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rant: why liquid diets for weight loss are stupid

1 mile run
30 minute strength workout

My subject today is going to hit close to home for a lot of people but I want to talk a little about juicing, meal replacement shakes and other general liquid diets that won’t do you any freaking good in the long run.


I know plenty of people that swear by Shakeology, juice cleanses and even dated SlimFast diets to get a few quick pounds off before special events. Eat green salads twice a day and replace one meal with a shake, juice, bowl of Kellogg’s, pill etc. etc. etc. OF COURSE you’re going to lose weight because you’re essentially starving your body to a huge caloric deficit but that sort of nutrition isn’t sustainable in the long run. Just as sure as you’ll lose the weight you’ll find it when you go back to your old eating habits. And trust me. You’ll go back. Have you ever seen someone that’s happy eating grapefruits all day? No, they’re freaking miserable.
Why is that so dang hard? Is it laziness, cooking inabilities, money burning a hole in your pocket?
Some of these juice cleanses cost upwards of $60 a day to do something your body does for itself naturally. Imagine how full you’d be if you ate 10 carrots, an apple, kale and all the other good for you things in those juices? It’s absolutely impossible to overeat fruits and vegetables because they make you full with less.
While at the Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet last week Tony Horton (my fave) backed me up on this. He shared tips and tricks about healthy eating that I wholeheartedly agree with. Diets don’t work and while eating pancakes every once in awhile isn’t going to kill you, your body will feel 10 times better with real food. He gave a big thumbs down to liquid diets and I loved that.
Are you going to spend the rest of your life replacing lunch with a shake? Probs not.
I have no problem at all with using drinks as workout supplements. Shakeology as a pre- or post-workout supplement in addition to moderately sized healthy meals? All over it. My problem is with using liquids as a replacement for real food. I don’t think it’s really that hard to heat up a chicken breast and toss it over some bagged greens. No skill required there. Scrambling a couple of eggs up with some sautéed spinach takes less than five minutes. Seriously. I beg you to try it. Real food is amazing.
As someone who is absolutely obsessed with delicious food it’s hard for me to imagine being satisfied with liquid meals. I won’t lie and tell you I haven’t tried them (Slim Fast circa 2002) but because I’ve made the mistake in the past I think I’m even better equipped to tell you it’s lame.
Sometimes we run out of time in the morning and a green monster just has to do when you’re in a bind. That’s OK. Live and let live. Most of the time though we have the time (especially when planned ahead) to whip something up quickly and leave a meal feeling satisfied. So what gives?

QUESTION: What’s your take on liquid meals? Love them? Why? Hate them? Ditto.

on not eating

Bootcamp (60 min.)
Zumba (60 min.)
LA Fitness HW
Bootcamp (60 min.)
PT Appointment

Today is a rest day but I had a really good time at bootcamp yesterday and wanted to share our themed workout.bridalworkoutTwo lucky ladies in our group are recently engaged so this was a neat way to celebrate their newfound status.
I still haven’t mastered double unders (jumping rope with the rope passing under twice for each jump) but I tried really hard and left dripping sweat.
I’ve lost two pounds since starting bootcamp last Monday. Week 2 is almost up and today’s meal plan calls for a detox day which I don’t believe in.
That’s what colons are for.
I’ve kept a food journal since starting their three-week plan and loosely followed the meal plan. By loosely I mean really loosely because it’s essentially a starvation diet. I love to cook and spices are my friend. I can only eat so many carrot sticks wrapped in lettuce leaves before I want to punch someone in the face, you know?
I’m loving the workouts but the not eating thing? Not so much. I realized that I get Starbucks…a lot, but I don’t make bad choices there so I’m OK with that. My treat day on the weekends needs to be a treat meal instead and I could have left off the croissant that came with my salad at the movies. I had seven mini Kit Kats on Easter Sunday. Not the end of the world. The next holiday isn’t for a month. And I’ve had three mini cupcakes in three months. Somebody call the Guinness Book of World Records.
I’m sure the eating plan would work for someone just getting into a healthy lifestyle and I can see how detoxing would get all that rolling but I’m a firm believer that DIETS DON’T WORK. Making healthy choices work a lot better in the long run and I don’t mind doing this the slow and steady way.
I’m down 10 pounds since recommitting myself after a terrible month of eating in December. Fifteen more to goal, then we’ll see how I feel.
Until then, time to increase the protein and lay off the bread (and the grapes apparently).

Disclaimer: These are my opinions. I’m not a registered dietitian, nutritionist or a certified anything. My experiences may not produce results for you. This is just what has worked for me.