The full liquid diet is a diet that is comprised of only foods and fluids that are in the liquid state when they are at room temperature. This includes for example popsicles, Jell-O, pudding, milkshakes, tea, strained creamy soups, juice, etc. If you are taking this diet you cannot take any solid foods.
This is a diet is preferred by some people because it is easier to digest than the solid foods. It provides your body with the fluids, salts, proteins and minerals which you need for energy.
Most people that are taking the full liquid diet aim at getting between 1,350 and 1,500 calories and also protein (45 grams) every day. This diet can be taken without anything else and still provides the body with sufficient nutrition. You can take it for as long as it is necessary based on the prevailing medical conditions.
When may you need the full liquid diet? Medically, the full liquid diet after gastric sleeve is recommended before a patient is taken through certain medical procedures and tests or before some types of surgery. The diet may also be recommended to the people who have a problem with chewing and swallowing.
At the moment, this diet may also be recommended to the people who want to lose weight. You are advised to seek professional advice from your doctor before you begin the weight loss program by taking a full liquid diet. The diet will work best in causing loss of weight if it is combined with exercises.
What should be included in the full liquid diet?
When you are on the full liquid diet you only take the liquid foods. You may include the following drinks or foods
- Frozen yogurt
- Fruit Ices
- Fruit juices including the nectars and the juices which have pulp
- Gelatin (Jell-O)
- Liquid supplements such as Boost, Resource, Ensure, Sustacal, etc
- Milk and sugar
- Plain ice cream,
- Sodas e.g. ginger ale and Sprite
- Soup broth such as bouillon, strained cream soups, consommé, etc but NO solids should be included
- Tea/ coffee and cream
Upon the advice of nutritionist, weight loss experts or doctor you may also include the cooked and refined cereals (such as grits, cream of wheat, farina, cream of rice, etc), strained meats and potatoes that are pureed in a soup.
If you are on the full liquid diet you should NOT take any form of cheese, meat or processed cereals. You should also not take fruits whether they are fresh, canned or frozen.
You should also NOT eat the cooked or raw vegetables. Also do NOT take an ice cream or those frozen desserts which have solids (e.g. chocolate chips, nuts, cookie pieces). It is important to note that the mashed foods such as the mashed avocados or potatoes should NOT be included in the full liquid diet.