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A clear liquid diet is a short-term eating plan that includes only transparent, non-alcoholic, room-temperature foods and drinks. Doctors often recommend this regimen in preparation for medical procedures, for weight loss, and during post-operation recovery. Some people attempt to use the diet to lose weight quickly. A clear liquid diet supplies hydration, electrolytes, and some calories while significantly reducing strain on the gastrointestinal system. It can serve as a bridge between absolute fasting and consuming solid foods. However, it does not provide adequate daily nutrition, so no one should prolong the diet beyond the time their physician prescribes.

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1. About the Clear Liquid Diet

Clear liquid diets are an age-old therapy for obtaining sustenance when eating normal foods is not possible or advisable. The liquids provide fluids and energy in a form the digestive tract can digest and eliminate easily. A typical clear liquid diet supplies about 600 calories and 150 grams of carbohydrates but almost no vitamins and minerals. People adhere to this regimen for only a few days before they resume intake of full, regular liquids and solids.

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