram @honest_nutrition.

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