The Orange Diet for Weight Loss and Health
In addition to helping prevent colds, the vitamin C in orange juice helps burn fat and convert it into energy instead of storing it in your body.
You already know a lot of the benefits contained in oranges. Of course, you know it’s a citrus fruit that’s packed with vitamin C and helps to stop you getting ill during the winter. But did you know that an orange diet can also help you lose weight and feel much healthier. On top of that, it’s also perfect for the summertime!
Find out more in today’s article.
Why the orange diet?
There are so many benefits of oranges that to name them all we’d run out of space in this article. With their characteristic balance between sweet and acidic flavors, along with a striking and invigorating fragrance, oranges are a highly valued fruit. Not only is it a delicious fruit – it has a lot of benefits for our bodies too.
Do you want to know what the main benefits of eating oranges are? Let’s find out now:
Oranges clean your gums and tongue
In the first place, orange juice can help prevent a dry mouth, treat swollen gums (it’s excellent if you have gingivitis), heal wounds, and favors a good oral health all around. In addition to this, you can also rub the inside of the orange peel on your teeth after you brush them, and even apply the white part to heal any mouth sores.
It fights throat infections
Orange juice helps clear any waste, toxins, and bacteria that accumulate in the throat and, especially, in the area around your tonsils. There’s no need to strain it because the pulp will help wash everything down.
It boosts your immune system
Of course, this is the best-known property of oranges. “Drink your orange juice so you don’t get sick”, your mother probably told you. And, what’s more, she was absolutely right.
All of this is due to the vitamin C that’s contained in the orange. Drinking one glass of juice or eating one fruit a day can stave off the flu, coughs, nasal congestion and more.
It cleanses the intestines
Little by little we’re making our way to the main subject for today’s article, which is our orange diet for weight loss. One of the reasons this fruit is so good for weight loss is because it helps remove all the toxins that build up in your intestines, hence preventing constipation, for example.
However, be careful not to consume too much, however, because you may go to the other extreme and suffer from diarrhea. The important thing is that you get rid of the waste material that “sticks” to the walls of your intestine.
Losing weight with the orange diet
Now, let’s turn to the reason why you’re reading this article: how to lose weight with the orange diet. By the way, there’s no need to spend a month eating only oranges!
All you need to do is drink two liters of orange juice a day (one in the morning on an empty stomach, and the other in the afternoon). Wait half an hour after the first liter before eating breakfast, and wait at least two hours after your lunch before drinking the second liter.
Another essential component of this diet is that the juice must be freshly squeezed. That means you can’t prepare it all in the morning for your afternoon liter. If you use a good juicer it will only take you five minutes to prepare one liter.
Depending on the size of the fruit and how much juice they contain, a liter is about 16 to 18 oranges. Always remember to look out for offers in the supemarkets! And remember, you don’t need to go to the store every day.
Above all, never use orange juice that’s been packaged or bottled, even if it claims to be the most natural product on the planet.
And what else should you be eating?
Obviously, drinking orange juice isn’t enough. In addition, you’ll need to keep a healthy and balanced diet, get exercise, and keep other healthy habits. With respect to food, remember:
- Eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables
- Don’t forget beans
- Eat nuts
- Choose whole flours and raw sugar
- Avoid sweets like desserts and pastries
- Don’t drink soda, coffee, or alcoholic beverages
- And, finally, choose tea over coffee
For exercise, try to work out for half an hour, two to three times a week. You can go for a walk or a bike ride, jog, play with your kids, go dancing, climb the stairs, or swim. There’s no need to sign up for a gym membership!
Finally, regarding healthy habits, remember:
- First and foremost, sleep 8 hours a day (in a row)
- Stop smoking
- Eliminate stress
- Practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, or whatever you prefer
- Reduce pressures and obligations
Other benefits of the orange diet
In addition to losing weight and helping you feel healthier all around, this orange diet will help you to:
- Cleanse the bloodstream
- Improve liver function
- Have better skin
- Heal stomach ulcers
- Prevent or cure infections
- Heal wounds
- Treat pancreatitis
- Improve the production of bile and gastric juices
- Fight constipation
- Improve hemorrhoids
- Cleanse the colon
- Remove mucus
- Strengthen your immune system
- Reinforce kidney health
- Treat cysts, tumors, and ulcers
- Reduce bladder inflammation
To sum up, our orange diet is not a miracle worker, as you need to look after all areas of your life, and make sure you’re eating healthily too. Having said that, it’s a diet that can do wonders for your body, and is well worth trying out!