What is Shane Warne’s Extreme Liquid Diet and how does it affect the body?

Legendary cricketer Shane Warne died last week aged just 52 and an autopsy conducted by Thai police revealed natural causes. However, the spin master went on an extremely liquid diet as he planned to shed muscle and get in shape.

Warne, who shared an image, tweeted: “Operation Shred has begun (10 days later) and the goal is to be back to that form of a few years ago by July! The cricket genius was on a liquid diet, which he had successfully followed in the past.

At the time of his death, Warne was on a personal trip to Thailand. His family had said in a statement that Warne died of a suspected heart attack after he was found unconscious in a villa in Thailand. Warne’s longtime manager James Erskine had said the leg spinner was on a diet plan as he was trying to lose weight and get back to full fitness.


According to Shane Warne’s manager, he was on a 14-day liquid diet that consisted only of liquids and no food. Warne reportedly sweated unusually in the week before his death.

These liquid diets aim to create a calorie deficit in the body, forcing it to consume excess fat and lose weight.

“He’s been on these ridiculous diets and he just finished one where he was basically just liquid for 14 days and he’s done those three or four times,” news.com.au quoted Erskine as saying.

Shane Warne, one of the greatest cricketers in history, has died. He was 52. (Picture: AP)

“It was a bit all or nothing. It was either white buns with butter and lasagne in the middle, or he drank black and green juices. He’s obviously smoked most of his life. I don’t know, I think it was just a massive heart attack. That’s what I think happened,” Erskine added.

Shane Warne had struggled with weight issues over the years and had repeatedly denied taking weight loss supplements.


Liquid diets consist largely of juices aimed at fortifying minerals and vitamins and reducing proteins and fats. It also has no fiber. However, experts say that a diet that does not have all the nutrients in balance is not effective in the long term. Excessive dieting in women can lead to anemia, reduced muscle mass and organs working harder than normal.

According to the BBC, several side effects of a liquid diet include headache, dizziness, extreme tiredness, diarrhea or constipation. Instead, health experts recommend eating a varied and balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and ways to be active throughout the day.

The spinning magician had also previously revealed he was put on a ventilator after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Warne had tested positive for the corona virus in August last year despite double vaccination. “It wasn’t because I couldn’t breathe or anything, it was basically a special ventilator that I tried to make sure Covid wasn’t going to have a longer lasting effect on me,” Warne had said.

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