Your doctor may prescribe a multivitamin if you go on a liquid diet.
While on a liquid meal plan, you get your nutrition from liquids and foods that have a smooth, liquid consistency. Your doctor prescribes this type of eating plan for various reasons. It's commonly used to promote weight loss before bariatric surgery, to rest the digestive system during recovery from bariatric surgery and to treat obesity when other diets have failed. It's also used during recovery after stomach or intestinal surgery. Only undertake a liquid diet under your doctor's advice, supervision and instruction.
Amount of Protein
The amount of protein you need on a liquid diet varies depending on the reason your physician prescribed this type of eating plan for you. Doctors commonly recommend high protein if you've been prescribed a liquid diet for weight loss. A typical recommendation is to consume 80 grams if you're male and 65 grams if you're female, according to Missouri Bariatric Services. Under other circumstances, 45 grams of protein may suffice. Your doctor will provide a specific protein goal for your situation.
Importance of Protein for a Liquid Diet
Protein plays a crucial role in your diet in general, and being on a liquid diet is no exception. While on a weight-loss liquid diet, protein helps your body preserve muscle. If you don't consume enough protein during weight loss, your body resorts to breaking down muscle as a source of energy. While you're on a post-surgery liquid diet, protein plays a critical role in repairing your tissues and promoting healing.
Examples of foods you eat on a liquid diet include soup, pudding, soy milk, yogurt, milk and broth. For a weight-loss liquid plan, it's typical to have six small meals each day. You'll likely use a protein-supplement drink to help meet your protein needs. When your liquid diet is not for weight loss, your doctor may allow ice cream, frozen yogurt, soda, flavored ice and other higher-calorie liquid foods.
Choosing a Protein Drink
Protein-supplement drinks play a role in helping you meet your protein needs while following a full liquid diet. It's typical to look for a liquid protein supplement that contains at least 15 grams of protein per 8-ounce serving. You can find ready-to-drink protein supplements and powder that you add water or milk to. If your liquid diet is for weight loss, your physician may recommend choosing a protein drink low in calories and fat, with a moderate carbohydrate content. It's typical to choose a supplement containing no more than 200 calories, less than 5 grams of fat and fewer than 20 grams of carbs per 8-ounce serving.