If you've reached this article, it's because you already have a foundation of what a liquid diet is. In summary, they are recommended by doctors and nutritionists for various situations, such as before and after surgeries, to lose weight or even to clean the body. But today we're going to reveal to you what you've never been told about liquid diets and why they make you lose weight.
How does weight loss occur on liquid diets?
Let's remember how weight loss? Simple: If you are eating the right number of calories and exercising, the body does not accumulate excess fat, so consequently you will lose weight or maintain your ideal weight. If you do the opposite, i.e. consume more calories than you expend, it can lead to body fat gain.
Liquid diets, for the most part, are low in calories. Many start between 400 to 800 Kcal per day. Thus, replacing meals with nutrient-rich shakes eliminates excess calories and reduces the amount of fat leading to weight loss.
In an interview with The Atlantic¹ Researcher Robin Spiller, director of biomedical research at the Nottingham Center for Digestive Diseases in the UK, commented: “If you drink several glasses of water, you will feel full, but only for about ten minutes, whereas if you had the same volume of soup, you would feel full for a few hours.”. Wassup, reflected? The truth is that liquids give you a feeling of satiety much faster, because digestion is also faster.
Erin Rossi, RD, LD, of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic, comments: “These types of diets often come with predetermined structured routines, which can be helpful in reducing calories". He makes an essential warning: "Often, patients are discouraged having gone through the trouble of following a liquid diet and then losing very little weight or regaining the lost weight once they start eating again".
What are the risks of liquid diets for weight loss?
An important disadvantage that many health professionals warn about liquid diets is that they can not provide² all important nutrients, especially proteins.
Being a macronutrient, proteins need to be consumed in relatively large amounts for our body to keep functioning and protein deficiency in the body can impair the integrity of cells that act in repairing damage, metabolism, muscle contraction, in addition to destabilizing the transport of oxygen throughout the body. This factor can be resolved by adding more protein sources, such as rice, peas and soy to the shake, for example.
The big problem is the comeback, as Rossi mentioned. Too restrictive diets, without nutritional richness, make our body slower, and when you return to traditional customs the rebound effect happens: you eat much more than before and you gain body mass faster.
This is the famous accordion effect, characterized by the absence of dietary re-education in the search for faster results, impairing long-term efficiency. The consequence is not only physical, but above all mental, as the person will always undergo restrictive diets when he sees a little fat located on the hip, and in an extreme case he may enter anorexia disorder.
Can you use Foodz in your liquid diet?
Yes! Unlike traditional liquid diets, Foodz has the ideal amount of protein, with up to 40g, which will help you gain and maintain muscle mass as well as a feeling of satiety to control hunger. In addition to fats, fibers, carbohydrates, within the Foodz meal you have a complex of vitamins such as the B complex (choline B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12), vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vegan vitamin D and Biotin; in addition to minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, iodine, molybdenum, selenium and chromium.
With all the benefits of a complete diet, Foodz is also plant based. In addition, the practicality of the liquid diet is also present in Foodz products, which are easy and can be prepared in just a few minutes.