Liquid Diets Personal Experiences

I personally have tried juice fasting twice. The first time, it wasnt much to speak of. I wasn’t getting what I needed to maintain balance in my nutrition. I was drinking water and orange juice, taking a multivitamin and very sparingly (only cause I always had) took fiber, usually from psyllium seed husk powder, like Metamucil or I’d get it from gas station fiber bars, making sure to get the ones with 8+ grams per bar.
I thought I was getting the essentials. Less than one week into my diet, i knew it was doomed. Self control seemed impossible…I craved everything I saw…it was frustrating forray into futility for sure as I lost 1 pound after 9 days when I gave in. It occured to me that if I’m hungry during a diet, the diet is already ill fated. Being hungry, eating bad tasting “food”, constant cravings…I focused on the bad parts common to dieting as an indicator my diet was going to be effective. I was also taking liquid diets to far in that I felt the most important part is to not eat solids…Well, as it turns out, even a meal replacement shake is considered liquid dieting. There is little benefit from consuming only liquids in any diet unless there is a specific medical reason. I was under the impression too that drinking lots and lots of fluids would “cleanse me.” As far as real cleansing, too much liquid can actually prevent our cleansing organs (the liver and kideys namely) from functioning properly. Too much of any fluid be it fruit juice, vegetable juice, pop, soup…even milk and our body cells start to swell up with like a cactus hording rainwater. This creates internal cellular pressure and limits the effectiveness of most of the bodies organ(s)
It can even lead to hydrocephalus if taken to the extreme. No one should ever consume a gallon of fluids in the same day..basically it is mostly pointless and a little dangerous.
The general rule of thumb I discovered is to drink when thirsty…yes, this is what many if not most nutritionists go to school to learn. Many of you have heard the 8 glasses of water rule…well, there is a lot wrong with that…A. A glass is not a measurement (My drinking glasses are huge) 9 glasses would be almost 300 ounces. Also, people are different sizes and retain water at different rates. By paying close attention to your body, you’ll feel thirsty when you need water and when you dont, well, do whatever!
If one were to replace their favorite “junk food” (eaten +/- on a daily basis), lets say a cheeseburger with a glass of tomato juice once a day. The benefits, effectiveness and ease of weight loss can be great!
The ritual is altered but with a little imagination can stay the same, same time same place, same hunger, different food choice.
So dont be shy, let us know your experiences with liquid diets…If you had a bad one, what did you learn? If your experience was good, what did you learn?

3 comments

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  2. Ami says:

    I had done a liquid diet for month or so…but the issue was i had no provision to have liquid (fresh juices) at my workplace..so i wud take salad in bkfst..soup for lunch n max 2 glasses of juice in a day with plenty water…i lost a couple of inches too soon… i did shed 5 kgs… but not takin care wht my body needed let me to less immunity and my malaria attack went serious..i liked it that u gave importance to what ur body needs are… it was good to know thers experiences….

    • admin says:

      Thanks for telling us about your liquid diet experience Ami. A good thermos (most will keep stuff cool too!) will keep juice or other liquids fresh for a while. Other things you can do to keep it fresh is pull the juice from the back of the shelf in the store if you buy it (to get the one with the later expiration). If you make it yourself, adding lemon juice will help it stay fresh as lemon juice is a natural preservative.
      However, unless it was for a medical reason, it is not recommended to undergo a full liquid diet, so im glad you ate those salads. Solid foods will help you feel full and ones with fiber especially!
      It helps to take a multivitamin, exercise and make sure you’re getting protein, fiber and at least a little fat (poly or mono unsaturated is best)
      Liquid diets can be very low calorie, it is important to monitor your intake. For an average height/weight 500 calories is the absolute minimum and around 1000 is ideal. If you dont have enough energy, HTP hydrolysis will not occur properly also, your body heat may drop if your cells dont have what they need to produce it (sending protons across the proton gradient is a body process which is what warms our blood) All in all, if you have a medical condition, especially one as serious as malaria, you should wait. Always consult a doctor, he/she’d tell you the same!
      I’m glad you lost weight, (11 lbs) but why too soon?

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