HARRISONBURG, Va -- The juicing craze known as "Reboot Your Life" started with a man named Joe Cross. He's the star of the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” which chronicles his 60-day journey of drinking only green juice, curing himself of disease and losing 82 pounds.
Recently, WHSV reporter Jazmin Bailey set out to learn what juicing could do for an average person.
“I don't want to lose 10 pounds. If I lose a couple, I'll be fine,” said Julia Brockman, a participant in the juicing experiment.
At 5 feet 7 inches tall and 127 pounds, Brockman was not struggling with her weight.
Stacy Kennedy, a nutritionist familiar with the vegetable and fruit juice diets known as "reboots", said they can offer more than just weight loss.
“You can boost your energy, and feel good, and experience what it feels like to really focus on a healthy diet and see that you can do it,” said Kennedy.
There are thousands of people who have tried reboots for three, 10 and even 30 days at a time.
Brockman tried the diet for five days, but the process went beyond the days she drank juice. Four days prior, she cut out all dairy and all meat from her diet. She loved frozen meals for lunch, but those had to go too.
One of Julia's new lunches, “green lemonade,” contained apple, cucumber and other fresh produce. Her new breakfasts and dinners contained similar ingredients.
By the end the first day, Brockman noticed a difference in how she felt.
"I've had a dull headache almost the whole day and I think it must be because I'm not eating as much as I usually do," said Brockman.
By dinner on the second day, she had four more juices, but it was not enough.
“I went to the gym earlier today, I didn't get to do too much. I felt kind of weak."
On day three or four, Kennedy said most people experience a change in the way they feel. Brockman said she didn't feel that change but still felt “pretty good”.
By day five, the reboot was over and according to Brockman, that was the best part. As for the worst part, she said that happened early in the diet.
“The low point was day one into day two. The juices I had around that time were disgusting. They were brown, they tasted like onion. I was also missing having food."
Dietitians, like Dr. Jeremy Akers, said the cravings, headaches and loss of energy are all signs that reboots do not give your body what it needs.
“It's kind of like your car. If you don't have the appropriate oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, if you don't have all those components together, your car doesn't work very effectively,” said Akers.
Akers also said Brockman had a toxic level of vitamin A in her body which could explain the headaches she experienced. He also found that she was deficient in other nutrients, like protein, which he said could lead to muscle loss and cause her metabolism to slow down.
Kennedy disagreed with those findings. According to her, deficiencies cannot develop in five days.
So is it beneficial for you?
That is a question every dieter will have to answer for themselves, but when it comes to weight loss, Brockman said she did drop a few pounds and apparently, a second attempt may be in the works.
“I lost a pound, like everyday," said Brockman. "I think I'd do it again."
If you would like to try a reboot, visit the website below for more information and list of recipes:
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