Liquid fasting diets have again become popular among dieticians and those looking at losing weight. Nurtritional drinks endorsed by sportsmen are one main reason for the comeback of liquid fasting diets.
Liquid dieting is not only easy to maintain but also helps lose weight quickly and effectively. Long term weight loss is also possible with liquid diets. But before starting any liquid diet it is important to understand how they work and why they work.
Sometime during late 1970s liquid diets went out of fashion because people took to them carelessly resulting in problems related with malnutrition. Dietitians and physicians stopped advising liquid diets after the serious repercussions.
However, many people still continued with the liquid diets because they worked so well. But with the increasing popularity of diets like the GM diet, Atkins diet and others, liquid diets lost their charm. But in the past decade they have again made a comeback because of the advancements made in the field of nutritional science.
One pound equals 3,500 calories. Liquid fasting diets are drastically low on calories. Since there are no solid foods in the diet the calorie intake is under strict control. If one strictly follows the liquid weight loss program results are seen immediately.
When one religiously follows the liquid fasting diet around three to four pounds can be lost within the first week itself. But many people experience extreme fatigue and loss of energy. This lasts only for the first few days because of the drastic cut in the calories intake. Once your body gets adapted to the diet you will find it easier to follow it.
Liquid diets are excellent option for losing five to seven pounds in a week’s time. But they should not be relied upon for long term weight loss goal. During the liquid fasting diet there are many vital minerals and nutrients that the body is deprived of. Hence it is important to take supplements to meet the body’s needs for nutrients.
There are many variations of liquid fasting diet. There are protein shake diets which put you on a diet of shakes to be taken in place of meals. There are the juice diets that involve drinking several glasses of juices throughout the day. The diets can have severe side effects like nausea, cramps, malnutrition as well as dental problems.