When you hear the words lemonade diet, please tell me your red flags are going up. A diet based off of the drink known as lemonade sounds like a crock of bogus, but unfortunately, a sure way to get people’s attention and interest. Otherwise known as the Master Cleanse Diet, for the sake of all things good, it is best not to think of this diet as a diet (as such would imply that it is something with substance), but more like a detoxifying method. Yes, looking at it from this respect provides a little more with which to work. In this way, it is similar to other cleansing (detoxifying) methods, such as a juice detoxification. Also in this way, it isn’t something that should be followed for long-term; it is simply a short-term solution to detoxify the body. Staying on it for a long time can result in serious nutrient deficiencies; after all, a detox diet “allows” you to eat (or drink) a very select few things, and in every single case, these things don’t provide all the nutrients that our bodies need. Doing this for long periods of time will, obviously, make you deficient in some nutrients.
The Lemonade Diet
Eating and drinking is very restrictive while on the Lemonade Diet. In fact, there are weeks at a time when you have to only go with drinking a lemonade solution made with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and distilled water. Hmmm…sounds…rough. This “special” drink is supposed to supply you with all the nutrition you need with the syrup (a 12-year-old could tell you that maple syrup is not very nutritious, sugar-free or not) so you don’t get hungry, but let me tell you: if you drank nothing but lemonade, no matter the ingredients, for weeks at a time, you WILL be hungry and want to stuff your face with anything that your eyes see.
The Lemonade Drink
To make the drink, you’re supposed to mix 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed organic lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of grade B organic maple syrup, 1/10 of a teaspoon of powdered organic cayenne pepper, and 10 ounces of distilled water. Whenever you’re hungry, you’re supposed to drink the lemonade. Do this 6-10 times per day. The fresh lemon juice contains more vitamins and minerals than bottled lemon juice; the grade B organic maple syrup is supposed to be better than regular maple syrup; and the cayenne pepper is supposed to have natural healing qualities. Nonetheless, it isn’t a sufficient diet on which to sustain the body.
Keep in Mind
Cleansing diets are not made for fat loss. They simply cleanse the body of water and fluid that has been there unnecessarily. Yes, this is a good thing, but you don’t actually lose weight. Weight loss is only visible and considered weight loss when fat is lost for good. Once you go off the cleansing diet (the Lemonade Diet falls into this category), the numbers on the scale will return to where they were before you started the cleanse. So don’t be confused, this diet, and other cleansing diets for that matter, is not meant for weight loss, but for cleansing the body of toxins.
The only good thing that can really be said about this diet is that it rids the body of toxins, cleanses the colon, and the ingredients are safe. The lemonade concoction doesn’t use any bizarre ingredients that may cause serious health problems. However, the benefits stop there. Be careful if you’re truly considering using the lemonade diet. Remember that you can’t use it for weight loss, just as a means to cleanse the body.