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3 Day Liquid Diet

Hi! Anyone have a good regimine for a 3 day liquid diet?
I am wanting to combine a good day's full of nutrition using easy (no time to prepare) stuff such as V8 for the Veggie Drink, maybe some Ensure as well as fruit juices.

Any suggestions/advice on this?

Thanks to anyone who would want to take time out to reply.
Anything would be very helpful.


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  1. Are you trying to lose weight or are you forced on a liquid diet because of a dental or medical issue?

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    1. re: Jennalynn

      I'm trying to lose some weight.
      Thanks for your interest.

      1. re: blest1iam

        This is a really poor way of losing weight, especially if you are going to be buying commercial juices that are filled with salt and preservatives. Even if you put yourself on a calorie restricted diet for 3 days you wont lose more than a few pounds and the results are temporary at best.

        1. re: KTinNYC

          i am going for gastric bypass and my surgury is in aq few months and i was put on a liquid diet called the dartmouth diet its an all liquid and protine diet that is safe to do up to 2 weeks its hard at first but if you do the diet properly you can lose 10-15 pounds with exercise but make shure you take atleast 60 grams of protine and take a multivitemin and calcium+D

          its safe as long as you have aproval of your dietition they can help you

          1. re: evilducky123

            10-15lb in two weeks? Who ever told you that should be ashamed and if you are following that persons advise you should run not walk away. You can not lose that much weight (fat not water) in that little amount of time.

        2. re: blest1iam

          To the OP and everyone recommending liquid diets, fasts and fat-free diets, I suggest to read 'You: On a Diet: The Owners Manual for Waist Management' - it's a diet book written by 2 M.D.s and it explains all physiological behind-the-scenes what's going on in our bodies down to cellular level in a very layman language. It explains what drives our appetites and all the mechanisms under word "metabolism". They have a 2-week diet plan, if all the science stuff bores you - you can directly skip to that. I followed that plan for just a week and already seeing a difference. Especially in my eating habits. Maybe it's a placebo effect, but diet works IMO, because I NEVER FELT HUNGRY.
          And both that book and my physician agree that fasts longer than 24-hr are counter-productive.

          1. re: welle

            I am halfway through the book and want to just skip to the diet section itself, but then again it is interesting learning the ins and outs of our body and how it works. I love that the medical stuff is put in layman's terms. Congrats on your success, I can't wait to start.

      2. You can get just as many - if not more - calories from liquids as from solids so that's not necessarily the way to weight loss, quick or permanent.
        Eight ounces of Ensure has 250 calories. Smoothies can be packed with calories even though they are made with healthy ingredients. Fruit juices are deceptively high in calories from sugar. Better to eat an orange than drink a glass of OJ - more fibre, too.
        Huge, lightly-dressed salads with small servings of protein might fill you up for the same number of calories as a lot of the liquids you might be considering.
        In the end, calories count. Count calories.

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        1. re: MakingSense

          Thank you for your reply. It's very helpful.

        2. if it's for 3 days, do a cleansing fast. search the web. it's short-term but it works, like for a wedding or something.

          1. Lots of fresh squeezed vegetable juices would be good for you. Perhaps buy carrot juice by the quart or half-gallon, as well as low-sodium V8 (the regular version is so salty you'd probably just retain water!), and drink lots of water too.

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            1. re: operagirl

              What value is there to discarding the fibre from vegetables and only consuming the juice? The fibre keeps your system working properly, high-fibre diets help avoid cancer, eating high fibre foods make you feel full so you're not hungry all the time, and on and on.
              Most of the country spends money and energy trying to get fibre into their diets, why promote taking it out? Better a handful of carrots than a glass of carrot juice.

              1. re: MakingSense

                I was just trying to help, re: the OP's request . . . I'm well aware that fiber is good for you, and I consume a healthy diet myself. It's not up to me to be judgmental about others choices, though!

                1. re: operagirl

                  Plus, she's only talking about doing it for 3 days, tho I am sure there are better ways to do it.

                2. re: MakingSense

                  Because You're body uses tons of energy to digest the fiber and if you consume the juice and nurtients souly it saves your body the energy it needs to heal itself and rid itself of toxins. We're not telling her to quit eating altogether but fasts have proven to be very productive when helping with healing and detox. 3 to five days wouldn't hurt at all, it would help.

              2. Most people rapidly gain back any weight lost while on a liquid diet. And very few doctors will recommend such a thing. Whatever you do, talk to your doctor first. People get very sick trying deprivation diets.

                That being said, there is a 3 day cleansing drink which includes maple syrup (the real stuff), lemon, cayenne pepper and water. The syrup keeps your caloric intake up to necessary levels for energy, the cayenne is great for immune system, and the lemon not only makes it taste better, but helps with your vitamins.

