The Lemon Detox Diet has become one of the most popular ways to lose weight. Many Hollywood celebrities claim to have lost 12 to 20 pounds of weight in just half a month using this detox diet. The diet consists of drinking only lemon juice in water and eating no solid food, not even supplements.
The Lemon detox diet involves not eating at all. You can only have lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper in water. You may also have laxative tea to aid the bowel movement. By doing so you are only taking 1700kJ calories a day. A lemon detox diet can be considered as a fast for 10-14 days in which you can only have lemon water.
The lemon detox diet plan work as follow:
In the morning have a ‘Salt Water Flush’. Mix two teaspoons of Epsom Salt in a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning.
Through Out the Day: Drink your lemon juice throughout the day and as much as you like
In the night: In the night the last thing you drink should be a ‘mild herbal
-Grade B Maple syrup
The recipe for 1 glass of Lemon Detox drink:
-2 Tbsp of (preferably Organic) fresh lemon juice
-2 Tbsp of (ideally Organic) grade B maple syrup
-1/10th Teaspoon Cayenne pepper
-8 oz. filtered water
Simply put all these ingredients into a bottle or jar with a lid, mix and drink. You can drink this anytime you are hungry throughout the day, though a minimum of 6 glasses is suggested.
There are many books written on the subject to date. Some of which are:
–The Master Cleanser; author: Stanley Burroughs
–The Lemon Detox Diet – Rejuvenation Sensation; author: Dr. K A Beyer
–The Complete Master Cleanse; author: Tom Woloshyn
–Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days by Peter Glickman
Many kits are available in market for this detox diet. They differ from each other on the basis of duration mainly ingredients in every kit are almost the same. Some of these kits alongside their price is as below:
-Master Cleanse 10-Day Organic Kit with Free MC book for $89.95
-Neera Natural One Week Pack, the Improved Stanley Burroughs
Master Cleanser Diet Kit for $59.95
-Lemonade Cleanse To Go (Master Cleanse without the hassles and mess!) for $39.95
-BNG Enterprises Simply Slender Lemonmade Diet for $26.29
All of these kits are available from amazon.com.
There are many acclaimed benefits of the Lemon detox diet, both health wise and beauty wise. The Lemon detox diet mainly detoxifies the body of toxins. As we know toxins can be called poisons within your body, it is very healthy to get rid of them. Detoxification leaves one with a feeling of lightness, healthiness and freshness. The Lemon detox diet also makes one feel more energized.
Lemon contains vitamins C, B and E and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron and zinc. The antioxidants in this fruits are essential to help the body fight against the free radicals. These antioxidants are also beneficial in strengthening of capillaries, reducing memory loss, cholesterol and hypertension etc. Aside from these health benefits, the lemon detox also give you clearer and more radiant complexion,
stronger hair and nails and improved circulation.
According to Susan Moores, R.D. (The American Dietetic Association’s nutrition consultant and spokesperson), experts claim Master cleanse or Fruit Flush lead to unhealthy and adverse side effects. Her article highlights that according to nutrition experts lengthy periods of not eating anything can lead to side effects like muscle breakdown, problems in blood-sugar level and deficiencies of essential vitamins, as well as liquid bowel movements. Lona Sandon, a Dallas dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says that prolonged fasts like in lemon detox diet can lead to muscle break down in the body.
According to intestinal experts, our body naturally gets rid of toxins and we don’t need to follow extreme diet cleanse to do so. Dr. Nasir Moloo is of the opinion that ‘Your body does a perfectly good job of getting rid of toxins on its own’. Other side effects of prolonged and severe calorie restriction include fatigue, headache, irritability and aches. Frequent bathroom visits caused by aggressive laxatives can result in irritation of skin on your bottom as well as dehydration. Also the fact that these diets don’t have any protein can
make it difficult for the body to rebuild lost muscle tissue.
The lemon detox diet will result in the following:
Weight Loss; The weight loss as a result of lemon detox diet isn’t due to loss in
fat, but is actually water weight loss. It is because of this reason that most of
the weight lost during the detox diet is gained as soon as the user stops dieting.
More Weight Gain; Some of the results of the detox diet were more weight gain afterwards. This is possibly because of the fact that the diet slows down your metabolism making it think you are starving due to lack of availability of food. But as soon as you start eating after the diet, gaining weight becomes easier.
The Lemon detox diet can also affect your immune system making your more susceptible to illness and infections. The constant flush of body caused by laxative and salt-water flushes may also flush out beneficial bacteria, which can affect the digestion system of the body.
There are both positive and negative reviews about the Lemon Detox Diet. The Pros and Cons can be summarized as below:
-Easy, cheap and quick weight loss
-Resets your mind, body and taste buds.
-Almost no weight loss for some people
-Lost weight gained back in 1-2 weeks
-Weakness, fatigue, dizziness and headaches
On Oprah, Beyonce admitted that she lost 20 pounds of weight for her role in the movie ‘Dreamgirls’ using the Lemon Detox Diet. Needless to say, this increased the popularity of this detox diet manifold and many a celebrities as well as other people have took more interest in the detox ever since.