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Only liquids for a few days?

Has anyone tried this liquid lifestyle for a weekend or whatever? Let me know because I want to do it, and I want to see what is good and not good :)

Fri. Jun 2, 8:44am

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Drawbacks of Low Calorie Liquid Diets/Meal Replacement Plans
Low calorie liquid diets (500-800 calories a day) usually offer too little fiber and lack important antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This can lower resistance to disease.

In addition, due to the low calorie content, these liquid diets are unsafe unless medically prescribed and supervised. Finally, studies have shown that weight loss achieved while following a low calorie liquid diet plan is rarely sustained. Dieters can expect to regain as much as 75% of weight lost, within 3 years.

The Big Weight Loss Issue
However, the big drawback remains the issue of eating habits. These diets may help you to lose weight in the short term but they can't teach you to eat right in the long term.Without such diet-modification, long term weight loss is not possible.

If you are looking for long term weight loss, these liquid diets/meal replacement plans are not to be recommended. Successful weight loss is all about training yourself to eat properly.


Friday, June 02, 2006, 9:00 AM

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I think the OP means just for a weekend to 'unstuff' themselves.

I am interested to hear of any short term liquid "diets" (not so much for losing weight as cleansing the system).

Friday, June 02, 2006, 9:45 AM

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Juice fasting

There are a lot of people that juice fast for 2-4 days to give their bodies a chance to get rid fo a lot of the stuff that is causing cravings, hit the reset so to speak. When I juice fast, I drink good quality organic juices (fruit and vegetable) diluted with water and lots of plain clean water. Sometimes you feel tired, but I usually feel energized about day two, as you don't realize how much energy you use thinking about, preparing, eating and digesting food. That's all freed up to use! Also, before you start, have an exit strategy in place. Don't hit the pizza place because you just got too hungry!

Friday, June 02, 2006, 11:22 AM

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There is *no* scientific proof whatsoever that drinking liquids only or doing a juice fast "cleanses the system" or "removes toxins". This is total marketing bullshit for gullible people. Your liver and kidneys are responsible for cleansing and detoxing -- juice fasts don't do anything to help them. If anything they may be hindering your normal kidney and liver function by starving your body and depriving it of the nutrients it needs to function optimally.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 11:41 AM

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uh, drinking juice isn't going to deprive the body of nutrients it needs. most people who spend the time and energy to do a juice fast use pure juices, and veggie and fruit juices. I guarantee you that there is more nutrition in those juices than in a spaghetti dinner, and probably any pre-made frozen meal that many dieters eat.

Seeing as once upon a time food wasn't as abundant or available as it currently is, eating a little, and mostly drinking for a few days ISN'T a terrible thing (unless prego or having certain other conditions, in which case dr. supervision is recommended).

When you juice fast, you give your body a chance to purge some of the garbage in it (like stuff in your intestines), while still getting nutrients. For 2-3 days, it's not going to kill you.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 1:15 PM

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Actually, my doctor says it is more detrimental to people's health to eat "healthy" junk that comes out of a box. How is it marketing to eat and drink real food (that isn't processed with added chemicals from a lab) coming from fruits and vegetables, along with lots of water? You don't need anything special to work on that yourself for a few days. Compare that with South Beach bars, high protein bars, weight watchers meals etc, etc, etc. There are things on those labels not found in nature! However, they can be tools for people to learn new habits, which is what a juice fast is really about. Getting in touch with your body in a way that furthers your goals towards good health.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 3:12 PM

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well seeing as yourliver and kidney don't need to cleanse or detox from fruit juice, as it's ALL natural, not synthetic frankenfood, don't you think maybe giving your kidneys a rest from all the polluted food most people eat (both knowingly and unknowingly) would do them good?

Many peoples livers, kidneys, intestines, pancreases etc., are already working overtime digesting and filtering the crap that is ingested. For three days, giving your body easy to digest pollutant free food isn't going to harm it.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 4:06 PM

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No proof that "detoxing" diets work

11:41am poster here.

Again, there is ZERO evidence at all that doing a juice fast will let "your body purge some of the garbage in it (like stuff in your intestines)". The only thing you can do to forcefully clean your intestines is colonic irrigation - where they pump fluid through your gut - and that is similarly disputed by medics, who claim it is unnecessary since things do not "build up" in your colon (if they do, then you're constipated, so switch to a high-fibre diet with plenty of wheat bran), and the colon sheds it's lining on a regular basis naturally anyway.

To the 3:12pm and 1:15pm posters - I was not comparing juice fasting with meal replacement bars or any of the items you mention. I was comparing it with eating a balanced healthy diet. Nor was I saying it would kill you - the human body is very resilient - I just wanted to point out that there are absolutely no proven cleansing results. That claim is just marketing.

No need to take my word for it - below is a link to one of the gazillion articles out there, reporting scientific and medical research on "detoxing".

And if it turns into a habit, I dispute the suggestion that juice fasting would be healthy. Even pure fruit juice is said to be less healthy than eating the fruit itself, since juicing it gets rid of a lot of the fibre and vitamins. And which natural pure juice is going to give you omega-3 fatty acids or calcium or sufficient protein? Another medically reviewed article tells us: "The basic misconception of detox diets, is that fruits and vegetables are low in toxins while meat and fish lead to the accumulation of harmful substances in the body. In fact, the opposite is often true; vegetables such as cabbage and onions are high in naturally occurring toxins, while meat and fish often have low levels. The greatest irony is that the liver, the body's detoxification organ, can most effectively breakdown and eliminate toxins on a high-protein diet such as one rich in meat and fish."

The only benefits of juice fasting I can think of are mental ones (in the same way that any fasting, or abstinence from anything for that matter, could be mentally beneficial if undertaken with the right mindest). I suspect, however, that in the weightloss context, it is more likely to lead to binge and purge habits, rather than development of a healthy everyday diet.

Best of luck...


Friday, June 02, 2006, 4:32 PM

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Another link, on detoxing...


Friday, June 02, 2006, 4:33 PM

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Well, it doesn't do any detoxification, but drinking only liquids for a weekend won't hurt you, either. Many religions require short fasts, with no dire consequences. I know it's a big psychological boost for some people to start off a program with the feeling of having made even just a symbolic "clean break," and if you lose a couple of pounds straight off it gives you a little momentum.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 11:34 PM

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