I have already covered the effectiveness of a liquid diet for weight loss in other articles, which were focused more on the practical application of this diet, the actual diet plan and what results can be expected within a specific time frame.
To quickly recap what a liquid diet is and how it helps with excessive body fat, we can say that it is a dieting method where you eat all or most of your regular meals in a liquid form. Eating liquid meals is easier on your digestive system and prevents you from having many bad food combinations that you could typically have on a regular solid food eating pattern.
In this article however I will focus more on the theoretical part of a liquid diet, specifically on its effect on weight loss. I will cover the importance of keeping a normal body weight with a low body fat percentage, which in other words can be considered as being “normal” or “slim”, whichever you prefer. For more information please check the liquid diet plan for weight loss.
The importance of keeping normal body mass
We are all very different, including the genetic tendency towards being slimmer or fatter, different bone structure, hereditary factors, race, gender, age, etc. So naturally some people have more body mass than others, which is perfectly normal. Nevertheless, high body fat percentage in my opinion is what everyone should avoid having, because being fat most often actually means that a body has too much fat, not muscle mass, right?
High body fat percentage can be dangerous
You can find a lot of information online about extra fat being considered as the body’s efficient way to store excess food you ate earlier for access later on when you need it. This supposedly was a mechanism that worked well for people in periods of famine.
In my understanding and according to the experiments that I did with my body this theory has some serious flaws. First of all, if they claim that the extra fat accumulates as an excess of what was eaten to save it for famine periods, then why is it that fat never accumulates if you eat an extremely high amount of Figs or Dates which are high in calories?
Maybe only certain foods cause a high amount of fat accumulation in your body? Maybe it is your body’s response to food foreign to your body or to a human body in general? For instance, I have noticed by doing experiments that whenever I eat 150 grams or more of nuts such as pistachios (it can also be sunflower or pumpkin seeds or any other high-fat food), after 2-3 days my belly fat deposits increase substantially.
So, the idea behind this second theory regarding extra body fat is that fat simply protects your vital body organs such as liver, pancreas, heart and others by encapsulating foreign substances found in food that is unsuitable for a human being. Extra fat can also be thought as your body’s response to such foods in the form of an inflammatory reaction.
Regardless of whether you choose to trust either of these theories or not, you will probably still agree to the fact that being fat is related to a number of issues such as type 2 diabetes, heart problems (cardiovascular diseases) and more.
Two of the fat forming foods: fats and starches
I want to share with you my observation on why I think high-fat content foods are not suited for humans:
- Squirrels know by instinct how to open any kind of a nut. Humans on the other hand, without using nut openers, cannot open them with their bare hands or teeth. Pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts are often sold already opened or pre-opened for our consumption.
- All nuts are extremely hard on our teeth and predominantly tasteless if unsalted or without extra sugar. Not only is it hard to open them up, most of them are also tasteless in their raw form.
- Some of the nuts are actually seeds, like in the case of cashew fruits; cashews come from huge fruits called Cashew apples. When you eat regular apples, do you prefer eating the flesh of an apple or its seeds?
Starchy foods in my opinion are even more dangerous. By starchy foods I mean baked potatoes, pasta, pizzas, bread and even vegetables such as carrots and beetroots. They tend to block arteries even more than high-fat foods.
Cooked starchy vegetables also cause weight gain
The problem with starchy vegetables is that they cannot be easily consumed in an uncooked state. You can ask yourself a question: which wild animal cooks its own food? The answer is obviously none. If you cannot eat a vegetable uncooked, should you eat it at all? Not only does cooking destroy many valuable substances, but it also makes food less digestible by your own body. You can try leaving your baked/cooked potatoes for a day or two and you will see how horrible they smell after a while.
Liquid diet prevents you from eating fattening food
If you read my other articles on liquid diet, I mentioned there that one of the benefits of a liquid diet is that you cannot consume many of the typical fatty or starchy foods you would consume on a regular diet. For instance, it is impossible to have a smoothie made out of 200 grams of cashew nuts or a liquid soup made out of a hamburger.
Smoothies and Liquid soups as main foods
Practical part of the liquid diet is quite simple. Your main meals are smoothies and smooth liquid soups. The less fat and starch they contain, the faster the weight loss and fat burning will work. On top of that, the less fibre you have in your smoothies and soups, the less water you drink, the faster the fat burning process will be.
This article is more about the reason behind the liquid diet for weight loss. It gives you quite a lot to think about whether it is worth eating fatty and starchy foods, also it may help you decide what is more important for you: the comfort and short term pleasures of fatty and starchy foods or feeling great in the long run without them.