Your Body on a Juice Cleanse Spoiler alert: With only a few fleeting benefits* —and nothing that will lower your disease risk—the liquid lifestyle is looking pretty lackluster. Some crazy things happen when you drastically cut calories, fat, and protein.
◘ Mood Swings: Without the carbohydrates, fat, and protein your body needs to make the neurotransmitters that keep you even-keeled, anticipate some irritability.
◘ Muscle Shrinkage: Your body doesn’t know it’s missing out on protein and will metabolize it as normal—by taking it from your muscles. A week long cleanse can cause significant muscle loss
◘ Weight Loss: You can expect to lose several pounds of water weight. You’ll gain it right back post-cleanse.
◘ Energy Drain: You’ve drastically cut back on calories, but your body doesn’t stop burning them, so you may feel weak.
◘ *Potential Heart Perks: Fasting for a few days may lower blood sugar, improve insulin function, and reduce blood pressure, but results last a few weeks at most.
◘ Tummy Trouble: Fruit-heavy fluids can pack a ton of sorbitol, a type of sugar alcohol that pulls water into your intestine, causing a laxative effect, dehydrating you and giving you diarrhea.