5 Clear Liquid Diet Ideas

For those who desire to lose weight more quickly than on a typical diet, these 5 clear liquid diet ideas can help jumpstart weight loss and help you become accustomed to the changes associated with eating solid food versus drinking only clear liquids, which are more easily digested by your body and leave no residue within your intestinal tract.

  1. Consult with A Doctor Before Beginning According to the Mayo Clinic, a clear liquid diet consists solely of water, broth, plain gelatin and other such clear liquids. Because some people can feel dizzy and light-headed on a clear liquid diet, you should always seek a doctor's advice before beginning such a plan.
  2. Limit Your Length of Time on a Clear Liquid Diet Our bodies are designed for a variety of foods and nutrition including carbohydrates and fiber that typically isn't available on a clear liquid diet. Since your body needs nutrients that a clear liquid diet can't provide, you should never stay on such a diet for more than a few days.
  3. Consume Only the Foods Allowed on a Clear Liquid Diet Typically, the amount of food you are allowed on a clear liquid diet is unrestricted. However, you should check with your doctor to be sure. These foods are usually a part of any clear liquid diet you decide to try: Water, Fruit juices that do not contain pulp, (apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice, etc.), Strained fruit punch, Strained lemonade, Chicken or beef broth, bouillon or consomme, Clear sodas or sports drinks, Plain or sugar-free, flavored gelatin, Honey, Plain ice pops or Popsicles that do not contain pieces of fruit or pulp, Plain tea or coffee (no cream or milk, sugar-free sweeteners are allowed within reason). These are the only foods allowed on the typical clear liquid diet, and any foods not listed should not be consumed.
  4.  Avoid the Risks to Achieve Better Results There are risks on a clear liquid diet, for some persons more than others, primarily because of the condition of their heath. To achieve the greatest results from clear liquid diet, you should never remain on a clear liquid diet longer than a few days without your doctor's close care and instructions. In addition, consume everything allotted to you while on a clear liquid diet to ensure your body gets as many calories and nutrients as possible.

     

    While a clear liquid diet may not be suitable for everyone, it can clear your stomach and intestines, which will alleviate the strain on your digestive system, as well as hydrating your body when followed properly. It's a great way to kick-start a weight loss program because it will give quick results, and is especially useful for someone recovering from an operation or other extensive medical procedure.

 

Follow these Sample Menus for a Clear Liquid Diet

 

Breakfast:

  • At least one 8 oz. glass water
  • One 8 oz. glass fruit juice, no pulp
  • One 8 oz. cup clear chicken or beef broth
  • One serving plain or sugar-free, flavored gelatin

Mid-Morning Snack:

  • One cup coffee or tea (cream, can use sugar-free sweetener)
  • One serving plain or sugar-free, flavored gelatin

 Lunch:

  • At least one 8 oz. glass water
  • One 8 oz. glass fruit juice, no pulp
  • One 8 oz. cup clear chicken or beef broth
  • One serving plain or sugar-free, flavored gelatin

Afternoon Snack:

  • One flavored sugar-free Popsicle or ice pop, no pulp
  • One cup coffee or tea (cream, can use sugar-free sweetener), or one diet soda

Dinner:

  • At least one 8 oz. glass water
  • One 8 oz. glass fruit juice, no pulp (optional)
  • One 8 oz. cup clear chicken or beef broth
  • One serving plain or sugar-free, flavored gelatin
  • One cup coffee or tea (cream, can use sugar-free sweetener)

 

For a clear liquid diet to work, always follow the diet exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, you may void the results you're striving for in following these five clear liquid diet ideas.


Resources:

Vanderbilt University, Liquid Diets Complete

 

 

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