How Healthy is a Liquid Diet?

A general rule in life is this: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” and this holds true for many liquid diets. Achieving a healthy liquid diet is a difficult thing to do and should only be attempted under the supervision of your doctor. Yes, it is true you can lose a good amount weight quickly with a liquid diet; however, you will most likely be missing out on a great deal of nutrients your body needs to properly function.

What Is a  Liquid Diet?

A liquid diet is pretty much self explanatory; it is a diet whereby all, or nearly all, you ingest is in a liquid form. Some liquid diets are strictly nothing but liquids, while others include a very limited amount and type of solid foods. The liquid-only versions usually use shakes as complete meal replacements, and that is all you would drink throughout your day. Some replace only certain meals with those shakes, and allow you to eat one meal of actual food per day.

These are designed to severely limit the amount of calories you take in per day, sometimes as low as 600-800 a day. Because you are taking in so very few calories, your body will rely on its stores of energy, usually fat cells, and this will cause you to lose weight very rapidly.

How Do You Start One?

There are over-the-counter varieties where you can ‘do-it-yourself,’ but these are really not recommended as a complete liquid diet replacement plan. Most of the time, you will replace breakfast and lunch with one of the shakes and eat a healthy dinner. In severe situations, sometimes you may be prescribed an all-liquid diet from your doctor and that is the only time, really, you should even consider an all-liquid diet.

What Are the Dangers of an All-Liquid Diet?

First off, your body needs a certain amount of energy, or calories, to function properly as well as nutrients and minerals. With some liquid diets, you just won’t get all of the needed nutrients needed for proper functioning of your body and that can be a very bad thing. Without these nutrients you can suffer from any or all of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Hair Loss
  • Gallstones
  • Heart Damage
  • Loss of Clarity

An all-liquid diet should only be done under close supervision of your doctor.

What Is a Healthy Liquid Diet?

Research has shown than, while an all liquid diet can generate rapid weight loss, it is not a sustainable method for continued weight loss. Studies have shown that a liquid diet combining actual food, the healthy variety, has a better chance of being used in the long term for continued weight loss.

In the end, what is the point of a rapid weight loss diet if you are unable to sustain it over the long term? A liquid diet is a great way to lose weight, but the healthy and safe way to accomplish this task has to include healthy eating habits to safely lose the weight and keep it off for good.


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