Liquid diet

Liquid diet plan

Liquid diet plan

It can be challenging to go on a new diet plan, especially for the first few weeks. Human body needs some adaptation time when you make serious changes to what you eat. When you change your diet radically, you probably want to have clear guidance regarding what you can eat everyday for a week or two. The problem with this is that it can feel too strict and limiting in the beginning. What I am about to offer in this article is a slow approach to a liquid diet. You can call it an eating plan if you want, it is a plan for the first weeks after which you will learn how to plan your daily meals.

Because eating food in a liquid state is less of a diet, but more of an eating style, it does not require any different meal planning in advance. You can start by simply replacing your solid meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a liquid variant of the same meal and that should be enough to start.

Moving to a complete liquid diet plan means an end to eating any solid foods, which in the beginning can be challenging not only physiologically because your body needs to get used to it, but also mentally due to the need of acquiring new habits. Making radical changes to one’s diet can be very rewarding.

Simple transition from a solid to a liquid diet

It is time to find out how to make a smooth start on a liquid diet plan. For this the only thing you need is to figure out what meal would be the easiest for you to replace with a liquid alternative. If you like eating sweet desserts in the form of fruits or cakes, replacing them with fruit smoothies would be the easiest way to go forward. If you like eating soups, eating them in a smooth liquid form would be another good alternative.

Unlike the regular diets, where you need to think about making new meals, the uniqueness of the liquid diet is that unless you have been eating mainly fast food, you basically do not have to replace all your regular meals with different meals. Going on a liquid diet has more to do with simply changing your food form from solid to a liquid state.

Starting with a single meal replacement daily or every 2nd day is good enough. You can keep doing this for a week or a few weeks, then you can start looking into replacing one more or all of your daily meals. You do not have to do this immediately, being consistent is much more important.

What foods can easily be replaced with liquid ones?

You can easily replace fruits with smoothies, regular soups with liquid soups. That is pretty much all you need – the genius of simplicity. For more information be sure to check liquid diet foods.

How much to eat daily?

There is a good saying that the appetite grows with eating, which means that the more food you eat, the more you want. If grossly under-eating and overeating are both considered bad things, then how do you find this sweet spot of eating enough but not too much? What I have learned from my own experience is that when your stomach is overstretched from daily overeating, it is very simple to overeat, simply because you do not notice immediately that you are full.

Your stomach can expand and contract, so if you do not overstretch it on a daily basis, you will not need as much food to feel satiated. The feeling of being full usually comes with a slight delay of 30 minutes after your last bite, which means that you would have to wait approximately half an hour to really know if you have had enough food or not.

What I found works best for myself is to eat so much that after all your daily food you feel that you had just enough, but not too much. If I feel no decrease in energy levels and my stomach does not feel heavy or bloated it means I had the right amount of food. However, If I feel lethargic, bloated and maybe even experience a slightly depressive state it most likely means I ate too much.

To have an even greater control over the quantity of the food consumed you could use the technique explained in the next chapter, which is often termed as “intermittent fasting”. It is basically a habit of eating less often, but without the need of actually reducing the overall amount of food taken daily.

How many meals a day?

This is another important topic, which is quite sensitive I would say and should be approached individually. From early childhood we have been taught that eating 3 times a day is some sort of a daily norm and that everyone must have their breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, even if they do not feel hungry at the moment. It is not my goal to break these stereotypes, but have you heard of a proverb: “Eat your breakfast by yourself, share your lunch with a friend, and give your dinner to your enemy” ? I am pretty sure that its author had a reason behind it.

I can suggest you do some research on the topic of “intermittent fasting” and what its practitioners say about the number of daily meals. It is quite beyond the scope of this article, but the basic principle behind it is that you schedule your meals to be within a specific time frame and you eat nothing for the rest of the day. Thus your body has more time to properly digest your previous meal, to do some internal “house cleaning”, to relax and to prepare for another meal if you eat less often even if you consume the same amount of food.

I personally try to eat all my food within a 2-4 hour time frame, which would usually mean 1 main meal with some side dishes, tea, juices, etc. I am not so strict about it when I am on a holiday or outside of home. However, on most days I try to stick to it, being able to feel great on this lifestyle motivates me and many others to continue doing it.