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Mar 4, 2007 04:51 PM

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.