Liquid Diets are a great way for most patients to lose about a pound a day, for as long as they can stay on them. As there are 3500 calories in a pound, about half of this pound a day weight loss is water. But for every pound you lose, your heart doesn’t have to pump a mile of blood, so you take stress of your heart – so even water loss is generally good. The rule for Liquid Diets is no more than 100 calories per serving, and at least 15 grams of protein in this 100 calories. The good news is that many of the Liquid Diets sold in grocery stores, Costco, Sam’s Club, etc. – meet these criteria. You can also make your own liquid diet using Greek yogurt and/or cottage cheese, ice cubes, a blender, and additional Equal or SweetnLow, vanilla extract, sugar-free chocolate syrup (Hershey’s or Walden Farms), etc.