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A Look at the Lemonade Diet

A Look at the Lemonade Diet


It may seem like a new weight loss fad, but the lemonade diet has been around for more than 50 years. Developed by Stanley Burroughs, this diet plan was originally intended to be used as a fasting and detoxification program to rid the body of the waste and toxins that have built up over time. Also called the master cleanse, the lemonade diet is now primarily used for rapid weight loss.

What is The Lemonade Diet?

The lemonade diet plan is fairly straightforward. You drink a concoction of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and filtered water for 4 to 14 days. You do not eat any solid foods or take any nutritional supplements. Your only form of sustenance comes from the master cleanse concoction.

The Lemonade Diet

Makes one serving

  • 10 oz filtered water
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1/10 Tsp. cayenne pepper

On the diet plan you are required to drink at least six servings of the lemonade mixture each day. You can supplement this with a salt water flush or an herbal tea laxative in the evening if you like.

Once at least four days has passed on the lemonade diet you, can begin to introduce solid foods back into your diet. The diet plan recommends that you do this slowly and start with foods that are not heavy like vegetable soup. You can add in fruits and vegetables slowly as tolerated. The plan does not give any recommendations for exercise while you are on the program. This is likely because the severe restriction in calories would not provide you with enough energy to be physically active.

Why Does the Lemonade Diet Yield Weight Loss Results?

The answer is simple. This diet plan severally restricts your calorie intake. When you restrict your calorie intake, you will lose a significant amount of water weight and perhaps some muscle mass. However, restrictive diets such as this one do not help rid you of unwanted fat. Plus, they leave you feeling listless and devoid of energy.

Risks of The Lemonade Diet

What's more is that the lemonade diet can be dangerous. The diet is void of an array of essentials, including calories, fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Dieters that choose to participate in this weight loss program can expect to feel fatigued, dizzy, sluggish, and hungry at the very least. However, most also experience headaches, diarrhea, nausea, and constipation.

Medical experts do not recommend this diet plan. In fact, most weight loss experts also advise against the lemonade diet.

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