A liquid diet or diet consisting entirely of food in liquid form is a good idea for very short-term weight loss or for cleansing the digestive tract. Whether you have a big event coming up you will get a start on a more traditional diet or you just want to drop a few pounds quickly using a liquid diet at the right time with the right food and attention to nutrition and health problems that may occur you can be on your way to a slimmer sleeker body
When to Use
While liquid diets are mainly used before and after surgery some may find them useful as extremely short term (3 to 4 days) weight loss measures. In this short period you can expect to lose 3-7 pounds but remember that it is easy to put the weight back on this type of diet if you are not diligent afterwards. It’s a good idea to talk to a doctor when you are thinking of going on a liquid diet and if you are about to undergo surgery that usually requires a liquid diet your doctor may take it up anyway.
Bariatric operations are the most common that calls for a liquid diet but people undergoing procedures such as a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy can take advantage of a liquid diet.
In some cases extreme obesity is treated with an all liquid diet.
A completely liquid diet may have a somewhat limited menu. Here are some liquid foods that are acceptable on a full liquid diet: all fruit juices and nectars vegetable juice fruit punch honey jam syrup yogurt (plain and frozen) plain soups milkshakes pasteurized eggnog cornstarch pudding gelatin desserts strained cooked cereal smooth ice cream soft drinks fruit and pur¨|er.
Most forms of soup are acceptable just make sure there are no vegetables meat chunks or other solids in the soup. And of course drink plenty of water.
Nutrition and health
All liquid diets are not without their drawbacks one of which is the hard you can run into trying to fulfill your daily health requirements on an all liquid diet. Protein and other health shakes are a good way to get the nutrients you need such as vitamin supplements. Juice is great for energy and nutrition just make sure it is not enhanced” with extra sugar or calories. Liquid broth can provide a source of protein which is non-fat milk.”