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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.