Liquid Diets for Weight Loss

Liquid diets are popular because they are convenient to use. Over one billion dollars is spent annually on liquid diet products. There are two types of liquid diets. The low calorie liquid diet should be taken only under strict medical supervision. It provides about 400-800 calories a day, usually in the form of high protein shake.

This diet is for seriously obese people who need to lose a lot of weight in short order. A drink or shake replaces one or two whole meals with liquids. All dieters should consult with a physician before starting a liquid diet.

How Liquid Diets Work

On the plus side, low calorie liquid diets cause the body to burn fat and lose 3-4 pounds a week. Successful liquid diet programs include:

It includes an exercise program of 30 minutes per day, six days a week. Support groups help dieters by promoting long-term dietary change, exercise, and behavioral modification. The problem with all diets is not losing weight but keeping it off. Nearly 95% of people who diet stop dieting, go back to their old eating habits and regain weight. This is known as the yo-yo effect.

People on medically supervised liquid diets see results after a few weeks of dieting. Their electrocardiograms and blood tests showed a reduction in their blood lipids, blood sugars, and blood pressure. Adherence to liquid diets is reinforced by having their weight checked by a physician or other health care provider on a regular basis. Well disciplined people generally lose weight because they are highly motivated. The more obese the person is the more weight is lost.

Harmful Consequences

People who are only mildly obese lose too much lean body mass which increases their chance of developing cardiac problems. Liquid protein diets have been associated with cardiac arrhythmias. Diabetics are at risk on unsupervised liquid diets because their blood sugar levels may fluctuate dramatically. Individuals with cardiac problems or high blood pressure should avoid liquid diets as most contain 500 mg of sodium per day.

There are numerous liquid diet products out there and most are touted as the best available. These claims are rarely backed by scientific evidence. Advertising companies do not provide information concerning the dieter dropout rate, the regaining of weight, and the risks associated with the liquid diet program. They do not tell you, for instance, that liquid diets provide only 36% of the recommended daily amount of fiber, only 18 of 23 amino acids, and sometimes lack the vitamins and minerals required for good health. Without these, the body is more susceptible to disease and infection. Eventually, liquid diets can lead to muscle cramps, anemia, dizziness, menstrual abnormality and constipation.


7 Responses to Liquid Diets for Weight Loss

  1. I would like to try to loss weight with liquid diet and see how it works for me and so i would like some info on how to get started please thank you

  2. At esthervt@yahoo.com says:

    Then do the darn research, don't make someone else do the job for you. It just shows how lazy you are to tap a few more keys! God! let me guess, you're one of the obese lazy Americans, do us all a favor and learn to do things for yourself.

  3. christina says:

    yea i have to be on aliquid diet for two days for my colonasphy and drink some nasy stuff eww its worth it

  4. christina says:

    yea but ive already lost 8 pounds for internal cleansing system cvs pharmacy 20 bucks wow it works before my doc gave me phentermine i lost 40 pounds two months ask yo doc

  5. christina says:

    oh ok im give some info chicken broth boulion and jello applesauce and you can have lollies and other sugar free hard candy

  6. Mike Miller says:

    I was in a Lapband program last year. I had a reaction to the lap and and it had to be removed. During the process leading up to the surgery and the two weeks in the hospital I lost 50lbs. Which I have now gained back.

    I woul like to try the liquid diet once again to jump start a weight loss and exercise program.
    Is this a feasible idea. I am currently at 300 lbs.

  7. marjorie says:

    I way 66Kg my weight should be 50Kg's how do i loose this. i dont have time to exercise i am so depressed at the moment i have tried everything.

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