A liquid diet is not something one should undertake without checking in with a health care practitioner. Liquid diets can be very beneficial if done on a short term basis (and under supervision), and not so beneficial if done long therm, or in a haphazard way. People who should not consider doing a liquid diet are women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and people who have diabetes. If you think you would like to try a liquid diet, the first thing you should decide is what the purpose is for you, and secondly… have a plan.
If you are undertaking a liquid diet (i.e. fasting) as part of an internal cleanse, you will want to ease into it gradually a few days before by eating smaller meals and eliminating animal protein and processed foods. Then, ease out of it gradually by adding one vegetarian meal (preferably lunch) the first day, two vegetarian meals (lunch and dinner) the second day and so forth, until, by the end of the fourth day, you have established a normal meal plan.
If you are healthy, you can use a liquid diet as part of a cleanse anywhere from 3 to 7 days safely. If you do it properly, a cleanse that includes a clear liquid diet can help your body to eliminate toxins fairly quickly. Some people like to do these kind of diets a couple of times a year.
Benefits of a Liquid Diet
The benefits of a clear liquid diet include giving your digestive system a rest, eliminating toxins, giving your energy a boost, and you’ll probably notice that you are thinking more clearly. When your body doesn’t have food to digest, the elimination of toxins can speed ups. The one catch is that you have to give it a few days. Most people feel a bit of discomfort when they start, but then notice an increase in their well-being after 2 or 3 days.
Reasons to Consider a Liquid Diet
A liquid protein diet is something you might consider if you are at all hypoglycemic. The protein will help balance your blood sugar and will have the same cleansing effects as the clear liquid diet. You can use soy, egg, whey, or rice protein powder and mix it with vegetable juice, water, rice, soy, or almond milk.
Also consider a liquid protein diet if your goal is gradual weight loss. For instance, you can have a well-balance protein drink to replace breakfast and/or dinner. If you are replacing more than one meal a day with a liquid diet over a period of time, you need to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs along with enough calories so that you don’t lose lean muscle mass.
With weight loss, you always want to keep in mind that the weight loss will only be permanent if you go slow and work on changing the lifestyle habits that contributed to the weight gain in the first place.