With obesity and it’s-related diseases rising at an alarming rate, people are getting caught in the latest hype – liquid diet, which basically involves replacing regular meals with liquid foods such as soups, and fruit and vegetable juices.
While it may be suitable for the clinically or morbidly obese (only under medical supervision) for a short period of time, it can be extremely dangerous when used indiscriminately as an on-going method for weight loss by anyone else.
The following possibilities are some of the dangers of embarking on an unsupervised liquid diet by cutting out on solid food:-
A liquid diet is highly effective in getting rid of excess fat and most people focus on just that pros; but what about the corresponding downsides? Such a diet also results in the loss of muscle mass, which is crucial for optimum state of fitness and health. Also, the loss of this muscle mass can cause muscle cramps and can further lead to complications like cardio problems.
Slows down metabolism
The low-calorie content in liquid diet often triggers starvation when the body metabolism actually slows down and starts to store fat instead of burning it as fuel. Your anticipation and expectation of losing weight with this diet backfires and leaves you frustrated, desperate even.
When you deprive your body of solid food, your calorie intake drastically comes down which will inevitably lead to sluggishness, muscle cramping, and fatigue. You tire easily, your immunity falters, and you become more sensitive to changes in temperature.
So now you understand — the key to losing weight successfully involves making subtle and realistic changes to your diet and incorporating exercise to your daily routine, rather than cutting out entire food groups or solid foods altogether. For starters, replace the unhealthy processed foods, refined sugars, and fattening dairy products in your refrigerator with healthier alternatives like wholesome superfoods. Small effective lifestyle changes, an ideal diet, and a proper workout; that’s the key!