Shane Warne’s ‘extreme’ liquid diet: Find out what it is and how safe is it? – Times of India

The passing of Australian cricketer Shane Warne sent shock waves across the world. The 52-year-old died from a suspected heart attack, but now, just days after his untimely death, reports suggest that he was on an ‘extreme’ liquid diet for 14 days, which could have been one of the triggers.

Shane Warne’s liquid diet

Reportedly, the cricket icon was trying to lose weight and had recently tweeted saying, “Operation shred has started (10 days in) & the goal by July is to get back to this shape from a few years ago! Let’s go.”

In an Interview, Warne’s manager James Erskine revealed, “He did go on these ridiculous sorts of diets and he just finished one, where he basically only ate fluids for 14 days and he’d done this three or four times.”

“It was a bit all or nothing.

“It was either white buns with butter and lasagne stuffed in the middle, or he would be having black and green juices.

“He obviously smoked most of his life [but] I don’t know, I think it was just a massive heart attack. That’s what I think has happened.”

Warne’s son also said that his father was regularly on a “30-day fasting tea diet”.

As per reports, Warne was said to be “buzzing with excitement” and just before his death, he was said to have had vegemite toast after completing his extreme diet just a few days back.

Liquid diet risks

While there is no evidence to prove that Warne’s diet was the reason behind his untimely demise, health experts warn against such extreme diets, the likes of which the cricketer followed.

According to Professor Garry Jennings, the Heart Foundation’s chief medical adviser, in some situations, low calorie diets could strain and impact the heart.

“Mostly, these risks are on top of an underlying heart problem, they don’t come out of the blue. I doubt they could cause a heart problem just by themselves,” Professor Jennings told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Basically, if your metabolism, your handling of fluids, salt and other electrolytes gets completely out of whack, if you have a small heart attack, you’re more likely for that to turn into something serious with a rhythm disorder.”

Ideally, liquid diets should provide you with basic nutrients. However, experts believe it is highly unlikely. It is believed that low calorie diets do not have the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals, which is why it should always be taken under medical guidance.

Pregnant women, people suffering from diabetes, who are on insulin, and those suffering from chronic illnesses are recommended to stay away from liquid diets.

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