Juicing and weight loss. Medical doctors, nutritionists, and fitness experts most seem to agree. The fastest route between your current weight and the shedding of those extra pounds is through a field of fruits and vegetables.


But try as you might, an afternoon snack of baby carrots, green bell peppers, and an apple doesn't grab you as much as your favorite candy bar.


That's exactly where power juicing comes in to save your diet. You can receive plenty of fruits and vegetables -- and the all-important nutrients they hold -- as a freshly juiced drink. It has the advantage of keeping you feeling full -- and (now get this!) reducing your craving for that candy bar.


Recently, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a research study dealing with this topic. The study revealed a low metabolic rate was intimately linked to a low consumption of nutrients. Not only that, both of these were associated with a larger waistline.


Now, let's take this one step further. A larger waistline, in time, is a biomarker for an increased risk of developing heart disease. The good news is that all fruits and vegetables trump processed, packaged foods when it comes to weight loss. But if you really want to amp up your efforts, here's a list of the best produce to use in your juices.

  • Apples

  • Broccoli

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Cauliflower

  • Cucumber

  • Grapefruit

  • Lemons

  • Lettuce

  • Mangoes

  • Oranges

  • Pineapples

  • Raspberries

  • Strawberries

  • Spinach

  • Tangerines


Having said all of this, it's time to discover the myriad of nutrients your body requires to achieve your weight loss goals. You may be surprised to learn that "calories in, calories out" is just a small part of successful weight-loss program.


Calcium. It's a sad fact that most of us don't consume enough calcium-rich foods. And you may be surprised at one food that can help you -- and it's not a dairy product. It's broccoli! Calcium plays a vital role in weight loss.


Fiber. An important substance for proper digestion, fiber has the added advantage of fending off hunger pangs for a longer period of time. Not only that, but fiber can help you stave off cravings for sugar. (Pretty miraculous, isn't it?) The problem is that few individuals actually consume enough fiber in a meal to feel these marvelous benefits. How much fiber is necessary? 25 grams.


Beware, though: If your fiber consumption has been woefully deficient (as mine was), you'll want to gradually add fiber to your diet. That way you'll avoid some of the unpleasant side effects of a "fiber overload" on your unsuspecting system. These include intestinal distress, gas, and bloating.


Iron. Believe it or not, nearly 20 percent of the population suffer from iron-deficiency anemia. Symptoms include a general lethargy, lack of motivation to diet or exercise (you just don't have the energy!). Juicing with an abundance of citrus fruits and vegetables can help you conquer this. These foods actually help your body absorb more iron.


Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It's only been in the last 20 years or so the medical community has come to appreciate the role of Omega-3 fatty acids in your health. A deficiency of this good fat leads to a large array of problems, not the least of which is an increased risk of developing heart disease. Additionally, too little of this nutrient contributes to dry skin.


But as a weight loss tool, it's proven invaluable. It helps increase your satiety level. Eating foods containing this fat helps you feel fuller longer.


Vitamin D. Some experts in the medical profession call it a "wonder vitamin." Its ability to help you lose weight is only one reason. It also helps to decrease your risk of a variety of diseases, from diabetes to multiple sclerosis. The best way to acquire it: ultraviolet sunlight. This special spectrum of light converts to vitamin D as it soaks through your skin!


Pantothenic acid. Another member of the B-family of vitamins, this nutrient boosts your metabolism of fat. Research also reveals it is a great tool for weight loss.


Vitamin E. Believe it or not, there's a link between this vitamin and fat metabolism.


Zinc. Recent research reveals that a deficiency in this mineral increases the odds of you possessing a higher level of body fat.