The Lemon Detox Diet involves drinking a lemon drink made from cayenne pepper, maple syrup and… lemons. You also flush your system with a salt water drink and take a laxative tea each night. A crowd of celebrities seem to endorse the Master Cleanse Diet which this drink is a component of but the question arises: can we trust celebrities with our health?
We probably can to a certain extent because we see them in the news and on TV and if they look more or less healthy I guess we can at least give their diets a try. The main difficulty with jumping in and experimenting with fad diets is that celebrities have the leisure to take time off the completely and give their lives over to a starvation diet like the lemon detox. They have people to take care of other parts of their lives.
When you think of the lemon detox diet, weight loss usually comes to mind. It is basically a regime that severely limits the amount of calories you take in. In fact, if you try it you will be taking in much less than the quantity of calories recommended by mainstream health professionals. So there’s the answer to our question: yes, you will lose weight because you are starving.
You may have read or heard that the lemon cleanse detox will not break down essential nutrients. This depends on the length of time you fast for. If you stay on a starvation diet for long enough your body will lose not only excess fat but also muscle tissue.
Another aspect of starving yourself is that your body will actually begin to store fat. It’s a natural reaction when it finds that you are not giving it enough food. On top of that, the diet’s critics tell us that the muscle tissue you lose will be replaced with fat.
Another issue working against losing weight using the lemon detox diet plan is that most health experts recommend a regular exercise routine for people wanting to lose weight. After starving yourself for a day or two, just see how much exercise you feel capable of doing.
As for actually carrying out the diet, here is one large difficulty – many people begin to want to crave food and drinks that taste good. Sure, the lemon drink has pepper that gives it a bit of spice but on the whole, a day without tasty food is a long one. Particularly if tomorrow, the next day and the day after are going to be the same..
The side effects of fasts like the lemon detox vary between individuals. You can get through the whole fast without overpowering hunger pangs or headaches or you can get severe headaches and food cravings right from day one. This is where being a celebrity helps. You have the time to spare so that you can just go to bed and try to ride it out. And if you have a bowel movement in your pants as some people have reported, you have an abundance of fresh clothes and a servant to clean up for you.
The final snag with the lemon detox diet is keeping the weight off after surviving the period of fasting. You do this by sticking to a sensible diet and regular exercise. Some people would argue that if you introduced these elements into your life in the first place you would not need to do any fasting in the first place.