                Oh - V8 is VERY high in sodium. If you choose to drink it, go for the low sodium option or make your own.

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                1. re: mojoeater

                  Where would I get this cleansing drink or it's recipe?

                  Thanks for your reply.

                  1. re: blest1iam

                    It's called the Master Cleanse or the Lemonade Diet and is addressed at length in the book "Healing for the Age of Enlightenment" by Stanley Burroughs.

                    1. re: SweetPea

                      So, is it something you make yourself? Or is it available somewhere?

                      Thanks for your help.

                      1. re: blest1iam

                        You make it yourself on a daily basis. I encourage you to read the book to acquaint yourself with the theory, instructions and precautions. There's more to it than just drinking the juice for 10 days. It may not be a good choice for you. In fact, if you want to do a "fast" you really should educate yourself on the topic as you could do yourself more harm than good. There are many varying positions on the issue of fasting.

                  2. re: mojoeater

                    I was at work last night complaining about a few pounds put on of late, and several male employees suggested the maple syrup cleansing fast. They swear by it and said they felt energized. They consequently lost weight, but put it back on right away, as almost everyone does who tries to lose weight with a "quick" fix.

                    1. re: ajbinla

                      The Master Cleanse is not a 3 day cleansing or a diet. It's a minimum 10 DAY detox. I've done it twice, both for 2 weeks. I lost about 17 lbs each time and the weight doesn't come back on immediately, but you will see some back, since much of the weight you lose is the "stuff" in your digestive system (8-10 lbs in the average person).

                      The Master Cleanse isn't for everybody. If you're reliant on caffeine, or do a lot of physical labor, I doubt your body would be able to adapt quickly to the sudden change. The laxative tea can be taxing on your system as well.

                      I personally love it. It saves me money on food, gives me another 2 hours a day to use for myself, and helps shrink my stomach when I've been indulging too much. It's only recommended once every 6 months and for a maximum (in extreme cases) of up to 40 days.

                      1. re: MeAndroo

                        It is a great detox plan. You feel much better afterwards and your body works better. As long as you stick to a healthy lifestyle afterwards you won't gain all the weight back. I only gained about 3 or 4 back after I did it. I eat 6 small meals a day, and walk 20 min. after I wake up and before I eat dinner. As long as you watch portions and servings you'll be fine.

                  3. If you really want a good healthful liquid diet, you could use something like a vitamix blender where you put in the whole fruit/vegetable and it grinds it all up into a liquid so you get the fiber, too. My parents do it for breakfast--with kale, carrots, apples, home made yogurt, whatever they have in the house. It's a great way to get rid of the odds and ends in your refrigerator, plus get a variety of nutrients from different foods. It's not any better than eating the food itself, though. You could easiy eat a good yogurt and add fruit/vegetables and that would be really easy.

                    Rather than having ensure, you might as well take a multi-vitamin because everything else in it is not good for you.


                    Either way, after a three day lquid diet, if you go back to your regular way of eating, as asbinla said, you'll just put the weight back on.

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                    1. re: chowser

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                    2. It's much easier, for me at least, to lose weight doing a "eat only fruits and vegetables" diet than a liquid one.

                      Let's think about one smoothie: that's one orange, a basket of strawberries, one apple, and half a banana. If you sat down and ate all of that in whole fruit form, you'd probably be STUFFED for not many more calories than the juice form. The juice has almost all the sugar and none of the fiber that keeps you feeling full.

                      Find low fat foods that you personally like. If you don't like any, you might want to try training yourself to like the taste of raw fruits and vegetables by treating yourself to the highest quality produce and fruit you can find in your area. There is a taste difference, and it's worth it to buy the $3 peach if it means you're not going to buy the $3 Ben and Jerry's. I don't know when it became acceptable to spend $6 on a single frozen coffee drink but horrifyingly hoity toity to spend the same on a few good apples.

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                        1. re: Pei

                          That's a great way to look at it. I appreciate your feedback. Thank you for your comment.

                        2. I once went on a three day liquid diet- can;t remember the brand but it was some kind of juice purchased especially for this diet. (a gimmick). The thing I remember most is that during the time I was onthisliquid fast I was in overdrive- had an icredible amount of energy- cleaned all my closets, did alot of work. Has anyone else had this experience. I agree that liquid is not the wasy to go to lsoe weight but I think I lost more weight from the physical activity that resulted from the energy surge.

