Pros and Cons of Liquid Diets

There are several pros and cons of most liquid diet weight loss plans. They are more or less obvious.  There are a lot of pros and cons of liquid diet weight loss that are not inherent of the fact the diet is liquid…like ultra low calories.

Pros:

  • A liquid diet for weight loss is a great way to simplify your diet.
  • Having liquids where you would normally have solids can help develop better self control and discipline upon returning to a normal diet.
  • You will more than likely get more water in your diet which many people neglect.
  • Some people find ways to make getting meals in liquid form ultimately reduce hunger, probably due to adding a fiber suplement which often results in more fiber than a solid diet.
  • Nutrition is easier to measure

Cons:

  • There is a tendancy to not get enough fiber or protein in a liquid diet.  This can be easily remedied by adding some fiber drink (mix, like metamucil) or a protein shake.
  • The satisfaction you get from eating comes largely from chewing.  The action of chewing contributes to satiation, so chewing gum can help fill this gap.
  • Liquid diets will cause liquid levels to fluctuate more so than solid mass levels in the body.  This could be considered a pro as many people need to lose weight as a technicality (for a sport, weight class, etc.)  Fat loss is comes easy with exercise though.
  • Lack of solid foods, particularly dietary and non soluble fiber.  This of course can be easily remedied by adding a fiber suppliment.  I use kroger brand psyllium seed husk fiber laxative.  The word laxative is a bit of a send off, but don’t let it keep you from getting a healthy level of fiber in your liquid diet!

I am looking for other points here.  If you have an idea or suggestion I’ll add it to this page!

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