Why have I put on weight since I started juicing?
Q Why am I putting on weight rather than losing weight since I started juicing, and I am feeling very bloated too?
A You have to remember that fruit juices are very calorically dense so if you are drinking even one fruit juice a day you could be adding 400 calories or so in addition to your usual food consumption. Bottom line, if you take in more calories than you burn your body will store them as fat.
Unless one is trying to add weight intentionally then juices with high fruit content should be taken as a meal replacement, not in addition to your regular meals. I believe green juices or mostly green juices are best anyway unless you’re doing a cleanse that requires fruit juices. Green or mostly green juices can be taken ½ hr or so before a meal or between meals without much concern of weight gain.
As for feeling bloated, it could be the combinations of ingredients in the juice, or it could be that the juice is taken too close to meals. Ideally juice should be taken on an empty stomach because it digests and passes through so quickly. If it is taken before a meal and then solid food is taken too soon, then the juice will not digest properly. If the juice is taken too soon after a meal then it can retard the digestion of that meal so it will sit in the stomach too long and create digestive issues. Either way is not a good outcome.
If your juice combinations are fine and you are taking your juice on an empty stomach then it is probably that your system is adjusting to the newfound nutrition and perhaps cleaning out old foul deposits of matter from your digestive system, organs, and body tissues.
A Food Combining Chart might be helpful in determining which fruit and vegetable combinations would be best for juicing. The chart is only a guideline and I found that I can mix combinations not usually recommended by the chart, but I have been at it for years. Over time your body will clean out and adjust to where it may be able to mix and match to some degree as well.