Cheap Liquid Diets

Drink your way to your goals.
Drink your way to your goals. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

When it comes to dropping the pounds, there are many ways to get the job done. Some people must lose weight quickly in preparation for a medical procedure and some are looking for a personal challenge to shed extra weight. Liquid dieting is a process of drinking fluids, almost exclusively, to greatly reduce calorie intake. If you’re on a budget and prefer a liquefied loss, you have a few options to choose.

Temporary Liquid Dieting

Sometimes it’s mandatory for you to go on a liquid diet for a few days or weeks in order to prep for an important surgery or post-procedure adjustment. In this case, you can drink your way to your goal with chicken broth, vegetable juice or a sports drink. These are all inexpensive temporary meal replacements that are available at your local grocer.

Clear Diet

It’s always best to check with your physician before going on a liquid diet. Once you have the green light, a cheap and easy diet to start is the liquid only-clear diet. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, your daily menu will consist of fruit juices, water, gelatin, a broth and coffee or tea. Treat yourself to frozen fruit-juice pops for a light snack. Not only will you save on calories, but this budget-friendly menu will save money as well. Supplement any missing nutrients with vitamins.

Meal Replacement Shakes

For a heartier alternative, meal replacement shakes are a popular choice. Pureeing fruits and vegetables is a perfect option to get the best bang out of your buck while sticking to your diet plan. Purchase large bags or containers of fruits and veggies, then pre-make shakes and freeze them for daily use. This is a cost-saving alternative to purchasing pre-made smoothies and shakes.

Low Cost Commercial Diets

There are several liquid diet programs from commercial retailers such as Slim Fast, Medifast and even Kellogg’s Special K. Brands like these often encourage use of shakes or soups in place of a full meal and offer several protein bars, cookies and crackers as snacks. This is the most expensive within your low-cost options; shop for your protein and meal replacement shake brand at your discount superstore of choice for a cheap rate.

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