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Does the Lemon Detox Diet Work?

Posted Oct 14 2009 1:29pm

There is a great deal of hype around the Lemon Detox Diet. Celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Beyonce Knowles have added to the hoopla by stating publicly that it works, and there are also several articles that say it is a great plan for short term weight loss. but, like many other fad diets, the Lemon Detox plan is also an extreme one, which has a different way of "working", if you may call it that! So for those of you who don't know what the Lemon Detox diet is, here's an introductory writeup to help you find out what it is all about and if it is right for you!  

How the Lemon Detox Diet Works
The objective behind the diet plan is to release your body of poisonous toxins. These toxins supposedly build up in your body as a result of chemicals it is exposed to through diet and environment. These toxins can then lead to a deterioration in quality of life through lack of energy, tiredness, disease and other conditions. So, by restricting intake of food for a specific amount of time, you are also restricting the toxins entering your body.

What's on the Diet Plan
While on the Lemon Detox diet, your only intake throughout the day is the lemon detox drink which consists of lemon, tree syrup, cayenne pepper, salt, herbal tea and water. All these ingredients play different roles in the detoxifying process.

Lemon Juice is used to flush out wastes from the body, via the blood stream, putting less strain on the digestive system. Cayenne pepper helps speed up the metabolism, which further promotes the cleansing process. Salt/Herbal Tea helps stimulate bowel movement, flushing the toxins out of the body. Water keeps the body hydrated and aides the cleansing process. Tree syrup contains nutrients and calories to keep the body functioning normally during the diet. It is also claimed that the quality of this tree syrup is pertinent for the success of the diet and justifies the hefty price for the otherwise relatively cheap ingredients. These ingredients are mixed together to form the Detox Diet Drink which one is supposed to have at least 6 - 10 times each day, as part of the diet plan.

Is the Lemon Detox Diet Good For You?
Each drink has roughly 60 calories, so by restricting your diet to only 600 calories a day you will obviously lose weight, but not without paying a price! An average person requires around 2000 calories per day, and 600 calories is too less. It causes the body to go into starvation mode, slowing down your metabolism, which in turn makes you feel tired and lethargic. This also signals your body to convert these calories into fat, as it feels it needs to create reserve deposits to sustain regular physiological processes. You will start losing muscle, and even if you see significant short-term weight loss,you will rapidly gain all the weight back as soon as you get off the diet!

If you are looking for fast weight loss, the Lemon Detox Diet could work for you; but it's like choosing to fall sick so you'll look thin! It also means you'll have saggy wrinkled skin, dark circles under your eyes, and extreme lack of energy! Is this worth it? If you are a model who needs to lose a few pounds to fit into those skinny outfits, then yes, you might give this a shot. But for individuals like you and me, who want to maintain a healthy weight, this short-cut might not be the best option.

A balanced meal plan coupled with regular exercise, which includes cardio and strength-training, is the only option to consider. It may not be as glamorous or as fast-acting like the Lemon Detox Diet, but it is the safest and most recommended way to healthy weight loss!

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