Liquid diets have proven themselves as a viable and effective solution in the perennial battle to tame exuberant waistlines. Prescribed as well to those with gastrointestinal distresses, liquid diets provide a means of providing hydration, nutrition, and an ideal electrolyte balance while placing the least stress on the body’s systems.
For optimum results to be realized, keep these pointers in mind; they’ll make your dieting that much more effective while safeguarding your health and maintaining your energy levels.
1. The Plan
A good way to go about formulating a liquid diet for yourself is by always being open to trying new things and having your meals at various times throughout your day. Five to six meals a day is a good number to work with.
2. Things you should have handy
As they say, preparation is key. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to have these items on hand as you start off on your diet; Tupperware/storage containers, a blender and strainer, Baby food formulas, and protein or nutrient shakes such as Ensure
3. The Meat Option
Various types and cuts of meat may be pureed or baby food meats used to create soups and puree blends. One may blend the meat with a liquid such as milk, broth or gravy until the desired consistency is achieved.
4. The Yolks on you
Into your purees, you may like to add pasteurized or liquid egg products but be careful to avoid raw, unpasteurized eggs, as these are a common culprit in cases of salmonella infection.
5. The Cheesy Choice
Cheeses of any kind may be blended with solid fats if these are melted first. Salad dressings, creams, and oils may be added on directly afterward.
6. Things to avoid
In your diet, not everything is fair game; some things you should steer clear of owing mostly to their irritant qualities, such as; bacon, overcooked eggs, bread crusts, whole nuts (use smooth nut butter), as well as the seeds and peels of fruit (pears, peaches, apples etc.)
7. That little bit extra
To guarantee that you’re getting all the nutrition you require, it may be helpful to supplement your liquid preparations with any of a number of additions, according to what you need.
Flavor: Vanilla extract, lemon or lime juice, cocoa powder, honey, butter, salad dressing or oil.
Calories: Mayonnaise, nut butter, avocado, and oil
Vitamins: Liquid vitamin products are widely available for addition
Protein: Powdered milk, yogurt, whey, tofu and eggs
At the end of the day, your goal is a healthy, energized body, so be careful not to do yourself more harm than good by pushing your body to extremes; work with it, and it’ll always work for you.