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                          1. re: emilief

                            Yes and no. Not on a three day (but yes on a 7 to 14 day) and I don't know what you were drinking. Even pure juice (fruit and some veggie) is a sugar hit (consider the carb load) and is not good for the pancreas. So it may have been a sugar rush? Or maybe your activity was a food diversion. I've done some fasting but am careful to ease into it and stick to my plan and ease out of it. Honestly, you can harm yourself if you pursue this recklessly. It really requires some research. I completely agree with the above posters regarding the "food is better than juice" issue in this instance. Also, the person's present health status is of extreme importance. I really don't think this is the board for a beginner or "quick fix" faster. Chowhound is about food, not the abstinance of. Best to search health boards for this issue, IMHO. OP - take care!

                          2. I do know that Ensure is generally given to patients suffering from cancer treatments or health concerns, my father was loosing weight very fast, they introduced to add/and or maintain weight.

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                            1. re: ebm

                              Ensure is NOT a way to lose weight, unless you have the self control to drink only a couple a day.

                              an 8 ounce glass has 250 calories. 250 liquid calories won't make most people feel very full, but it sure does add up! For the same number of calories you could have some peanut butter and jelly, five whole fruits, a carefully made salad, or any number of things more filling than a jar of liquid smaller than a soda can.

                              One can also has 40g carbs. That's two thirds what most people need in a whole day!

                              Like emb mentions, Ensure was made as a way to get extra nutrients into people who are having trouble eating (patients) or who need extra (new moms). A normal, healthy person could probably drink eight or twelve of these in a day, if he/she could get past the taste.

                              1. re: Pei

                                I dunno about 40 grams being two thirds of your daily value of carbohydrates. Maybe if you're in the maintenance phase of some low-carb diet. Otherwise, as part of a more balanced diet, a person will consume over 200 grams of carbohydrates a day.

                                I do however, agree with you on the point that Ensure isn't exactly a sound weight loss tool!

                            2. Bloody Marys contain all the nutrients needed for a three, five or seven day diet.....just make sure you eat the celery.

                              1. blest- if you seriously need to take off weight, www.weightwatchers.ca ; just trust me on this one.
                                If you're looking to take off 3 lbs. to fit into a dress, then by all means go for the 3-day cleanse that others have described here.

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                                1. re: nummanumma

                                  I highly recommend WW as well. I find it very easy with no special food. I went on in 2003 and lost 30 lbs (208-178). Currently I have been losing weight since January off and on. When I don't throw the diet out the window for a few weeks things go well. By March 31 I had gone from 232 (4 years of stress weight from work and not exercising) to 208. At the moment I am 213 because I took a few months off and had reached 217 by the end of June.

                                  My father had very good results with the Cabbage soup diet for short term results if that is the point of what you are doing.

                                  1. re: nummanumma

                                    Weight watchers rocks, and it really works if you can afford the first month after that you can do it on your own if you don't need the support...I do need the support...

                                  2. I do the Master Cleanse (lemon, maple syrup, cayenne) a few times a year for 10-12 days at a time. I don't really do it for weight loss purposes, more to clean out my system and give myself a break after constant indulgence. I'm not overweight so I usually lose around a lb a day on the cleanse, but I've heard of heavier people losing 2-3lbs a day on it. At least half of it comes back when you resume eating normally.

                                    I wouldn't recommend it as a weight loss tool but it's a great way for me to "re-set" my system.

                                    1. My yoga teacher does the 3-day cleanse a few times a year, using the lemonade diet. I haven't tried it yet, but she always asks if anyone wants to join her, and invariably a few do. Here's the recipe:

                                      8 oz lemon juice (about 5 lemons)
                                      3 quarts fresh water
                                      1/2 cup Grade B maple syrup (TJs is good)
                                      1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

                                      That's one batch - you'll probably need about a batch a day. Drink only this, water and herbal tea (optional) for three days.

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                                      1. re: judybird

                                        It's a bit more involved, and the recommended fast is at least 10 days. You really should read the book or research on the web before you do this. Having done this before, I can only say, you need to be prepared before you commit to it.

                                        1. re: judybird

                                          There are other elements to the cleanse that flush out the toxins released from the body, including a salt water flush taken each morning. It is very important to read the book before starting the plan, as it also includes guidelines on how to taper off the cleanse. Jumping straight back into a regular diet is inadviseable and potentially dangerous.

                                          1. re: judybird

                                            As another Master Cleanse-er, I find it interesting how many variations on it have surfaced recently. I have friends who use it like people use Slimfast shakes (one or two as meal replacements), others who use it to stave off munchies. Obviously to get the best results you should swear off solid foods, but I've seen it adapted to people's lifestyles all the time.

                                            As a side note, I never did the saline flush. I felt like I was in the bathroom enough from the herbal lax tea.

                                            1. re: MeAndroo

                                              I found the herbal tea laxative too harsh. It gave me bad cramps and it was unpredictable.

