In this modern time of a hectic lifestyle, it has become almost natural that many look for quick ways of losing weight. Several types of diets have been rumored and also adopted for losing weight in a very short time.
There is this one that is fast becoming popular and yet effective, it has been touted as the “Master Cleanse”, “Ultimate Detox Drink” and more. Even though it may not be popular amongst Nigerians and most other Africans, sources say it has been practiced by several Hollywood celebrities. The famous Hollywood singer, Beyonce was instrumental in popularizing this liquid diet when she lost around 20 pounds in 2 weeks while on it.
The lemon detox diet is highly effective in destroying free radicals and toxins in the body as its household name implies – Master Cleanse.
Let’s go on to find out what the lemon detox diet involves.
Lemon Detox Diet:
The Lemon detox diet plan is for 2 weeks in which you are not allowed to consume any solid food. All you can consume is the lemon prepared detox drink that includes lemonade (a lemon-flavored drink sweetened with sugar). No food is to be consumed during the course of this diet as it minimizes the effect of lemon detox drink on your body (sounds difficult huh?…I know!). This drink works as a master cleanser as it eliminates all free radicals or toxins from the body.
This is what it does to your body:
It clears your digestive tract, increases the metabolism rate, eliminates excess fat, nourishes your body and gives you energy.
Practical tip – Ensure to drink at least 2 liters of detox drink every day as there should not be lack of water in your body. In other words my food-loving people, this detox drink becomes your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for two weeks! lol
How to Prepare Lemon Detox Drink?
Preparing a lemon detox drink is very easy. All you need is these four easily available things to prepare the drink, these are available in your local market or any nearby Shoprite store.
Ingredients needed (for 1 glass):
- 25 ml Pure Water (I mean pure in actual sense not the common sachet water!)
- 20-30 ml. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 20ml Maple syrup (Organic – i.e not the artificial concentrate of it)
- 1/10 teaspoon chilli pepper
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Mix all the above ingredients well, and your drink is ready. You can make this drink for whole day use as well by storing in the refrigerator.
As you all may already know about the benefits of lemon, consumption of lemonade is healthy and fights many diseases. The Lemon detox drink provides you essential minerals and vitamins while dieting as no other food consumption is allowed.
It is a powerful antioxidant, it detoxifies your body.
The dietary fiber in lemon helps in improving digestion and eliminating waste material, thus cleansing your intestine.
Here are a few benefits of lemon detox diet.
1. Helps Quick Weight Loss:
It detoxifies your body, improves metabolism and helps in burning fat. Since no food is consumed in the course of this diet calorie intake is little or none. All this contributes to quick weight loss in a short time.
2. Good for the Digestive System:
The lemon detox diet (lemonade drink) promotes food digestion and waste elimination by inducing bowel movement. We never give a break to our digestion, as we start eating from our birth and eat until we die. Thus, our digestive system never relaxes. When we go on the lemon detox diet, we cut off ourselves from solid food so our system gets a break and a chance to clean itself in the course of the diet. The elimination of all waste material from the digestive tract makes your digestive system fully cleaned and nourished.
3. Boosts Immune System:
A weak immune system increases the risk of catching several diseases. As we all know, our immune system protects our body against all kinds of ailments ranging from the common cold to wounds to cancer. Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C that is a powerful antioxidant as well as other nutrients, all of which boost your immune system. Following this diet minimizes the risk of various diseases.
4. Healthy and Glowing Skin:
Harmful toxins and free radicals badly affect your skin quality and lead to several skin issues. Free radicals are responsible for causing pre-mature aging seen on the skin in form of fine lines, spots and wrinkles. Studies have reported that when your body detoxifies, you observe fewer skin problems and have smooth, clear skin. By removing toxins from your system, this detox diet plan provides you with a clear and glowing skin.
5. Mental Health:
Studies have revealed that the mental health of dieters improves after detox diet plan. This improvement is because when they lose weight effectively, they regain their self-confidence. The detox diet plan improves your mental clarity.
Health Precautions to Consider:
Though lemon detox diet is highly effective and beneficial, there are a few precautions to exercise to minimize any form of side effects that as usual may arise from following diet plans.
- It is advisable to end and start the lemon detox diet carefully. Sudden intake of food after this diet plan is not advisable as it can lead to health issues. One must go for liquids, then light food and then heavy food consumption. Gradually one should resort to a normal diet i.e progressively switching on and off.
- During this diet, one can have a deficiency of vitamin and minerals. This diet should be discontinued if any health issues are experienced.
- More than 2 liters of lemon detox drink should be consumed in a day as dehydration can take place if enough water is not there in your body.
So, we would love to know what your views are from this post. Will you start to adopt this diet plan into your present lifestyle? Please feel free to share your thoughts with us.