Let me tell you my story. I gained a lot of weight in college (mostly from the fact that I learned how to cook and used a ridiculous amount of really fattening ingredients, compounded by the fact that I was drinking a lot, hardly ever exercised, and was always stressed out). Sound familiar?
After college, I tried counting calories, Weight Watchers, and killing myself at the gym. Nothing worked.
Fast forward a few years and I found myself becoming interested in nutrition and improving my diet with real food. With all of the improvements I've made over the last few years, my weight was dropping ever so slowly. I cut out dairy (one of the hardest things I've ever done!)... no weightloss. I cut out meat... no weightloss. I ate a high protein diet mixed with killer workouts... I did see some weightloss, but it was sporadic and very hard to maintain. I changed to a whole food plant-based diet... no real weightloss. I started drinking green smoothies in the morning... a little weightloss and I definitely felt better, but what I was eating the rest of the day was negating the benefits of the smoothies. Raw food diet... not sustainable for me.
What Works for Me
I didn't see any real weight loss progress until I started incorporating juices into my daily diet.
I don't know about you, but the first place I start seeing weight gain is in my stomach. When I incorporate a few juices a day with small healthy meals and/or snacks I can see a difference in a matter of a week. When I wake up in the morning and can see my stomach getting flatter it's a great thing!
It is my firm belief that we all need to find what works best for each of us... the one thing that is going to trigger your body to start shedding weight may not be the same thing that works for me or someone else. It took me a few years to find that juicing is my key to weight loss, and I plan on keeping fresh juice as a staple in my daily routine.