Unless you live under a rock it is safe to assume that you are familiar with liquid base diets and or detox cleanses. These heavily trendy meal substitute plans are being seen across the world. Juice cleanse markets are growing in popularity in cities across the nation with many enthusiasts speaking out on the benefit of liquid meals. Liquid meals can be very beneficial to weight loss and digestive health but can also be dangerous if not properly followed.
What exactly is a cleanse/liquid diet? (In case your too afraid to ask)
A cleanse or juice fast is a plan that is followed where you only intake liquids for any given length of time. In a cleanse you often drink some kind of mixture that encourages water release and can improve your digestive health. On the other side a juice fast includes liquid drinks made up of freshly juiced fruits and vegetables. In both types of meal plans liquid meals are the norm with very little snacks and solid foods.
What are some of the benefits of a liquid diet?
Liquid diets are a great reset button after a bad week and or month of eating. They essentially give your digestive tract a break which is good every now and then. Depending on the type of juice you drink you may also intake 5 times more fruits and vegetable than you normally would. Liquid diets also can come in multiple different shapes and sizes which means that finding one that meets your needs is definitely possible.
What’s so dangerous about following a liquid diet?
Anything that is not closely monitored by a health official can be dangerous to your health but liquid diets can approach harmfulness very quickly and easily. This is possible because when primarily drinking your food you may unintentionally deprive yourself of many nutrients. One of the most common nutrient deficiencies that you see is that of a protein deficiency. These diets also make it very difficult to consume the proper amount of calories being that on average you may consume 4 -6 juices in a day and one juice can range between only 80 to 200 calories.
Cleansing in my opinion is a very slippery slope, especially for those of us who have battled with eating disorders. This plan when abused is very restrictive on your body and can lead to constant hangriness. I have found that I enjoy juice meals when my stomach is feeling a little knotty and as an awesome post-workout but I by no means attempt to survive on juice alone. Be careful out there with very restrictive meal plans and don’t be afraid to contact an expert to see if the plan is safe for you! ❤
” One cannot think, love, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
– Virginia Woolf