What is lemon detox diet?
The lemon detox diet – also called the Master Cleanse Diet or Beyonce Diet – is a decades-old liquid diet created by Stanley Burroughs. Peter Glickman, through his book “Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days,” made it a hit among ordinary people and celebrities alike.
Although most people consider lemon detox as a form of diet, it is actually a variation of fasting because it lacks the major macro-nutrients seen in common diet regimens. People who use this detox diet believe that it can flush out toxins within the body, increase energy levels and aid weight loss.
Does the lemon detox diet work?
Many celebrities attest to the effectiveness of the lemon detox diet. In 2006, Beyonce made the headlines when she lost more than 20 pounds using the Master Cleanse diet in preparation for her hit movie Dreamgirls. Jared Leto, the lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars also used this diet to lose more than 60 pounds after his role in the film Chapter 27. Robin Quivers, another advocate of lemon detox diet said she used it not just to lose excess weight but also to regain her health.
What exactly is the purpose of lemon detox diet?
The lemon detox diet is not just for losing weight and dieting. It actually helps dissolve and flush out unwanted toxins within the body particularly in the kidneys and the digestive system. It also enhances the functions of glands and cells throughout the body. Joint mobility and skeletal muscle contraction improve with its use. The blood and the circulatory system become healthier because of its decongestant effects within the blood vessels. For people approaching their late 30s, 40s, 50s or even 60s, this diet can help restore their strength and skin elasticity, helping them maintain a youthful glow inside out.
How do you do the 10 day lemon detox diet?
Don’t have any idea about how to start the 10-day lemon detox diet? Here is how you do it:
- Drink lemon or lime juice mixed with water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper up to 12 times per day
- Take herbal laxative tea two times a day, preferably in the morning and before going to bed at night
- Have salt-water baths
- Don’t eat solid foods. Drink only the lemon juice and the herbal laxatives as recommended above.
- Follow this regimen for 10 days or if possible, make it longer, depending on your physical condition.
- Ask your physician first before starting on this diet. Do not stop taking your medications (if you are taking any) without consulting your doctor.
How do you make the lemonade for lemon detox diet?
The lemonade used for this diet regimen is very easy to make. Here is the recipe:
- 1/2 freshly squeezed (not the canned nor the frozen) lemon or 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- 2 tablespoons of real (not the maple-flavored sweet syrup please!) maple syrup – the darker the grade of your maple syrup, the better
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- 1 glass of warm water
Mix all the ingredients together and drink this lemonade up to 12 times a day.
What are the expected lemon detox diet results?
Day 1-3: You’ll be in friendly terms with your bathroom
Not in good terms with your bathroom? Well, this time you will have a great relationship with it. The first thing you will notice when you start using the lemon detox diet is your bowel movements become more frequent. You should expect to visit the bathroom up to three times in a single day. Your body will eliminate all the junk you accumulated for years within your digestive system. If this does not happen, use the herbal laxative tea to do the work. You will also feel dizzy and a lot sleepy during this phase so go ahead; snooze the day away. With that said, it is best to start your lemon detox diet on a peaceful and quiet long weekend away from any form of distraction.
Day 4-5: Energy blast
After being all dizzy and sleepy, you will start feeling light and full of energy. Your thinking will be a lot sharper (thanks to a more efficient flow of blood within your blood stream). Don’t be surprised if you wake up too early in the morning feeling real energized without a single trace of sleepiness.
Day 6-7: Hunger
You will start getting too hungry but don’t give in to your hunger pangs yet! Avoid thinking of food. Best advice: Do not join your friends during mealtimes to prevent yourself from giving in to temptation.
Day 8-10: Feel lighter
During this time, the effort you put into action will be much obvious to other people. You will not only feel lighter – your friends will start complimenting you about how much trimmer you look! By now, you will no longer feel any hunger pangs. Your energy will be quite high despite your liquid diet.
What are the possible lemon detox diet side effects?
Headache – This may be in the form of migraines or tension headaches.
What to do: Keep yourself hydrated by drinking your lemonade. Use an icepack or have a nice massage to relieve the pain.
Frequent urination – This is due to elimination of toxins through your urine.
What to do: Drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost.
Increased bowel movement frequency – This is due to the purging effect of the Master Cleanse diet.
What to do: Drink more fluids.
Flatulence – This happens because of your body’s elimination of gaseous toxins.
What to do: Aside from preventing yourself from inhaling that awful-smelling flatus (hahaha), use chamomile oil on your stomach to decrease flatulence and eliminate the bad odor that comes with it.
Weakness and fatigue – This happens on the first few days starting you diet.
What to do: Stay at home. Get some rest. This feeling will be over soon.
Bad breath – The excess acids within your stomach during the cleansing period can give you that bad breath.
What to do: Drink more fluids. Brush your teeth more frequently. Use gargle solutions to eliminate bad breath.
What to do: Drink your lemonade. It will abate your hunger.
How often should you do the lemon detox diet?
Most advocates suggest that doing this diet three to four times a year keeps the body in normal healthy condition. For better results, you can try doing it more frequently.
What are the variations of lemon detox diet?
The lemon detox diet has many variations. However, there are most common variations of this cleansing diet:
Relaxed lemon detox diet – in this version, you substitute either your breakfast or dinner with two or even three glasses of lemonade (see recipe above). Your lunch should consist only of healthy foods without any trace of table sugar, processed foods, white bread, dairy products, red meat, oil, refined flour, alcohol or coffee. With relaxed lemon detox diet, you prolong your night time fasting, giving way to longer body cleansing. However, compared to the full version of lemon detox diet, the effect of relaxed lemon detox diet takes longer to realize.
Once a week detox – This is also like the full version of lemon detox diet. However, you only do it for one day every single week.
Master lemon detox diet – This is the most intensive version of lemon detox diet; it combines the once a week detox and full lemon detox once every few months. With this version, you gain the maximum benefit of lemon detox diet.
Breaking the lemon detox diet
After doing your full detox diet, you can’t just simply go back to your usual diet; you have to wean yourself first from your cleansing diet before you can jump back to your old wagon. Many advocates advice that breaking yourself first from the lemon detox diet is essential to maintain the cleansing’s effect even after your fasting phase.
How do you do it?
Day 1: Drink lots of orange juice only. Don’t eat any solid food just yet.
Day 2: Drink more orange juice. During lunch, you can start eating some vegetable soup. In the afternoon, eat more vegetable soup with some pieces of cooked veggies.
Day 3: You can have more orange juice and vegetable soup. In the evening, try reintroducing yourself to more veggies, fruits and salads.
Day 4: You can have your old diet back. Just remember to do the lemon detox diet once a week and perform the full detox diet once every two to three months to achieve the ideal effect.