Post # 1
Ok so i’m planning on doing the lemon detox starting the 1st of Jan for 7days… NOT to lose weight but to detox.
I would like to know if anyone has done this.. or is currently doing it… how did it work for you? how did you feel during it?
I mentioned it to mum on the weekend and i can understand her concern because of the no solid food part… as she doesn’t want me to lose anymore weight… i didn’t not tell her that i wouldn’t mind losing anything 5kgs… she worries too much… but i thought about also seeing a doctor before hand.
any helpful hints?
I’ve been reading reviews online and it’s 50/50 good and bad.
Post # 3
My boyfriend and I actually decided to do this detox last year. To be honest, the cayenne pepper irritated our throats so bad we couldn’t continue past the first 2 days! (and we used less and less each time) If you’re worried about loosing too much weight, then I would certainly consult your doctor, because there are several detox programs that still support your nutrition while detoxing. Sorry I don’t have much advice since I attempted it multiple times and couldn’t make it past day 2, but I wish you the best of luck!
Post # 4
I’m not worried at all about losing weight… its people around me… only important one being my mum the rest are people at work… who annoy me LOL! I would love to lose an extra 5kgs but i doubt i will by doing the detox.
I have read that if the pepper is too much for you you can put less of it in.
Post # 5
Its really unhealthy. Your body detoxes naturally if you eat healthily. A much gentler and better way to detoxify your body is to drink LOTS of water, cut out anything refined or processed, meat and dairy, and eat lots of the most colourful vegetables you can. Drink at least 4 cups of uncaffienated green tea a day and use psyllium husk (like metamucil but the full husk, which you can get in health food stores) morning and night in a big glass of water. If you drastically cut your caloric intake, your body will actually hold on to fat soluble toxins because your body will go into starvation mode.
If you are REALLY doing this to detoxify, you should consider doing it in a gentler way. Check out Dr. Sandra Cabot’s website for alot of great, gentle detoxes.
Post # 6
I will be doing this detox… unless i find its HEAPS expensive lol.
I’ve read up on it and it says your body won’t strave because of whats in the drink. I know there are better ways to do this but really i’m bad at eating the right foods… i hate veggies and normally dont eat much during the day anyway… and yuk green tea is revolting.
Thanks for your input 🙂
I will be going to my doctor before i do it (and before i buy it) to make sure i’ll be ok 🙂
There is options to do a relaxed version of it, where you replace a few meals a day with the drink but i think i’d rather just do it 100%
Post # 7
I have not heard of any success stories with this “diet” because it causes longterm damage that no one bothers to mention or discuss. Consuming only one thing and nothing else is not healthy at all.
Discuss all diet options with your doctor before you try them.
Post # 8
I know one guy who did it.
His system was so messed up after 1 week that he had to take another week to ween himself back on to solid foods.
He also couldn’t be far from a bathroom at any moment because… well it forcefully cleans you out.
Post # 9
@Baby_PebbleS: I’ve read up on it and it says your body won’t strave because of whats in the drink
This is a myth – the proponents of this diet would have you believe that cayenne pepper speeds up your metabolism because its “hot”…no medical evidence supports that claim. Your metabolism is driven by two things: calories you put into your body, and exercise, which warms the body, increases blood flow and heart rate, and causes your muscles and organs to consume more calories. THe heat or blandness of food in no way speeds up your metabolism.
Typical consumption in a day on the lemon detox diet is 280 calories, all from sugar. Your body simply cannot function on that few calories, so while you will burn some fat stores along the way, the biggest shift your body will make is to become lethargic and sluggish in order to conserve fat stores, because it doesn’t know that you’ll only be doing this for 7 days – evolutionnarily your body has adapted to think that when food is scarce, it can be so for a long time, so it has to conserve. What people think is the detox part of the detox – headaches, nausea, lethargy, irritability (ostensibly from toxins leaving the body) is simply your metabolism slowing down and your body going into survival mode.
I really urge you to listen to what your doctor says, because no qualified physician would recommend this detox. My friend works as an ER nurse, and recently treated a woman who was on day 6 of the detox – she collapsed on the train coming home from work and split her head open and needed 18 stitches (she will have a permanent scar on her forehead)…of course i’m not suggesting that will happen to everyone, but it shows the strain it will put on your system.
Post # 10
My understanding is that this is basically a starvation based diet. There are ways to obtain your “normal” (ex. 1500 or 2000calorie/day) requirements with a liquid based diet. This is not one of them. Because of the excessive caloric restriction (I believe you drink less than 600-660calories/day – and sometimes much less than this), you will likely experience problems such as headaches, feeling of hungriness, irritability and generally less healthy than usual. Any weight lost during that time will likely be regained because it was just water weight.
Post # 11
We tried adding less amounts of the pepper, but it was still extremely irritating.
Also, as far as modifying the diet to substitute meals. A nutritionist told me when I was considering this that it’s all or nothing in order to get the actual detoxification.
Post # 12
Please consult your doctor before you do this. Basically you will be starving yourself for a week. Does that sound like a healthy way to “detox” to you?
If you really want to detox, drink lots of water, eat fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, and cut out refined sugars and processed products. But really think twice and please don’t believe everything you read on the internet.
Post # 13
@KatNYC2011 Yes i read that after it you have to ween yourself back to solid foods
@ScarletBegonia That could have been because she wasn’t having enough water intake as well, it says to drink 2-3lts of the lemon detox stuff as well as 2lts of water perday.
I will be seeing a doctor before hand… and if he says no then i won’t.
Post # 14
If you are going to go through with this insane detox thing, please at least take a multivitamin everyday. You are about to wreak havoc on your metabolic, circulatory, and neurological systems.
Post # 15
@Baby_PebbleS: Any diet where you have to “wean yourself back onto solid food” is NOT a good sign. You are doing damage to your internal organs and will likely gain weight after the fact due to your decreased metabolism.