When Life Gives you Lemons, Try a Lemonade Diet

Although it generally isn’t a good idea to engage in extreme weight loss programs for a short period of time, at some point in many people’s lives, it often becomes necessary. Whether you need to fit into your bridesmaid’s dress or whether you have an upcoming sports competition with a maximum weight requirement, cleansing diets are the easiest ways to lose up to 20 pounds in just a over 14 days. Cleansing diets are also known as detox diets. These aren’t for the faint-hearted, mind you, as it requires strict discipline. If you are a steady lover of junk food or tend to eat in large quantities, then it is better to ease your way into the diet slowly rather than cutting drastically your bad habits.

One of the most popular forms of detox diet nowadays is the Lemonade Diet, also known as the Master Cleanse Diet. The Lemonade Diet is good for a short amount of time only. It is only meant to detoxify the body after constantly ingesting in wastes and toxins that have been accumulated during holidays or during years of passive activity. It isn’t meant to be a lifestyle diet. The gist of the diet is to drink only lemonade concentrate for ten days and nothing else. This regimen will flush out the harmful toxins that accumulate over time from an unhealthy diet. Lemonade primarily consists of alkalizing ingredients, which means it can neutralize the high acidic buildup in the body. To detoxify, at least 60 oz. of citric fluid is required a day. Apart from this, no solid food or any other liquid apart from water is allowed.

The drink is easy to make. Just mix the following ingredients:
·       4 tables spoons lemon juice, preferably organic
·       4 tablespoons of organic Grade B maple syrup
·       A dash of powdered cayenne pepper, preferably organic
·       20 oz. distilled water

The point is to use the freshest ingredients possible, as lemons rot quickly and will spoil after a few hours. If possible, make yourself a fresh batch every time you drink. Canned lemon juices are not recommended, as they often contain unnecessary sugars. With this recipe, you should drink at least 3 to 7 glasses a day. The juice acts as a vitamin supplement, so if you feel any hunger pangs, drink the mixture instead. You will also notice that there isn’t any specific measurement for cayenne pepper. The taste is a little hard to acquire, so if you’re just starting the diet, you might want to add about 1/10th of a teaspoon and gradually increase the amount as you progress.

Organic lemons are highly recommended, as commercial lemons may contain toxins that will defeat the purpose of the diet. However, if there aren’t any organic choices available in the market, regular lemons are better than nothing. In addition, choose your maple syrup wisely, since most commercial syrups contain high fructose corn syrup, which also defeats the weight loss potential of the diet. Be mindful, and know that Grade B maple syrup is often the best choice.

Finally, it helps to have a steady support system when you begin this diet. Friends and family can provide much needed motivation and encouragement just when you’re longing to reach for those fries! Most importantly, when you do go back to your regular meals, be sure to eat healthily. While the Lemonade Diet can work over a few short weeks, long term nutritional awareness is essential to leading a vibrant, healthy life.