Post # 1
I AGREE IT IS UNHEALTHY AND DO NOT PLAN ON TRYING IT.
lemonade diet is where you only consume juiced lemons mixed with cayenne pepper and honey for a period of time.
My cousin has been doing this “cleanse” for about a week now and has lost 14 lbs so far. It makes it super hard to hate on it when she has had such drastic results. She says she feels great and energized and plans to do it through the weekend which wil bring her to about 11 or 12 days.
It is frustrating because here I am over here trying to eat healthier and work out 4-5 days a week and I’m barely loosing anything.
This is craziness! but of course, who would listen when you are already getting great results. Has anyone, or known someone, who has done this? What were your results like after the diet? Is it true you gain the weight back?
Post # 3
Not only do you gain the weight back, but you gain it back plus more–AND it slows down your metabolism!
Losing weight is HARD! And if it’s not hard, you are probably not doing it right. And if you’re doing it wrong, you can REALLY hurt your own body!
Post # 4
That sounds awful. No matter how little or how healthy – I need FOOD.
And yes, of course she’ll gain it back. If you consume no calories, your body starts attacking itself (hence major weightloss). Your metabolism also slows way down in an attempt to hold onto every last calorie you consume. So as soon as you start consuming ANYTHING your body will say FOODFOODFOOD and store it all away on your hips for the next time you do something stupid like start drinking lemons and cayenne pepper.
Have you ever known a recovering anorexic? My high school friend went from 84lbs to at least a size 14 at 5’7′ in a few months (so – 180lbs?), on a strict diet. It took a couple years for her to get back to a healthy sz6-8. Those crash diets do the same thing to your body on a smaller scale.
Post # 5
UGH. the girl who sits next to me at work is doing this. She hasn’t lost anything. Watching her chug that lemonade is so disgusting. She has been on it three weeks. Two weeks ago she fainted coming out of the subway. LOL
I will say it’s an improvement from what she was doing before….the cabbage soup diet!
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@leisha606: I would prefer to lose weight the healthy way. It may be slower but at least I am not putting myself in danger of stroking out or having a heart attack due to a chemical imbalance caused by starving myself. No thanks.
All I can think of is Terri Schiavo who had an eating disorder which caused a potassium imbalance which caused her heart to stop beating long enough to cause serious brain damage. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-02-25-schiavo-eating-disorder_x.htm
Post # 7
@MrsTVLover: I am surprised she hasn’t lost anything in 3 weeks! I cant believe my cousin has lost 14lbs in 7 days! That literally took me like 4 months to loose! grrr
@almostmrsj: no I have never known one personally. That is a perfect example of the “yo-yo affect” I hear of pertaining to these diets. I hope she is keeping her healthy lifestyle going!
@beachbride1216: Yikes! That is scary! I really hope nothing like that could happen to her. She is about 5’4 and 195 lbs (post baby) but as far as I know, she isn’t even taking a multi-vitamin. But like i said, she claims to feel better than ever.
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: +1. Totally agree with you!
Post # 9
What people need to understand is that when you want to lose “weight”, what you really want to lose is fat. When you do some drastic fad diet or cleanse like this where you basically starve yourself. You aren’t just losing fat, you’re losing muscle as well. Muscle is the metabolically active tissue in your body! Weight loss should not just be about a number on a scale.
Post # 10
When you say you’re “eating healthier” what do you mean exactly? Are you counting calories, measuring portions, etc.? Because unless you’re tracking what you’re eating, you’re probably getting a lot more calories than you think you are.
I can’t recommend Weight Watchers enough. It’s not difficult, and I’ve lost 35 pounds already! (on my way to at least 100!).
Another bee said this (sorry I can’t remember who) and I think about it all the time: “You get fit in the gym, but you lose weight in the kitchen.” For women this is especially true.
Post # 11
Anything that inclues the word “diet” is usually a short-term fix.
Something that stood out in your post is the word “trying.” If you’re not 100% committed to losing weight, then you won’t be super successful. You need to be all in it or not in it at all. Eating healthy isn’t just about eating “clean” or whatever fad word is being used today. Are you tracking what you’re eating? Counting calories? Meeting your macronutrient needs, etc? Losing weight IS easy, it’s as simple as calories in vs. calories out. I lost 100lbs+ by calorie tracking and I’m back to counting to lose some weight I’ve gained.
The key is to finding what works for you. Whether it be low carb, eating everything in moderation, or whatever else. Move more, eat less, and hold yourself accountable. It works.
Post # 12
Starvation tends to lead to rapid weight loss. Yep. Your cousin is definitely confirming that.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
@PuntaCanaBride: exactly! in addition to losing muscle, a bulk of the weight loss is also water. that’ll come back super fast as soon as she eats anything salty!
Post # 14
I am not “trying” as much as I could be. I am counting calories (i use Lose it! app to track my calories and work outs) I run 1-2 times a week, dance 1-2 times a week and have recently started 30 day shred again and use it 3-5 times a week. (never finished full 30 days). This is also coming from just dancing once or twice a week.
I was running a lot more while training for a 5k. (i couldn’t run 2 mins straight at the start of this year) I also came from eating one large fatty meal a day late at night to 3 balanced meals and incorporated a lot more fruits and veggies. I am far from perfect and can be a sucker for fast foods but eat it significantly less than I use to.
Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to see the scale slowly but surely going down. I am happy with the changes I have made this year. But when she tells me about it, it just makes me feel like WHAT!?!! Not fair!!
Post # 15
@srslovebug: also congrats on the weightloss!
Post # 16
@leisha606: Oh I get where you’re coming from. There’s a lady at my work who has lost 60 pounds doing some outrageous diet, and as much as I want to join her, I know, in the back of my mind, that it’s not the right way to lose weight, nor is it the healthy way.
It sounds like you’re off to a good start. If you don’t have a food scale, definitely invest in one!
And thanks for the congrats. Sadly I’ve gained weight back, so I’m back on the wagon.