As the name suggests, the Liquid diet is truly a diet based only on liquids and fluids. Well, we are not saying that you need to avoid solid food completely, but yes most of your calories are derived through liquids recipes. While Some liquid diets are limited to fruit juices or vegetable juices, or different shakes, replacing all of your meals at once, taken three or four times a day there are others that need medical supervision.
Liquid diets are prescribed in some special conditions like dehydration, food intolerance, post surgery (during convalescence period) etc.
There are types like clear liquids, full liquids etc. based on the consistency of the liquid. Clear liquids are most easy to digest but provide least calories and other nutrients.
A liquid diet is quite a tricky one to follow. It is not always that you receive all your important nutrients through liquid diets and hence the option for a medical help should be at your disposal all the time, when you are following a liquid diet. While few of the diet plans are to replace all of the meals completely with liquids like juices and shakes, there are others that replace only a couple of meals with liquids and then you have a filling dinner or lunch.
Liquid diets are often prescribed for weight loss and can work like any normal diet that gives you lesser calories than you use. But the results may not be long lasting. When you drastically cut down on your calories, your metabolism slows down to save all the energy it can. Unless you change your eating habits, you are very likely to regain the weight you lost, once you take yourself off the diet.
Certain of the liquid diets work better over a longer term than the others. Diets including both solid food and liquids can help overweight people to control the number of calories they eat and help them to keep the weight off for several years to come.
Liquid diets, although cover all of the important nutrient consumptions, if followed over prolonged periods, they have been said to cause diseases like gallstones, dizziness, hair loss, heart troubles amongst a few other dangerous symptoms. Well of course, going on a diet surely has it’s own side effects and the consultation of your family physician is a must and be sure to keep his number handy, in case of an emergency, if you plan to go on a liquid diet.