Liquid diet, as the very name suggests, means going off all solid meals and replacing them with liquid meals. Doctors recommend liquid diets during conditions such as diarrhea, after a surgery involving any part of the digestive system including the mouth and before certain medical procedures. Babies begin consuming food initially in the form of liquids. Long and severe fasts are broken by a liquid diet to help the digestive system cope with the sudden intake of food.
Nowadays especially during the season of monsoon, people are increasingly using liquid diet to quickly lose weight and detoxify their systems. Another trend is to replace a regular diet by a liquid diet to help maintain weight and ensure adequate intake of all essential nutrients. Here, we take a look into how healthy these diets actually are.
Cons of Liquid Diet:
- People having chronic constipation should avoid liquid diets. A liquid diet lacks fibre that is essential for digestion and may lead to constipation.
- If you do decide to go on a liquid diet for more than 3 days, then get a diet plan from your doctor or dietician and stick to it religiously. Carefully monitor your diet, as it is difficult to get all necessary nutrition from liquids alone. The biggest nutrient missed out is dietary fibre. If you must go on a liquid diet, try not straining your soups and juices with a very fine sieve. Allow at least some of the fibre to pass through. Supplements available in the market may be needed to ensure sufficient intake of all necessary nutrients. Read the ingredient label carefully before consuming any product.
Pros of Liquid Diet:
- A liquid diet that lasts for no more than 3 days is beneficial for the body. It helps cleanse the colon and detoxify the system. It removes the build-up of toxins from the internal organs and helps to rejuvenate and refreshes the body from within. Such a liquid diet should contain plenty of fresh vegetable and fruit juices, clear water, coconut water, and soups. A dietician may formulate a liquid diet plan specific to your needs and health status.