I'm probably not the best when it comes to restricting food diets etc. (Kinda broke all the time...impulsive, junk food junkie..) But it comes to willpower when I have to. I recently went from 95kg to 85kg in about 2 weeks. I would say "simply" but it wasn't actually that simple, I went back to my original wrestling diet which was about 1200 calories maxing out around 30 g of carbs (this did not include any leafy greens). Everything that I ate I made myself so I had a better idea of what was going in my body. However I did try to have a protein shake for lunch rather than food and that really hurts my insides, not sure why that happened. It could be that I have not had a protein shake for quite a while or that my IBS was acting up. Either way I went back to having physical food after some unpleasant (not safe to post/describe) issues. I understand people's dietary choices are their own. I know quite a few where they dont see food as something to enjoy but simply as fuel for the body. People like CT Fletcher for example, unable to quote him completely but he essentially says.. "its not for me to have it taste good, its to give me strength" (paraphrasing, just add a lot of profanity and you'll get the idea). But I myself am clearly a food driven person. Even when calorie restricting to cut weight for a comp, I would plan my meal 1 day at a time. This is my mental prep, to keep my mind off hunger. When I'm pushing through my mental boundary on the treadmill, soaked in my fleece and hoody. I dont have a motivational speech going in my head. I'm actually thinking of what ingredients to buy, what to cook up and how many calories it may be...am I counting the macros wrong, where can I research how much cal is there is a broccoli. Does adding sesame oil in the pan count more/less than olive oil. Stuff like that. Next thing I know, I'm 10mins deeper into my cardio workout. In between training and meals (ie Life and Work) all I'm thinking about is the competition (and of course, Life and Work). I personally don't think I can live on a liquid shake diet. But thats my own preference, in fact I'm slowly researching the idea of going more veggie as I get older. But in the mean time... I will be marinading chicken in buttermilk and siracha mix till tender, drip dry then cover it in panko breadcrumbs and stick in the oven. Served with a side of blanched cauli/broccoli flourettes. And maybe some grilled corn.