Whether you want to try your hand at biker dating and are looking for that perfect figure, have always wanted to run the marathon but can’t with those extra 15 or 20 pounds, or have genuine health concerns and weight loss is the way to regain your health, a liquid diet might be the right choice for you.
In liquid diets, most or all of your meals are replaced by drinks, and usually include vegetable and fruit juices or shakes taken three or four times a day. Sometimes these diets can be done at home, while in certain cases they require medical supervision. Some liquid diet plans include a liquid breakfast and lunch, while you eat a solid dinner and snack in between.
Below, we discuss the pros and cons of going on a liquid diet, offer a few tips on the right course of action, and propose several alternatives if you’re still not sure about how to proceed.
Absolutely! Any diet that involves consuming fewer calories than you use will result in weight loss. On the other hand, long-lasting results with a liquid diet are questionable because when you drastically reduce your calorie intake, your metabolism slows down to save energy, so unless you change the way you eat it’s likely you’ll regain the lost weight once you go off the diet.
If a liquid diet contains enough calories to ensure a balance of essential nutrients throughout the day, then it’s not harmful to your health provided you don’t have any chronic conditions. Those essential nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. However, in many cases, a liquid diet lacks some of these nutrients because it’s very low in calories (400-800 calories), and should be conducted under medical supervision.
If you’re not sure whether your liquid diet fulfills all the dietary requirements, check with your doctor or look for signs of insufficiency of certain nutrients, such as fatigue, dizziness or hair loss. Also, if your diet lacks fibre from not eating whole grains it can lead to constipation.
Medical professionals often recommend liquid diets before certain procedures or to people who are obese and need to get to a safer weight before any other steps are taken.
First of all, talk to your doctor to see if a liquid diet is a right choice for you. Women who are pregnant or nursing, people with chronic illnesses or those who suffer from diabetes and take insulin should not go on a liquid diet. Second of all, if your doctor says you’d be a good candidate to lose weight this way, talk to a dietitian to make sure you get enough calories on a daily basis. A dietitian might recommend that you take vitamins or nutritional supplements if you go on a liquid diet.
A liquid diet comes down to two simple choices – you either make the drinks yourself or go for a commercial diet. If you opt for the latter, read the label carefully to see the nutritional value of the drinks and remember that commercial products contain an unnecessary amount of sugar in many cases. Also, another option is to pick a diet that is not so low in calories and allows you to have a meal or two per day.
This way you’ll lose weight gradually, and develop healthier eating habits which can help you keep the excess weight off once you stop dieting.
If a full-blown liquid diet is too much for you at the moment, luckily there are viable alternatives that might do the trick. For instance, you can go on a short-term detox diet using cleansers, such as juices or drinks made from herbs that are aimed at removing the toxins from your body. You can try long-term water fasting by picking one day a week when you’d only drink water, and lots of it, for 24 hours.
These are not your typical diets but might prove effective if you’re not so eager to exclude solid foods from the table.
Stephanie Hill is the Chief Editor of Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Stephanie provides personal advice on the latest health news and recommendations on health related issues and products.
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