                                              1. re: FoxyWiles

                                                I'm with you there. It's really difficult and embarassing for one who works in a large firm. I had to stop using the herbal lax tea halfway into my week.

                                                1. re: FoxyWiles

                                                  I actually found the tea to be pretty spot on in terms of when it would go into action. What brand were you using?

                                                  1. re: MeAndroo

                                                    Traditional Medicinals' Smooth Move. I only drank it once to see what it was about. I preferred the salt water flush. Worked within half an hour.

                                            2. I follow Dr. Joshi's Holistic Detox whenever possible. I received a message from God at the grocery store last week :) and the message was very clear that on June 1st I had to start detoxing. So I'm currently on Day Two. It is not a liquid diet, and it is three weeks rather than three days, but I can say with absolute, 100% conviction that if you follow it to the letter it will change your life. Weight loss scmeight loss (I'm 5'4" and went from about 140 to 115 the first time I did it properly)- your skin will glow, you'll have insane amounts of energy, you'll stop being a megabitch (or so I was told!), etc. I "binged" a bit before I started this one (I ate pizza and a McFlurry on May 30th, and Skittles on May 31st) so my sugar withdrawl was kind of rough on Day One, but I didn't cave in to the cravings and I'm fine today. The first time I did it I was living in Italy (land of pizza and pasta, and to top it off I was doing some contract work at Ferrero- as in Ferrero Rocher, as in NUTELLA!) and working erratic shifts (usually 8:00 am to 8:00 pm with breaks outside of normal meal hours) so I know you don't need adjust your schedule in any way or be on any kind of break to make it work.

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                                              1. re: Jetgirly

                                                Hi. Could you tell me where I can find Dr. Joshi's Holistic Detox?? I've lost my mind with food lately and need to do something FAST!!! My skin if freaking out too, so it sounds like this might help with that...Thanks!

                                                1. re: Nelliemcgann

                                                  It's a book and you can find it on Amazon.com

                                                  1. re: mojoeater

                                                    it's the latest "detox" on anorectic gwyneth paltrow's site, "goop". it's basically giving up all carbs, (except bananas, which makes no sense since they are krazee high in sugar) dairy and red meat, plus <1000 calorie a day "meal" plans.

                                                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                      You definitely don't give up all carbs: you just give up gluten. When I'm following the plan I eat lots of quinoa, brown rice and even oats.

                                                      1. re: Jetgirly

                                                        which all have a lower gi index than, say, wonder bread, but your body processes it just like sugar. 1/2 cup of oatmeal has about 25 grams of carb vs. 1 large slice of white bread which has 15.

                                                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                          But that's not the point of the eating plan. It's a gluten-free plan and you're perfectly free to make it as high- or low-carb as you want.

                                              2. you know, I go on 3 day liquid diets all the time. My doc keeps referring to them as "binging" and "benders"....I really need a new doctor!?;-)

                                                1. Have you read the ingredient list on Ensure? Not healthy despite what they'd like you to believe.

                                                  1. If you drink the stuff you mentioned in your post, you're going to gain weight. Especially Ensure, it's nothing more than a geriatric milk shake. Go to your local CVS and get a 3oz. bottle of phoso soda, believe me, you'll lose weight.

                                                    1. Kombucha sounds like it would be a good addition -- little sugar and all kinds of probiotic/B vits

                                                      1. If you think an all liquid diet is a good way to lose weight, I have a bridge for sale that you might be interested in.

                                                        1. Bolthouse Farms makes fresh vegetable, fruit and protein smoothies and can be found all over. I'll drink these exclusively for 5-8 days to offset months of overindulgence and lose a couple inches off the waist; then start a diet for a few weeks like the Extreme Fat Smash; then head into healthy maintenance eating and by that time, I'm looking pretty ripped and feeling sexy; By Thanksgiving, I'm ready to 'live to eat' instead of eating to live as I'd been doing in the warm months and pack on 10 disgraceful pounds for the winter....oh well, its what I do...

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                                                          1. re: dexmajic

                                                            The problem is that they're light on protein and contain about 7 tsps of sugar in each one. :-/

                                                          2. Wow this thread is old. I guess we will never know what blest1iam did for the three days. /cry. Still interesting and thanks for reviving the thread. Dates on posts never stop me from shooting off my mouth, he he! Blest are you out there? It's me carbs! Here is what I am doing http://www.amazon.com/Green-Smoothie-... and I did finally bite the bullet and buy a vitamixer from Costco but I thought long and hard before writing that check. I have at least two green smoothies a day and I feel great! I could do just green smoothies for three days easy. A watermelon fast might be beneficial instead.