Looking for a way to lose weight with minimal effort? If yes, then a liquid diet may be what you’ve been looking for all your life. As its name insinuates, going on a liquid diet means you’re getting most or all of your calories from drinks. Usually, liquid diets are limited to fruit or vegetables juices, while other plans permit smoothies or shakes as meal replacements.
More hardcore liquid diets require medical supervision, of course. No matter which you intend to go on, however, one thing is clear: liquid diets have shown huge success for those who embark upon them. Unfortunately, there’s a high percentage of people who on liquid diets only to see them fail. Some people even gain all the weight back and then gain a bit more on top of that. So how do we execute a successful liquid diet?
Make Your Drinks Convenient
Whether you’re juicing, drinking shakes or going with a pre-bottled program, successfully completing a liquid diet will require having your liquid meals easily accessible and on hand. The same principle applies to people who are sticking to a particular meal plan. As such, prepping for the week is of the utmost importance.
One surefire way to stay prepared is to make sure you have enough produce to make your juices or shakes throughout the week. Write down what you need and make sure to hit the grocery or the farmer’s market. An even better idea is to hit the bulk buying groceries so you can maximize your money while you’re at it.
If you’re juicing, make huge batches of your favorite juices. Store them in portions and freeze what you’re not going to need in the next day or two. When it comes to smoothies on the other hand, the best course of action would be to portion out your produce in freezer safe baggies.
This way, you can easily pop your ingredients in the blender and whip up a quick smoothie on-the-go. Of course, this is just a suggestion, but if the past is any indication, being prepared for your liquid diet can spell the different between utter success and devastating failure.
Skip the Unnecessary Ingredients
Just because you’re limited to liquid doesn’t mean that you should go overboard with unnecessary ingredients. Milk and sugar, for example, are items that are best left out of your liquids if you can manage it.
If you’re drinking smoothies, a great milk alternative is almond milk or Greek yogurt so you can lessen the fat in your drink. Sugar, added sugar that is, is something that you most certainly want to try and leave out of your juices and drinks. Too much sugar in your drinks can trigger cravings, which almost always leads to binge eating.
If you’re thinking that you have enough will power to resist, we urge you to lean on the side of caution as it’s usually those who think they can resist who are most susceptible to giving in. Choose liquid meals that have a high protein count or even a high fat count versus one that has a high sugar count. Additional easy swaps include plain coconut water and naturally calorie-free sweeteners like stevia.
Drink Tons of Water
Just because you’re drinking liquids all day doesn’t mean that you should neglect your water intake. Getting enough water in every day ensures that you stay full and that you stay properly hydrated. If you don’t get enough water in every day, you run the risk of bloating and, ironically, retaining more water than you should.
This is because your body will think it’s thirsty and short of water, therefore retaining liquid that it should be expelling. The recommended daily intake of water is 8 glasses a day. In this case, we recommend trying to get at least 12 glasses of water in a day to make sure that your tummy always feels full. This is especially important if your liquid diet consists of only juices.
Bulk Up Your Smoothies with The Right Ingredients
Just like there are some ingredients to avoid in your smoothies, there are other ingredients that you should certainly utilize if you’re trying to add more protein to your liquid diet. Powders are huge for people who are on liquid diets. Obviously, the most popular powder to add to a smoothie is a protein powder.
We recommend going with a plant-based protein powder like a pea-derived or soy-derived protein powder. Nut butters are another great ingredient to add substance to your smoothies. Most nut butters come with about 100 calories and 7 grams of protein per tablespoon. The best part is that a little goes a long way in helping keep you full for the day. Another ingredient that proponents of liquid diets like to add to their drinks or smoothies is baby food.
We know, it’s weird, but their actually quite nutritious and flavorful. If your liquid diet allows soups, silken tofu and meat-based baby food is perfect to add to your soup. You can also add silken tofu to some fruit to create a creamy smoothie. It’s high in protein and relatively low in calories, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about liquefying this food product.
Make Sure You’ve Got a Doctor You Can Call
At the end of the day, if you’re going on a restrictive meal plan, it’s always good to have a doctor on hand that you can easily consult if you start noticing that something doesn’t feel right. Make sure to see the doctor before you start the liquid diet to get a good base of how you’re doing at the beginning.
This way, your doctor can also advise you if a liquid diet isn’t the best for you. If you’ve got the all clear to start your liquid diet, make sure to go back and see your doctor regularly or if you don’t feel well. Also, ask your doctor what a good amount of calories for you to be consuming is while you’re on a liquid diet.