Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m a serial dieter, I yo-yo and I’m always looking for the next quick fix. I’ve tried a variety of fad diets since I was in my early teens and obviously the fact that I’m still overweight and dieting proves that I’m never 100% successful in what I do. The latest one I gave a whirl was Juice Plus.
Juice Plus is a meal replacement diet that sees you replacing two meals with their shakes, soups or bars which is then accompanied by a meal and two snacks in the day. Unlike most meal replacement diets I’ve tried (and there are a few) you have to give up a rather large selection of foods including dairy and wheat, the products only come in a couple of flavours but they are cheaper; the basic package is £32 a month but will last you longer (you need less powder in your shakes than the recommended serving). Juice Plus also do a range of fruit, veg and berry supplements.
You start the diet by doing a detox. This isn’t necessary but it is highly recommended as it helps prepare your body for the shock of cutting out a lot of tasty food. The detox basically fills the time between ordering your products and receiving them. I did it for one week rather than two and to be honest, the supplied meal plan was pretty tasty; I learnt how to make a homemade kebab from it – YUM!
You then have two shakes, a meal and two snacks during the day. There is a huge list of foods you are allowed and those you really should avoid. You are also allowed two cheats a week, a daddy cheat (big) and a baby treat (small). There are many foods you have to cut out of the diet, the two hardest are wheat and dairy – oh and pork, that was the stabbing blow for the husband. No bread, potatoes, pasta…unless you get gluten-free and even then it is classed as a cheat.
I gave the shakes a try for 3 months which come in either chocolate or vanilla. You can make this up with water (preferred method) or any non-dairy replacement such as coconut milk, hazelnut milk, soy milk, almond milk – all unsweetened. You can then add any fruit or veg to the shakes to give them flavour and make them a little filling. With this being an honest post, I didn’t care for the shakes in the slightest (neither did my husband who did it with me). No matter what I put in it I couldn’t get rid of the fake vanilla taste or the powdery taste from either the vanilla or chocolate. Saying that, I do have a friend who is also doing it who loves the shakes; it really is a personal choice. I know I have had better tasting shakes from other companies but they were a lot more expensive.
Does it work?
Of course it works, all of these meal replacement diets work as they are cutting out the calories while ensuring you get the right balance of nutrients into your body. Will it work for you? Well that is a different question completely.
For me, well for the both of us, the problems started a couple of month in. Yes, when we started it we had so much motivation to stick with it and we saw the weight coming off but after a while the weight was no greater that if we were calorie counting or doing Weight Watchers and we were giving up so many foods we loved to see that loss. Over the 3 months I lost just over a stone and I wasn’t 100% working to the plan but a couple of months down the line and I’m right back where I started.
If you have the willpower, don’t mind the shakes or having to cut things from your diet (including bacon) then this is probably fine for you but it isn’t by any means easy; in fact, it felt harder than the ones I have done previously where you completely replace your meals with packets.
Like I said, Juice Plus does work and some people better than others. When I decided to write this review I asked my Juice Plus rep if I could have a testimonial from her and another customer; both of which have had brilliant success on the plan.
“3 years ago I went onto the injection pill. I have my first boyfriend and thought it would be the safest thing to do(haha) ?. I felt so comfortable in my body I was around a size 8 and felt amazing!
Fast forward to 3 years and I put on over 3 stone went up to a size 14 verging on a size 16 and have never felt so crap before. Was tired constantly, used to sleep all weekend and would never do anything. I had no money was always skint, my hair my skin and my body felt so run down my hair was breaking my skin was breaking out in loads of spots.
I went onto trying slimming world and managed to lose half a stone in 6 weeks I was pretty proud but didn’t satisfy me so I gave that up.
I seen a few of my chums posts about ‘shakes’. I thought how can shakes be healthy for you? Not eating food no way I couldn’t do that. Anyways I done some investigating about it and found this lovely girl Emily graham who asked me if I wanted to try out the products.
I thought to myself what is £32.50 a month? Nothing I would spend £200 a month on my shopping normally so why not just give it a shot. Well first 2 weeks I lost around 6 pounds, I then had my birthday and a few weekends so wasn’t 100% on it.
Sticking to the plan for 6 weeks straight I dropped an amazing 1.5 stone that’s even having a cheat at the weekend ?.
So back to the money situation I put up a status on my page saying I was looking for a part time job – Emily again came back to me and offered me a job with juice plus! It was a £50 fee that I didn’t have !! But yes I took the chance signed up and got on with it.
First 3 weeks into the business I reached 2 promotions and got a bonus of £200 signed up 36 girls and guys to my plan and made an amazing £700!!
I now would never look back at this plan! Am not on the shakes and premium capsules my hair has grown over 4 inches since April my skin is spot free and I never feel tired anymore ! Ive gone from a size 16:14 – 10 ! I love my life and my new lifestyle” – Aimee Smith
“At the age of 10 I was diagnosed as being diabetic type 2 and I found it really hard to deal with. I was put on tablets and diet control to save it from getting any worse.
At the age of 15 I was then told my diabetes had gotten worse and I had to start taking insulin. I would have to take it morning and night and every time I had something to eat to regulate my sugar levels.
I found this even harder to deal with. I started taking my insulin like I I was told to but after a few months I stopped. It was hurting me so much taking it all the time.
I took my insulin on and off for 6 years I know I shouldn’t of done this, but I did. No matter what anyone said to me I wouldn’t listen.
On the 13th January 2015 I started taking my insulin again. I started my Juice Plus journey on 3rd February. Since then my diabetes has been so much more controlled. I have went from taking 6/7 insulin injections a day to just 2.
I’ve just recently been to my diabetic clinic and there so pleased with my results. My average blood sugar has more than halved since I was there in January.
So Juice Plus thank you for saving my life in the long run” – Laura P
If you would like more information on Juice Plus (whether you want to give the plan, the supplements or the opportunity a go) then feel free to drop Aimee Smith a message on Facebook and she’ll be happy to have a chat with you.
Have you given Juice Plus a go? Let me know how you have done or are doing in the comments below.